Adam Richman, TV personality, culinary traveler, cook and author, was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. With the diverse culinary mecca of New York City at his fingertips, Adam’s love affair with and intense interest in food and food culture developed at an early age. Though originally he was most widely known as the host of Travel Channel’s “Man V. Food,” Adam’s résumé has since expanded to include host and co-executive producer of five titles across Travel Channel (“Man V. Food Nation,” “Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich in America,” “Fandemonium,” “Carnivore Chronicles” and “Secret Eats”) and host of NBC’s “Food Fighters.” In addition to being a frequent contributor to NBC’s “The TODAY Show,” he is also the author of two books (America the Edible, Straight Up Tasty), and his production company, County of Kings, co-created and co-executive produced “BBQ Champ,” a wildly popular competition series, for ITV in the UK. A Yale graduate, Adam speaks four languages and has traveled the globe – visiting 13 countries alone for season two of “Secret Eats with Adam Richman” – on his quest to highlight local food culture on a national stage and uncover the world’s hidden edible treasures.
Around the Corner and Across the World
Long before discovering his thirst for travel, Adam had access to authentic delicacies from around the globe, all within the borders of his diverse Brooklyn neighborhood. However, it was cooking a plain cheese omelet with his Aunt Anne that became a defining moment of his early years. Watching simple ingredients such as eggs and American cheese magically transform from basic staples into a versatile composed dish was revelatory for a young Adam and ignited his fascination with the culinary world.
As an undergraduate at Emory University in Atlanta, Adam began keeping a journal to document the standout food establishments he discovered throughout the Southeast. Though he majored in International Studies, his passion for all things edible naturally drew him towards the food industry after graduation. Thereafter, he built a solid résumé working in nearly every echelon of the restaurant world, from coast-to-coast, from counter to kitchen, receiving a complete 360-degree industry perspective. Adam variously served as host, busboy, waiter, line cook, catering manager and barback, and even trained as a sushi chef, gaining invaluable onthe-job experience and a holistic knowledge of what it takes to run a restaurant.
Adam returned to school and received a master’s degree in Fine Art from Yale University’s School of Drama. He subsequently traveled the country with a regional theater company, instinctively seeking out the best local dishes across America and recording his discoveries in his food journal. In 2008, with nearly 13 years’ worth of his personally documented restaurant finds at his disposal, Adam’s culinary and theatrical aspirations fused when he began hosting Travel Channel’s “Man V. Food.” When the show became an immediate success, Adam quickly gained national recognition as the face of one of the network’s highest rated programs.
Travel Channel and Beyond
Building his TV résumé, subsequently Adam assumed hosting and co-executive producing duties on “Man V. Food Nation,” “Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich in America,” “Fandemonium,” and “Man Finds Food” (2015) on Travel Channel, as well as “Secret Eats with Adam Richman” on Travel Channel (2016) and on Cooking Channel (2017-2018). In 2014, Adam hosted NBC’s successful food competition show “Food Fighters,” which aired for two seasons. Under his production company banner, County of Kings, and in conjunction with Whizz Kidd Entertainment, he co-created and co-executive produced “BBQ Champ” for ITV in the UK in 2015. It has since aired across New Zealand, Asia, Italy and Canada, and as a localized adaptation in Brazil.
Screen, Page and Stage
Adam’s first book, America the Edible (Rodale Publishing, 2010), offered a behind-the-scenes look at his adventures traveling – and eating, of course – across the US. In 2015, inspired by the many great cuisines sampled during his travels, Adam penned his first cookbook, Straight Up Tasty (Clarkson Potter), featuring his signature take on globally-inspired comfort food. Always restlessly creative, Adam has drawn upon his fine arts roots to act in numerous theater productions in New York City, and has appeared on a wide range of TV shows. In 2016, he coproduced the New York and London runs of the play, Stalking the Bogeyman. A die-hard supporter of the Tottenham Hotspur Football Club and ardent fan of the New York Yankees and Miami Dolphins, Adam currently resides in Brooklyn, New York, and is an avid collector of sneakers, ties, magnets and artisanal coffee.