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Travel Channel's Man v. Food

cocostarfish Dec 7, 2008 05:01 AM

Has anyone seen this show yet? It's really fun and I LOVE the host. With Bizarre Foods and Bourdain, it seems the Travel Channel is doing food shows better then the Food Network.

It airs Wednesdays at 10p.


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    Ericandblueboy RE: cocostarfish Dec 8, 2008 07:02 AM

    I've only seen previews. Seems kind of silly in a funny way. Maybe I'll DVR it this week.

    1. LaLa RE: cocostarfish Dec 8, 2008 07:07 AM

      I love the travel channel.My favorite is Sam Brown's shows but you are right...i see more food on it than food network!


      1. dave_c RE: cocostarfish Dec 8, 2008 10:38 AM

        I caught the re-airing of two shows last night - Amarillo and Memphis.

        I know the hook of the show is the last segment where he (Adam Richman) takes on the food challenge. I found that part to be boring and kind of gross.

        I enjoyed the warm-up places he visited before the big challenge.
        Gus's fried chicken and the ribs at Rendevous looked great!

        I also enjoyed that Richman described the food he was eating vs us watching him eat.

        Describes the food and the flavor
        He's a chatterbox with some witty banter - Interacts very well with the restaurant staff
        Does NOT use phrases like "too legit to quit" or "that's money"

        Watching someone consume mass quantities is not appealing
        Parts of the show seemed staged - the ending Q&A segment and bits throughout the show.
        Lack of food knowledge (?) where Richman made a comment that chuck is good steak. (Really?)

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          Ericandblueboy RE: dave_c Dec 10, 2008 06:25 PM

          Watching the Pittsburgh episode. He's eating alot of food that I wouldn't touch with a 10 foot pole. He's lessing annoying than Guy but that doesn't say much about his slovenly ways.

        2. Phaedrus RE: cocostarfish Dec 11, 2008 04:44 AM

          I am of two minds about this. I like his energy, and he is way less obnoxious than Guy Fieri. I also like to find out about the places he visits, although the steak place in Amarillo is a Travel Channel favorite, they have been there a bunch of times, even Tony Bourdain went there.

          The shovel the food in your mouth thing is something uniquely American. i guess we are all so used to the abundance of food in this country that it takes something like consuming massive quantities of food to get our attention since we can't actually taste the food ourselves. It is still pretty disgusting to see though. You can eat 72 oz of meat looking dainty I guess.

          1. ritabwh RE: cocostarfish Dec 12, 2008 01:03 AM

            I guess I could click on his bio...but, is he a professional eater?

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              Ericandblueboy RE: ritabwh Dec 12, 2008 06:03 AM

              I think he says he's not. I watched another episode (that I recorded) last night. After two shows, I think he is as annoying as Guy.

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                sommrluv RE: Ericandblueboy Dec 15, 2008 03:49 PM

                I watched part of the one show, where he ate that four pound steak?

                It made me physically ill. They basically butterflied a roast. EWWWWWWW.

                I had to change the channel, I don't know if he finished it or not.

                It was almost as foul as those hidden valley ranch commercials and the buckets of dressing.

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                  scubadoo97 RE: Ericandblueboy Jan 26, 2009 04:07 PM

                  hard to beat Guy in the annoyance category

              2. JungMann RE: cocostarfish Dec 16, 2008 07:38 AM

                There is a boyish earnestness that I find very entertaining in Adam Richman. He's the sole reason I watch the show (if there's nothing else on). He's got the perfect personality for the show: not obnoxious like Guy Fieri, not vulgar like Bourdain, not esoteric like Zimmern. I rarely watch full episodes, but every now and then I'll flip through and see him covered in some unknown sauce, perspiring from spice and the labor of eating 5 lbs. of meat in 5 minutes, his eyes near dazed but with this determined "I-Think-I-Can. I-Think-I-Can." look on his face.

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                  hudsonvalleyfoodblog RE: JungMann Jan 28, 2009 06:32 AM

                  I'm sure after one season everyone will be complaining about Adam Richman as well.

                2. Miss Needle RE: cocostarfish Dec 16, 2008 02:38 PM

                  I like him -- a much more likable version of Guy Fierri. Watching him cram all that food down kind of turns my stomach, but I'm willing to watch it. I will always catch him on the repeats as Top Chef is on at 10P on Wed.

                  1. Davwud RE: cocostarfish Dec 17, 2008 11:09 AM

                    I've just recently caught this show and so far I like it.

                    I can see where it may become somewhat redundant though. Take away to food challenge and it's just another "Go to a city and eat at a few different places" show. The food challenge might lose it's charm. I find the stories about the others having met the challenge better than watching Adam challenged. Such as the story of the 83 YO grandmother who ate the 72oz steak.


                    1. L_W RE: cocostarfish Dec 20, 2008 12:37 PM

                      I finally caught this and I did enjoy this. But I also enjoy Guy F. I think the thing about Guy is the way the FN edits his stuff to make him look as "silly" as possible. I have a feeling that this show could easy be as over the top as Guy's quite easily.

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                        Kinnexa RE: cocostarfish Dec 25, 2008 04:17 PM

                        The ads looked promising but...too piggy for me. And the cheerleaders drive me nuts!

                        In the right light (and while stuffing his face) this guy looks a lot like John Belushi - think 'Animal House'

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                          therealdoctorlew RE: Kinnexa Dec 25, 2008 04:33 PM

                          Nothing exceeds like excess.

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                          FireRev RE: cocostarfish Dec 25, 2008 06:33 PM

                          This is so funny! When I saw this show, and set my dvr to record it, I thought it was a new show hosted by ALAN Richman, the food writer for GQ. I was impressed, because ALAN has some serious food cred. But this guy ADAM is someone else. I'm assuming not related. Ha!

                          I guess I'll still check out the show, but I don't expect much now.

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                            Ericandblueboy RE: FireRev Dec 26, 2008 09:06 AM

                            Alan Richman would probably make an entertaining food show.

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                            TheSFFog RE: cocostarfish Jan 25, 2009 07:38 PM

                            I like the show but Kevin Arnold ( Fred Savage ) has really let himself go. Maybe he could bring Winnie Cooper along for a couple of episodes !

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                              Phaedrus RE: TheSFFog Jan 26, 2009 04:54 AM

                              LOL. Its true! I guess Winnie left him too.

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                                newfie29 RE: TheSFFog Jan 26, 2009 08:20 AM

                                Watched it for the first time last night, and Kevin Arnold came to mind immediately - that sort of cocked eyebrow, inquisitive look that is quite endearing - I find the show quite entertaining, in a gluttonous sort of way...

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                                Bunson RE: cocostarfish Jan 26, 2009 11:21 AM

                                This is a fun show to watch! The host is great, they do a good job of showcasing the restaurant, and the half hour format compacts everything in nice and tight and makes the half hour fly by.

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                                  CucumberBoy RE: Bunson Jan 27, 2009 10:54 AM

                                  I like the concept -- I'm a filthy pig myself -- but the host has all the personality of a phone book.

                                  My gut feeling -- and it's a big one -- is The Travel Channel is going for their own version of the "young, urban and inexplicably hip food show host" ala Guy Fieri.

                                  At least Guy has some credibility, some skills other than simply shoveling food into his gullet.

                                  I submitted a programming idea to FN recently -- I call it "Stomach Stuffers". The show features celebrities who've recently undergone stomach-stapling/lap band surgery; the first segment will show graphic details of the surgery and recovery process. The second segment will be a competition whereby celebrities out-do one another to see who can stretch and distend their new "thumbache" the quickest, ala Carnie Wilson.

                                  I'm still waiting for FN's reply and cheque.


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