Born In: Columbus, Ohio, United States
Ted Allen is an openly gay American author, television personality and former journalist who originally shot to fame as the 'Food and Wine Connoisseur' on the 'Emmy Award' nominated Bravo network show 'Queer Eye for the Straight Guy'. He is currently best recognized as the longtime host of the Food Network reality-based cooking game-show 'Chopped', which has earned him a 'James Beard Foundation Award'. He had started his career as a freelance journalist focusing on fine dining and worked with 'Chicago' magazine and 'Esquire' magazine as a contributing editor. He continued to write for both the magazines even after earning fame on television, and has contributed to other publications including 'GQ', 'Bon Appétit', 'Food & Wine', and 'Epicurious'. At 'Esquire', he wrote a feature on the little-known phenomenon of male breast cancer, for which he was named a finalist in the 'National Magazine Awards'. Apart from hosting and judging numerous cooking and food-related shows for various networks, he has narrated one episode of the TV series 'Crazy Delicious', acted on series such as 'Modern Love' and 'The Rocketeer', guest starred on an episode of 'Black-ish', and appeared on several documentaries.
Also Known As: Edward Allen
Spouse/Ex-: Barry Rice (m. 2013)
father: Lowell Reese Allen
mother: Donna Allen
Born Country: United States
U.S. State: Ohio
City: Columbus, Ohio
education: Carmel High School, Purdue University, Krannert School of Management, New York University
Ted Allen first met Barry Rice, a former journalist and Columbia College journalism professor who now works as an interior designer, while working as a journalist in Chicago back in 1993. They have been together ever since and after getting legally registered as domestic partners, began referring to each other as 'husband'.
However, even after New York, his current home state, made gay marriage legal in 2011, they decided not to marry until equal rights at federal level was granted. In June 2013, three hours after the US Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional, he announced that he and his partner of two decades were "engaged to be married".
His father died on May 17, 2008 in Carmel, following sudden illness. His mother, who is currently married to Art Adams, filmed an episode of 'Chopped' with Ted in February 2017 for a Mother's Day special to be aired on May 9.
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