Ali Khan

Hype Beast Foodie

Professional Food Talker


Ali Khan is a television host, food writer, and an overall “hype beast foodie” sharing his love for food across multiple digital platforms. 

The host of Cheap Eats on Cooking Channel is also a regular on The Best Thing I Ever Ate, a judge on Food Network’s Chopped + Chopped Junior and served as host of the fourth season of Spring Baking Championship.

He has written about food professionally for Black Book Magazine, Urban Daddy, LA TACO, You Gotta Eat This as well as authoring his own food blog, Bang for your Burger Buck. 

Eating Fearlessly since day one


Being the child of South Asian immigrants, Ali learned early on that exotic food to some is comfort food to others. He credits his upbringing in the middle of America with parents from literally the other side of the world with his intimate understanding of food and food cultures. 

A ham that yearned to be on stage


In addition to food writing, Ali is a natural born performer trained in the Theatrical Arts at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Southern California where he earned his B.A. in Theater Studies. 

A Career in Food Television


His passion for performance and all things epicurean eventually led him to Food Network, where his earliest appearances include Grill It with Bobby Flay and the Best Thing I Ever Made. Producer credits include Food Network’s $24 in 24, Thanksgiving Live and he helped develop projects for Jeff Mauro, Alton Brown and Simon Majumdar. 

In 2015, Ali premiered his very own show, Cheap Eats, on Cooking Channel. Armed with a budget of only $35, Ali takes a culinary tour of the US on a budget almost anyone can afford. Cheap Eats aired for 5 seasons spanning 40 states and 59 cities in as many episodes. 

In 2018, Ali joined Food Network’s Spring Baking Championship as the host for the 4th season. Ali has made numerous appearances on Food Network’s Chopped and Chopped Junior, Best Thing I Ever Ate.