Adam Richman

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Adam Richman
Richman in 2014
Adam Montgomery Richman

EducationEmory University (BA)
Yale University (MFA)
Occupation(s)Actor, television host
Years active1995–present

Adam Montgomery Richman[1] is an American actor and television host. He has hosted various dining and eating-challenge programs on the Travel Channel and History Channel.

Early life and education[edit]

Richman, an only child, was born into a Jewish family in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, and raised in the Sheepshead Bay neighborhood.[2][3] He attended "a Solomon Schechter school through eighth grade and then a Talmud Torah high school",[4] ultimately graduating from Midwood High School.[3] He completed his undergraduate degree in international studies at Emory University,[2] and earned a master's degree from the Yale School of Drama.[5] While attending Emory University, Richman was a member of Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity.[6]


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,[7] Richman has kept a travel journal that includes every restaurant he has visited since 1995.

Richman began as a TV host in 2008, with the Travel Channel show Man v. Food, which shows Richman visiting various cities and taking part in eating challenges there. Richman's tenure on the show lasted for four seasons, until 2012. (It was revived in 2017 with a new host, Casey Webb.) To maintain his health while taping the show, Richman would exercise twice a day.[5][8] When the schedule permitted, he would not eat the day before a challenge. He also tried to stay hydrated by drinking a lot of water or club soda and forgoing coffee and soft drinks.[9] For the show's fourth season, it was re-titled Man v. Food Nation, and Richman did not engage in the eating challenges himself, but rather coached others to do so. He stated at the time that this change was not done because he wanted to avoid eating large amounts of food, but rather in order to keep the show interesting.[10]

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).[11]

Richman was a paid spokesman for Zantac during Season 3 of Man v. Food.[12]

Richman wrote the book 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 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 June 6, 2012. This 11-episode weekly series documented Richman's "nationwide quest to find the best thing since sliced bread 'on' sliced bread."[13] He ultimately declared the roast-pork sandwich from Tommy DiNic's in Philadelphia's Reading Terminal Market his "Best Sandwich in America".

Richman hosted the Travel Channel's Adam Richman's Fandemonium, which ran for one season in 2013; the series showed him taking part in various fan events around the United States, such as sporting competitions.[14] He hosted the NBC cooking competition show Food Fighters, which ran for two seasons from 2014 to 2015.[15][2]

In June 2014, Richman posted a photo of his newly svelte physique on Instagram and boasted about his 70-pound weight loss, adding the hashtag "#thinspiration". The post caused controversy because this hashtag was said to be linked to eating disorders.[16] Some Instagram users responded with criticism of the hashtag, and Richman responded to some of them with insults, referring to them as "haters" and telling one to "grab a razor blade & draw a bath".[17] He later apologized, but the Travel Channel postponed Richman's series Man Finds Food, which was meant to begin airing in July 2014, until April 2015.[18]

In 2015, Richman told The Independent that he eats a vegan diet when training for soccer.[19]

Also in 2015, Richman was a judge on the British television series BBQ Champ, hosted by Myleene Klass and broadcast on ITV.

Richman is a leading contributor on the History network's The Food That Built America, which began airing in 2019. In February 2021, he began hosting the History series Modern Marvels[20] and the next year began hosting Adam Eats the 80s.[21]


Year Title Role Notes
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 4 episodes
The Traveler's Guide to Life Himself/host
Man v. Food Nation Himself/host
2012 Amazing Eats Himself/host
Adam Richman's Best Sandwich in America Himself/host
2013 Epic Meal Time Himself/Guest Eater March 19, 2013
Adam Richman's Fandemonium Himself/host
Last Call with Carson Daly Himself November 18, 2013
2014 The Trip: 2014 Himself/host
Sunday Brunch Himself/Guest March 2, 2014
2014-2015 Food Fighters Himself/host
2014-2017 Man Finds Food Himself/host Renamed Secret Eats with Adam Richman for its second season
2015 BBQ Champ Himself/judge UK show for ITV
Celebrity Juice Himself/Guest
2020–23 The Food That Built America Himself/Guest History Channel
2021 Modern Marvels Himself/host History Channel
2022 Adam Eats the 80s Himself/host History Channel
2023 The Unbelievable with Dan Aykroyd Himeself/Guest History Channel

Personal life[edit]

Richman is a fan of the baseball team New York Yankees, soccer teams Tottenham Hotspur[22] and Grimsby Town,[23] and American football team Miami Dolphins (especially their Hall of Fame quarterback, Dan Marino).[24]

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.[25]

In June 2020 Richman became a shareholder in English football club Grimsby Town; he had also previously put money into the club via a fan fundraising scheme called "Operation Promotion".[23]


  1. ^ "Adam Richman on Twitter". Twitter. Archived from the original on August 24, 2021. Retrieved August 24, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c "Get to Know Adam Richman". Food Fighters (official site) / NBC. Retrieved July 15, 2014.
  3. ^ a b Simpson, Willie (September 30, 2013). "TV Food Star Adam Richman Remembers His Sheepshead Roots". Archived from the original on July 27, 2014. Retrieved July 15, 2014.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "Adam Richman of Man v. Food Chats with Heeb". Retrieved February 18, 2012.
  7. ^ Keller, Joel (June 23, 2009). "Adam Richman Hunkers Down to a Third Season of 'Man v. Food'". TV Squad.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ "So why Man v. Food Nation? « Man v. Food Nation Blog". Travel Channel. April 22, 2011. Archived from the original on April 25, 2011. Retrieved February 24, 2012.
  11. ^ Arnold, Ben. "Man Vs Food star loses four stone after quitting show". Retrieved September 20, 2013.
  12. ^ "Zantac Teams with Travel Channel for "Beat the Heat" Tour". Taste Of Buffalo. May 14, 2010. Archived from the original on January 5, 2011.
  13. ^ "Scripps Networks Newsroom: "Adam Richman's Best Sandwich in America" Embarks on the Ultimate National Competition for the Title of Tastiest". Archived from the original on July 12, 2012. Retrieved April 17, 2012.
  14. ^ "About The Show". Travel Channel. Retrieved September 20, 2013.
  15. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 12, 2013). "NBC Picks Up Culinary Game Show Hosted By Adam Richman & Produced By Electus". Deadline. Retrieved July 9, 2013.
  16. ^ Dockterman, Alan, "Man v. Food's Adam Richman Begs Forgiveness After '#Thinspiration' Controversy", Time, July 2, 2014.
  17. ^ Yahr, Emily (June 30, 2014). "Adam Richman's new show pulled from Travel Channel in wake of crude Instagram rant". Washington Post.
  18. ^ "Adam Richman's new show pulled from Travel Channel in wake of crude Instagram rant". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  19. ^ Jenn Selby, "Man v. Food's Adam Richman: 'I've been vegan for three months'" The Independent, April 8, 2015.
  20. ^ "The History Channel to Premiere Season 2 of the Food That Built America". BroadwayWorld. Wisdom Digital Media. Retrieved January 26, 2021.
  21. ^ Major, Michael (January 31, 2022). "History Channel Sets ADAM EATS THE 80s Series Premiere". BroadwayWorld. Retrieved February 25, 2022.
  22. ^ "Man vs. Food star's emotional visit to Tottenham stadium".
  23. ^ a b "Man Vs Food star Adam Richman buys Grimsby Town shares". Grimsbylive. June 19, 2020.
  24. ^ "Famous Fin Fan: Adam Richman". Archived from the original on October 24, 2012. Retrieved October 14, 2012.
  25. ^ Ella Alexander (June 9, 2014). "Adam Richman loses Man vs Food weight and makes Soccer Aid debut". The Independent. Archived from the original on June 15, 2014.

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