The One Food Trend Alton Brown Can't Stand

Being a Food Network star has its obvious perks, but what happens when a celebrity chef has to cheerfully prepare, cook, judge, demonstrate, serve — and actually consume a food he or she finds deplorable? Alton Brown, co-host of "Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend," has had to endure food trends that leave him unimpressed all in the name of giving viewers what they want.

The "Good Eats" star has been vocal about his distaste for truffle oil (an aversion shared by Martha Stewart and Gordon Ramsay), and, perhaps it's no surprise, his least favorite food is calf's liver. But do you know which beloved food trend is a real peeve for the cookbook author?

On a recent installment of "The Late Show's Precise Advice" — a segment in which viewers write questions and experts answer them — Brown offered 4½ minutes of his expertise on food and cooking. One fan asked, "What is the one food you think you should want, but you don't?" and it didn't take long for Brown to divulge the food trend he would like to see go away, and he emphasizes each word to be sure you understand how repellent he finds it.

Hold the avocado toast

"I don't ever want to see another piece of avocado toast," says Brown, with mock annoyance. "I would rather eat a rotten cat spread out on bread than put another piece of avocado toast in my mouth. I've had it." Gee, that's harsh!

Despite his distaste for this coveted dish, Brown appealed to the masses and developed his own version called Sherried Sardine Toast. It acknowledges a Hass avocado's sweet, creamy charm, while giving top billing to canned sardines, which he listed as an "unexpected food addiction" on his Food Network profile page. The TV personality understands that not everyone shares his affection for small Norwegian fish. "Look," he says, explaining the recipe during a "Good Eats" episode dedicated to brisling sardines, "why don't we temper any possible combining our brisling with some avocados."

Perhaps this recipe is the only way Brown, who approaches his cooking shows with knowledge, science, and humor (and occasional sound effects) can tolerate avocado toast. We at Mashed, though, still have a deep affection for the dish — after all, it's made from mashed avocado (but 86 the sardines, please) — in all its tasty, fattening splendor.

Brown apparently finds little merit in avocado beyond guacamole. Eventually, though, he started using it in desserts as a healthier fat to replace butter, according to TheRecipe, but as he says on "The Late Show's Precise Advice," don't you put it on toast, or I'll come for you."