Adam Richman (actor)

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Adam Richman
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BornBrooklyn, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor, television personality
Years active1995–present
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Adam Richman
Adam Richman.jpeg
BornBrooklyn, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor, television personality
Years active1995–present

Adam Richman is an American actor and television personality. He has hosted various dining and eating-challenge programs on the Travel Channel.

Early life and education[edit]

Richman was born into a Jewish family in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in the Sheepshead Bay neighborhood of the borough.[1][2] He attended "a Solomon Schechter [school] through eighth grade and then [a] Talmud Torah high school",[3] ultimately graduating from Midwood High School.[2] He completed his undergraduate degree in International Studies at Emory University[1] in Atlanta, Georgia, and earned a master's degree from the Yale School of Drama.[4] While attending Emory University, Richman was a member of Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity.[5]


His acting career has included guest roles on Guiding Light, All My Children, Law & Order: Trial by Jury, and in 2004 he portrayed God as a butcher on Joan of Arcadia. In addition to appearing in regional theater productions throughout the United States, Richman has also been seen in several national television commercials.

As a self-educated food expert and trained sushi chef,[6] Richman has kept a travel journal that includes every restaurant he has visited since 1995. To maintain his health while indulging for his show on Travel Channel's Man v. Food (which aired from 2008 to 2011), Richman would exercise twice a day while on the road.[4][7] When the schedule permitted, he would not eat the day before a challenge. He also tried to stay hydrated by drinking lots of water or club soda and forgoing coffee and soft drinks.[8] Richman retired from competitive eating in January 2012; thus, Man v. Food Nation was the final season of Man v. Food. During his time as a competitive eater, Richman gained a considerable amount of weight and became depressed. After retiring from competitive eating, he lost 60 pounds (27 kg).[9]

Richman was a paid spokesman for Zantac during Season 3 of Man v. Food.[10]

He is also the author of America the Edible: A Hungry History from Sea to Dining Sea, which was released on November 9, 2010, by Rodale Publishing.

On January 23, 2011, Richman appeared on Food Network's Iron Chef America as a judge for a battle with Gruyère cheese as the theme ingredient.

Richman hosted Travel Channel's The Traveler's Guide to Life, which debuted on January 26, 2011, and Amazing Eats, a spin-off of his popular series Man v. Food and Man v. Food Nation, which premiered on January 11, 2012.

Richman also hosted the TV series Adam Richman's Best Sandwich in America which premiered Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 9 p.m. EST. This 11 episode weekly series documented Richman's "nationwide quest to find the best thing since sliced bread 'on' sliced bread."[11] He ultimately declared the roast-pork sandwich from Tommy DiNic's in Philadelphia's Reading Terminal Market his "Best Sandwich in America."

He hosts the Travel Channel's Adam Richman's Fandemonium.[12] An NBC game show called Food Fighters was announced with Richman as host,[13] and is scheduled to premiere July 22, 2014.[1]

In June 2014, Richman found himself embroiled in a social media controversy. He later apologized, but the Travel Channel postponed Richman's series Man Finds Food.[14]


2004Joan of ArcadiaButcher God1 episode
All My ChildrenAndy1 episode
2006My Ex LifeCafe Patronuncredited
Law & Order: Trial by JuryOfficer Marty Cataldo1 episode
Guiding LightLurker1 episode
2008–2010Man v. FoodHimself/Host
2009The Tonight Show with Conan O'BrienHimself1 episode
2011Iron Chef AmericaHimself/ICA Judgeunknown episodes
2011The Traveler's Guide to LifeHimself/Host
2011Man v. Food NationHimself/Host
2012Amazing EatsHimself/Host
2012Adam Richman's Best Sandwich in AmericaHimself/Host
2012–presentBest Thing I Ever AteHimself/Host
2013Epic Meal TimeHimself/Guest EaterMarch 19, 2013[15]
2013Adam Richman's FandemoniumHimself/Host
2013Last Call with Carson DalyHimselfNovember 18, 2013
2014The Trip: 2014Himself/Host
2014Sunday BrunchHimself/GuestMarch 2, 2014
2014Food FightersHimself
2014Man Finds FoodHimself/Hostupcoming series

Personal life[edit]

Richman is a fan of the New York Yankees and the Miami Dolphins (especially their Hall of Fame quarterback, Dan Marino).[16] He also supports English soccer clubs Tottenham Hotspur and Grimsby Town.[17][18]

On 8 June 2014 Richman represented the "Rest of the World" team in the annual Soccer Aid match against England at Old Trafford, Manchester in a game that combined former professional players and celebrities. Richman was quoted as saying that he lost 30 kilograms (66 lb) for the game, and cried when he was asked to take part.[19]


  1. ^ a b c "Get to Know Adam Richman". Food Fighters (official site) / NBC. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Simpson, Willie (September 30, 2013). "TV Food Star Adam Richman Remembers His Sheepshead Roots". Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  3. ^ Moses, Jeremy (August 28, 2009). "Interview: Man v. Food v. Jeremy » Mixed Multitudes – My Jewish Learning: Exploring Judaism & Jewish Life". Archived from the original on November 7, 2009. Retrieved February 18, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Friedlander, Whitney (January 27, 2009). "Travel Channel’s Adam Richman digs into ‘Man v. Food’". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on January 24, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Adam Richman of Man v. Food Chats with Heeb". Retrieved February 18, 2012. 
  6. ^ Keller, Joel (June 23, 2009). "Adam Richman Hunkers Down to a Third Season of 'Man v. Food'". TV Squad. 
  7. ^ Aromin, Joshua (February 5, 2009). "Travel Channel's 'Man vs. Food' a worthy contender". The Good 5¢ Cigar (The University of Rhode Island). Archived from the original on August 19, 2009. 
  8. ^ Norton, Al (February 11, 2009). "411mania Interviews Man v. Food's Adam Richman". 411mania. 
  9. ^ Arnold, Ben. "Man Vs Food star loses four stone after quitting show". Retrieved 2013-09-20. 
  10. ^ "Zantac Teams with Travel Channel for "Beat the Heat" Tour". Taste Of Buffalo. May 14, 2010. 
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  12. ^ "About The Show". Travel Channel. Retrieved September 20, 2013. 
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 12, 2013). "NBC Picks Up Culinary Game Show Hosted By Adam Richman & Produced By Electus". Deadline. Retrieved July 9, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Adam Richman’s new show pulled from Travel Channel in wake of crude Instagram rant". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 1, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Chocolate Breakfast - Epic Meal Time". YouTube. 2013-03-19. Retrieved 2013-07-09. 
  16. ^ "Famous Fin Fan: Adam Richman". Retrieved 2012-10-14. 
  17. ^ "Man vs Food star & Tottenham Hotspur fan Adam Richman visits the Lane!". Retrieved 2012-12-03. 
  18. ^ "Mariner vs. Food". The Fishy. 2013-03-28. Retrieved 2013-07-09. 
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