Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Adam Richman grew up in the food mecca of New York City, where he began his love affair with food early on, sampling all the diverse culinary specialties the Big Apple had to offer. From samosas to sushi, even at a young age Richman had a desire to taste it all.
Years later, as an undergraduate at Emory University in Atlanta, Adam began a food journal to document the standout food establishments he was discovering throughout the southeastern United States. Though he majored in international studies, Richman's love of all things edible naturally drew him into the culinary world after graduation. Subsequently, he built a solid resume working in nearly every echelon of the restaurant world, from coast to coast, from the counter to the kitchen. Though he never trained professionally, Adam gained invaluable on-the-job experience at the various restaurants where he worked.
After earning a master's degree in fine arts from Yale University's School of Drama, Richman traveled the United States acting in many regional theaters. The nature of his work allowed him to feed his appetite for the best local dishes across America -- all of which found their way into his food journal. In 2008, Richman began hosting Man v. Food for Travel Channel, which quickly became one of the network’s most popular shows with a passionate fan following. With Man v. Food Nation, Adam not only hosted but served as co-executive producer of the series. In Richman’s newest series on Travel Channel, Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich in America, he crisscrosses the country on a mission to find the best thing since sliced bread on sliced bread. Adam serves not only as host of the travel series, but also as an executive producer.
Adam’s first book, America the Edible (Rodale Publishing), hit stands Nov. 9, 2010, and his second book, Quest for the Best (Clarkson Potter) will hit stands in fall 2013. Richman is a regular contributor to the TODAY Show, a board member of the Armed Services Foundation and a popular lecturer on the college circuit.
In 2009 and 2010, Adam won the CableFAX award for “Best Host.” He has acted in numerous theater productions in New York and a variety of television shows.
See mouthwatering photos from Best Sandwich in America and watch exclusive, behind-the-scenes video of the restaurants and sandwiches featured in the show.