May 16, 1974|
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Emory University (BA)|
Yale University (MFA)
|Occupation||Actor, television personality|
|Years active||1995– present|
Early life and education
Richman was born into a Jewish family in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in the Sheepshead Bay neighborhood of the borough. He attended "a Solomon Schechter school through eighth grade and then a Talmud Torah high school", ultimately graduating from Midwood High School. He completed his undergraduate degree in International Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and earned a master's degree from the Yale School of Drama. While attending Emory University, Richman was a member of Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity.
Richman's acting career has included guest roles on Guiding Light, All My Children, Law & Order: Trial by Jury, and he portrayed God as a butcher on Joan of Arcadia in 2004. In addition to appearing in regional theater productions throughout the United States, he was also seen in several national television commercials.
As a self-educated food expert and trained sushi chef, 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 originally aired between 2008 and 2012), Richman would exercise twice a day while on the road. 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. 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).
Richman 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.
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. ET. This 11 episode weekly series documented Richman's "nationwide quest to find the best thing since sliced bread 'on' sliced bread." He ultimately declared the roast-pork sandwich from Tommy DiNic's in Philadelphia's Reading Terminal Market his "Best Sandwich in America."
In June 2014, Richman found himself embroiled in a social media controversy over comments he made about his weight loss, which were accompanied by a hashtag said to be linked to eating disorders. Highlighting the controversial nature of the encounter are allegations that Richman referred to one or more of his followers as "haters" and further advised them to "grab a razor blade & draw a bath"  He later apologized, but the Travel Channel postponed Richman's series Man Finds Food.
In 2015, Richman told The Independent that he eats a vegan diet when training for soccer.
|2004||Joan of Arcadia||Butcher God||1 episode|
|All My Children||Andy||1 episode|
|2006||My Ex Life||Cafe Patron||uncredited|
|Law & Order: Trial by Jury||Officer Marty Cataldo||1 episode|
|Guiding Light||Lurker||1 episode|
|2008–2012||Man v. Food||Himself/Host||85 episodes|
|2009||The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien||Himself||1 episode|
|2011||Iron Chef America||Himself/ICA Judge||unknown episodes|
|2011||The Traveler's Guide to Life||Himself/Host|
|2011||Man v. Food Nation||Himself/Host|
|2012||Adam Richman's Best Sandwich in America||Himself/Host|
|2013||Epic Meal Time||Himself/Guest Eater||March 19, 2013|
|2013||Adam Richman's Fandemonium||Himself/Host|
|2013||Last Call with Carson Daly||Himself||November 18, 2013|
|2014||The Trip: 2014||Himself/Host|
|2014||Sunday Brunch||Himself/Guest||March 2, 2014|
|2014||Man Finds Food||Himself/Host||Renamed Secret Eats with Adam Richman for its second season|
|2015||BBQ Champ||Himself/judge||UK show for ITV|
On June 8, 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.
- "Get to Know Adam Richman". Food Fighters (official site) / NBC. Retrieved July 15, 2014.
- Simpson, Willie (September 30, 2013). "TV Food Star Adam Richman Remembers His Sheepshead Roots". SheepsheadBites.com. Retrieved July 15, 2014.
- Moses, Jeremy (August 28, 2009). "Interview: Man v. Food v. Jeremy " Mixed Multitudes – My Jewish Learning: Exploring Judaism & Jewish Life". Myjewishlearning.com. Archived from the original on November 7, 2009. Retrieved February 18, 2012.
- 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.
- "Adam Richman of Man v. Food Chats with Heeb". HeebMagazine.com. Retrieved February 18, 2012.
- Keller, Joel (June 23, 2009). "Adam Richman Hunkers Down to a Third Season of 'Man v. Food'". TV Squad.
- 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.
- Norton, Al (February 11, 2009). "411mania Interviews Man v. Food's Adam Richman". 411mania. Archived from the original on September 14, 2012. Retrieved May 31, 2017.
- Arnold, Ben. "Man Vs Food star loses four stone after quitting show". yahoo.com. Retrieved 2013-09-20.
- "Zantac Teams with Travel Channel for "Beat the Heat" Tour". Taste Of Buffalo. May 14, 2010. Archived from the original on January 5, 2011.
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- "About The Show". Travel Channel. Retrieved September 20, 2013.
- Andreeva, Nellie (March 12, 2013). "NBC Picks Up Culinary Game Show Hosted By Adam Richman & Produced By Electus". Deadline. Retrieved July 9, 2013.
- Dockterman, Alan, "Man v. Food’s Adam Richman Begs Forgiveness After ‘#Thinspiration’ Controversy", Time Magazine, July 2, 2014
- Yahr, Emily; Yahr, Emily (30 June 2014). "Adam Richman's new show pulled from Travel Channel in wake of crude Instagram rant" – via washingtonpost.com.
- "Adam Richman's new show pulled from Travel Channel in wake of crude Instagram rant". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
- Jenn Selby, "Man v. Food's Adam Richman: 'I've been vegan for three months'" The Independent, 8 April 2015.
- "Chocolate Breakfast - Epic Meal Time". YouTube. 2013-03-19. Retrieved 2013-07-09.
- "Man vs. Food star's emotional visit to Tottenham stadium". amp.usatoday.com.
- "Famous Fin Fan: Adam Richman". miamidolphins.com. Retrieved 2012-10-14.
- Ella Alexander (9 June 2014). "Adam Richman loses Man vs Food weight and makes Soccer Aid debut". The Independent.