A white-clad Southern gentleman based on Southern Gentlemen of yore, with a distinct resemblance to Colonel Sanders, Colonel Boatwright demonstrates traditional Southern recipes such as upside-down cake, ambrosia, mint julep, catfish, and bourbon pecan pie.


While the character is not directly based on the famous KFC Proprietor, Alton Brown himself does hold the title of Kentucky Colonel.

According to the Catfish episode, the Colonel claims to be Alton's uncle by way of mentioning "That no-good nephew of mine".