Good Eats

Season 1 Episode 1

Steak Your Claim

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jul 07, 1999 on Food Network
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Host Alton Brown journeys from field to market to hardware store in search of the perfect steak and the perfect pan to sear it in. Recipes featured in this episode: Pan Seared Rib Eye.

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  • Start the season out with a bang! This episode gives great info on salt, iron skillets & meat thermometers. The episode is full of good tips for general knowledge, not just steak making!moreless

    The show needed to start off with a bang and it certainly did! This episode gave me a totally new way to cook steak! So long to the grill when it comes to steak! I was very surprised at how good the steak prepared as Alton demonstarted actually was.

    Alton gave great info on salt, iron skillets & meat thermometers. His wit & progressive style complements his cooking style perfectly. Kosher salt...who knew? The episode is full of good tips for general knowledge, not just steak making!

    The episode moves along nicely through out & gives great information as is typical in this series. As is also typical, the end product is phenominal. Great job!moreless
  • Since it\'s the first, it set the standard.

    This was the first episode of Good Eats and in my opinion, one of the best. It set the standard for the rest. Originally, it was 45 minutes long. Once Food Network bought it, it had to be pared down for a 30 minute time slot. It has every element that makes Good Eats great: one food theme, cookware, travel, expert advice, humor, props, etc. I think Alton is at his best in this first show.

    Steak Your Claim and the followin show on potatoes were the first two shows created as pilots for Good Eats. The kitchen scenes in the first house are, IMHO, some of the best since it resembles an average kitchn instead of the rather posh kitchen he now uses.moreless
  • An excellent start to an essential cooking series. In this episode, Alton Brown introduces viewers to the best way to buy and prepare a great ribeye steak.

    I give this episode a 10 - not because it is the best episode that Alton Brown does on his Good Eats show, but because almost all of the episodes of this series include incredibly valuable kitchen lessons. Alton doesn\'t teach you recipes - he teaches you how to cook. You learn what to do, why it works, and (if you pay attention) how the techniques can be applied to other dishes. Even if you known nothing about cooking, his advice will turn you into a capable cook. Even if you\'re a master (amateur) chef, you\'ll still find new golden techniques that will make your dishes better.

    This episode was a decent pilot for the series. It tells you everything you need to know to buy, prepare and eat a great (ribeye) steak. There are a few minor flubs and a rather unfocused interview at the start of the episode, but once you\'ve seen a few episodes, you\'ll appreciate these minor glitches as the growing pains of a great series. Despite these flubs, you\'ll learn a dozen things about preparing a great steak that will drastically improve your next beef experience.

    The episodes just get better as the years progress. Now, more than 150 episodes later, Alton has developed a style that is education, entertaining and unique.

    Give Good Eats a try and you\'ll quickly understand what sets it so far above all the other cooking series on TV.moreless

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