1965 - Allen was born in Columbus, Ohio on May 20, 1965.
1987 - Graduated from Purdue University with a degree in psychology.
1988 - Pursued a master's degree but left the MBA program to worked as a copy editor at the Journal and Courier.
1989-1996 - Became a freelancer for Chicago magazine and wrote restaurant critiques for the dining section and features for the magazine.
1997 - Worked as a contributing editor for Esquire.
2003 - Became a member of the reality television program Queer Eye's Fab Five as the "Food and Wine connoisseur".
2005 - Published his beginner's cookbook titled The Food You Want To Eat: 100 Smart, Simple Recipes.
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