Ted Allen

Born - May 20, 1965 in Columbus, Ohio, United States  |   Genres - Leisure Arts

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Many know Ted Allen for his role as one of the "Fab Five" on TV's Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. A native of the Midwest, Allen developed a love of food and cooking as a child, eventually leading to the expertise as a gourmet that would fuel his career. In addition to his part on Queer Eye from 2003 to 2007, Allen acted as a host and/or judge on Top Chef, Chopped, Food Detectives, as well as a PBS miniseries called Uncorked: Wine Made Simple.


  • Was a senior editor and restaurant critic at Chicago magazine.
  • Was a finalist for a National Magazine Award for an article he wrote for Esquire magazine on male breast cancer. 
  • Has authored a number of books, including 2012's In My Kitchen: 100 Recipes and Discoveries for Passionate Cooks.
  • Is a spokesperson for Dining Out for Life, a charity that raises funds for AIDS service organizations.