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Jan 25, 2012 09:00 PM

what are your thoughts on adam richman?

most loved his man v food because of him attempting ridiculous challenges.

man v food nation, continued this and figured the natural evolution.. i don't think anyone could take more than a few years of those challenges.

people kept replying on twitter saying how these shows showcased fat/what not.. and richman kept replying how he was showcasing small business owners and people who make great meals nothing to do with the challenges.

now he's own to amazing eats.. where he's doing just that. showcasing small business owners and nothing original. he's going to places i've seen at least 2-3 times even though i've never visited that city.

unless there's anything original i'm not watching anymore. anyone else with opinions?

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  1. I like Richman. He comes across as a decent and good guy who is not full of himself (until he eats everything on the plate--haha). Seriously. I much prefer watching him v. G. Fieri. Richman is not gimmicky with his personality. Man v. Food is entertaining, even though it may gross me out at times. Richman, at this point, can be better used elsewhere. You are correct in that the originality(?) has kind of gotten monotonous with the challanges. The idea that he is promoting small business is nice though. Remember that show with Jim O'Donnell--the one where he would travel the country..In Search Of--I'm sure that was the name of the show. They should actually bring that back with BOTH Richman and O'Donnell...I think both their personalities would blend very well. JMO. Also--I think Richman would make a fine son-in-law..if only he could meet my daughter:)

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    1. re: jarona

      He's cute and sweet but I hate his show. Surely his talents could be used elsewhere.

    2. I like him.

      But to me he's like a Twinkie. Tasty, but totally empty calories.

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        Sometimes a tasty little snack is all you need.

        1. re: Samalicious

          Hmmmm....what are we talking about here?

      2. I enjoy the show. Richman is a good pitchman. He's very good at building excitement and talking up places in an entertaining manner.

        I know a few places he's visited. For me they were mediocre, but after watching the show I wanted to go to those places again... like I said, "Richman is a good pitchman." lol

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        1. re: dave_c

          Adam devotes a chapter in his book to Maine lobster rolls. Last summer we visited the place that he ranked as his strong number 2, Fisherman's Grill in Portland, a tiny place that is miles from the touristy parts of town. Excellent lob rolls. The meat is not picked until you order.

        2. I think he seems like a genuine kind fun guy.

          I think that the FN has a billion dollar policy on him and are trying to kill him by gluttony.

          I think he is far better and far more talented then the crap they are offering him.

          I think he deserves a food network makeover.

          I think someone should start a Save Adam campaign.

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          1. re: Bellachefa

            He's not on FN. He's on Tony's channel. OK, there is a shared ownership further up. And the show production is by a third party (with dozens of cable shows to their credit)

            1. re: Bellachefa

              Nice post; great thread

              I do believe the 'psychology of the Adam Richman phenomenon' needs to be closely addressed, think this chow thread is the closest we have to doing it, and I predict that if things continue in stasis the series will end with some unmitigated disaster -- eg after massive weight-gain & other health problems Richman experiences a health problem while filming, and so on. But it is a fairy-tale on gluttony in action, tells us more about the state of our food-hunger expectations than probably anything else, and I do realize that, unless there is serious repentance and public penance, the series is not going to end well ...

              1. re: bkarger

                I think you are confusing a TV show with reality. Just because he eats big portions for the show, it does not mean that he always eats that way. Plus, he has moved on. This year's Man v. Food Nation is the last of that show. His latest show is the 'best sandwich' one.

                1. re: paulj

                  Just a guess here (and really none of my business) but sarcasm seems to be oozing out of bkarger's post and a few others in this topic. I hope it didn't really pass you by. ;o]

            2. His shows are in that long running 'highlighting restaurants and their food' category, with this competitive eating twist. The closest competition is FN's DDD (or worse Heat seekers). I think FN had something like this 10 years ago (not Marc Summer's Unwrapped which focused on food factories). I like CC's Unique Eats best of the current crop. Even Tony and Andrew on TC fall in this category, though the exotic locations often trump the restaurant identities. Still I've read that it can be hard to get reservations in places that Tony visits.