You probably remember Adam Richman from Man v. Food, the Travel Channel hit that saw him crisscross the country to take on various eating challenges. What you may not know is that he’s a seasoned chef who’s a lot more svelte these days. The Brooklyn native has dropped 70 pounds since the show finished in 2012, thanks to a lean nutrition plan and regular soccer training.
It’s a pretty cool story that, thanks to social media, has taken a tough turn. Essentially, Richman got into an Instagram imbroglio after posting a photo of his new physique with the hashtag “thinspiration.” Apparently that’s a sensitive term, as it’s popular in pro-anorexia and pro-bulimia circles. (We had no idea either.) When people called him out on it, things got ugly, as detailed by The Washington Post and other sources. Long story short, his new Travel Channel series, Man Finds Food—scheduled to begin airing this week—has been pulled or at least delayed.
All this drama threw a real kink into our plans to run a story in conjunction with the new show. Because recently, Richman was on hand to present quite a feast at a fantastic Tasting Table Test Kitchen event in lower Manhattan. On the menu: five sumptuous Richman-designed courses paired with delicious Alamos Wines—try the Malbec!—from Argentina.
While his social media posts may have been incendiary, he has since apologized, and for what it’s worth he was utterly charming in person. Plus, the dude knows food. So between bites of Chimichurri skirt steak tacos, we asked him about some his favorite meals, then feverishly typed iPhone notes. Without further ado, here are six dishes worth sampling immediately. Whether you choose to ’gram ’em is up to you…
2. The Burger at Red Mill Burgers in Seattle: flame-broiled quarter-pound beef patties, available in 11 varieties, including the bacon deluxe with cheese (above).
3. The Burnt Ends at Salt Lick Bar-B-Que in Driftwood, Texas: Not actually listed on the menu, but they’ll hook you up if you ask. Crispy, creamy, chewy, salty and sweet from the sauce. It melts in your mouth.
5. The Haystack Sandwich at The Silo in Lewiston, New York: Seasoned ribeye steak with loads of melted mozzarella, piled high with toasted hash browns and served on a fresh baked hoagie roll. Served with mayo.
6. The BBQ Wings at Slow’s Bar-B-Q in Detroit: Marinated, rubbed and smoked until awesome.