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Man V. Food - Mouthwatering TV

Updated on April 17, 2011

Adam Richman in Springfield, IL

Adam Richman taking on the Joe Rogers Firebrand Chilli Challenge in Springfield, IL  Picture: The Travel Channel, L.L.C.
Adam Richman taking on the Joe Rogers Firebrand Chilli Challenge in Springfield, IL Picture: The Travel Channel, L.L.C.

Man V. Food

For those of you who do not watch Travel Channel, now would be a good time to check it out. Man Vs. Food is a hit show because of a gracious host with an appetite for food and life. Host Adam Richman travels throughout the country to sample of some of the countries finest offerings of food and take on some insane challenges.

The show started airing on the Travel Channel in December 2008 giving the Travel Channel its highest ratings.

Adam Richman visits three popular restaurants in the city of his filming. The first episode features Adam visiting Columbus, Ohio. His travels take him to Thurman Cafe, Schmidt's Sausage Haus, and Ohio Deli. On this episode, Adam tackles the Dagwood challenge. It is a 2 1/2-pound cold-cut sandwich with fries that challengers have 30 minutes to defeat. In addition to visiting the restaurants, Adam gives viewers insights of the host city. In Columbus, he is filmed at Ohio Stadium, home of The Ohio State University Buckeyes football team and filmed in front of the Ohio State House and Batelle Riverfront Park.

Back in mid-July, Adam Richman came to my hometown of Springfield, Illinois. The crew was in town for four days.

In Springfield, Adam visited D'Arcy's Pint Bar and Grill, the Cozy Dog Restaurant, and Joe Rogers Chili Parlor. D'Arcy's Pint is known for the Springfield food delicacy of horseshoes. For those of you not familar with a horseshoe it is two pieces of toast, with your meat or egg of choice, and fries covered in cheese sauce. You will only find this delicacy in Springfield. The Cozy Dog is famous for the cozy dog (a batter dipped hot dog on a stick). Something you will find at fairs and carnivals. Adam's challenge in Springfield was to eat five bowls of firebrand chili at Joe Rogers. Anyone who eats one bowl of firebrand chili gets their name put on the wall. Trust me, this chili is hot and I have never attempted this feat. Adam matched the record of eating five bowls of the firebrand chili but there is a rumor that record has been shattered since the showing of the episode.

Some of the cities Adam has visited include:

Upcoming episode have Adam visiting Baltimore, Detroit, Little Rock, AR, Brooklyn, NY, Anchorage, AK, Tuscon, AZ, and New Jersey.

Adam Richman is not a competitive eater as he states at the beginning of the show. He is very engaging to the audience. He has worked as an actor and in the food industry.

Man vs. Food is a show you definitely want to catch on the Travel Channel. To learn more about the show, visit In case some of you are wondering, he has conquered food eight times and losing to food four times.

The show airs Wednesday nights 10PM/9PM Central on the Travel Channel.

Update (1/19/10) - Man V. Food will air a live episode on Wednesday, February 3rd from Miami, home of Super Bowl XLIV. Adam will take on a mammoth 48oz steak on the beach. The two hour live episode will air at 9PM/8PM Central.

May 28, 2010 Update - On June 16th, we will see the return of Season Three of Man V. Food. Adam Richman will visit such places as Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Cleveland, Puerto Rico, San Diego, Richmond, Virginia, and Boulder, Colorado.

Adam Richman Before Taking on the Firebrand Chili Challenge at Joe Rogers in Springfield, IL

Adam Richman in Columbus, OH


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    • LakeShow T profile image

      LakeShow T 

      8 years ago

      I love the show and the hub! I can tell that Adam has stretched his stomach from season one until now by doing all of these challenges. He used to have trouble with the 5lb challenges and now he is nearly completing 7lb challenges. Every time I watch this show it makes me want to enter one of these competitions myself.

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      8 years ago

      I agree Adam is nuts but very entertaining. Those are quite the challenges, I know I couldn't do it:0) Firstly I am a semi vegetarian and very much into selections of foods that go in my gut, I search for Organic as much as possible. Mind you, I do eat pizza, one of my favorite foods, can't be without it and popcorn when I am sitting down in front of my 52" screen watching my favorite sports show. NHL and golf. lol....must mention though, I was at a restaurant in Bollenbrook Ill. They served up a challenge to anyone who could consume this hamburger, it was 12" in circumference. And the challenge was to eat it totally, not a crumb to be left. I saw a huge guy attempt it and fail, then this skinny dude, sat down with a smile on his face and ate the whole bloody burger, his picture was taken, no ticket was given to him and his mug shot was placed on the wall alongside others who had successfully eaten this massive burger.

      Like that Oriental fellow who eats hot dogs like no one can, where the heck does he put those doggies and buns. Hah....good hub, entertaining, I rate it UP

    • jobister profile image


      8 years ago from Anaheim, California

      Adam is nuts, I am surprised they have not taped an episode of him being carted off or air lifted only to find an ulcer was found in his stomach or worse a heart attack!

    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      We have not seen this on the travel channel but this sounds similar to some of the things seen on the food channel which we love watching. Always fun to see new and different places. Thanks!


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