Adam Richman grew up in New York City and began his love affair with food early on, sampling all of 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, Richman began a food journal to document the standout food establishments he was discovering throughout the southeastern United States. Though he majored in international studies, his 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 and from the counter to the kitchen. While never training professionally, Richman gained invaluable on-the-job experience at the various restaurants 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. He served as host and as an executive producer for several subsequent Travel Channel shows including Man v Food Nation, Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich in America, Adam Richman’s Fandemonium and for his latest Travel Channel series, Man Finds Food, which premieres on April 1, 2015.
Richman’s first book, “America the Edible” (Rodale Publishing), hit stands November 9, 2010. His next book, “Straight Up Tasty” (Clarkson Potter), will be available in Spring 2015. Richman is a board member of the Armed Services Foundation and popular lecturer in the college circuit.
In 2009 and 2010, Richman won the CableFAX award for “Best Host.” He has acted in numerous theater productions in New York and a variety of television shows.
Watch the series premiere of Man Finds Food on Wednesday, April 1, at 9|8c.
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