Adam Richman quite possibly has the coolest job ever — exploring this great big planet one bite at a time. Known for food-focused shows like “Man v. Food,” Richman has a new series premiering on the Travel Channel tonight — “Secret Eats with Adam Richman,” where he searches for underground culinary gems from Rome to Bangkok to Mexico City. Richman tells us what it's like to eat ant larvae and why he wants to grab dinner with “Hamilton” creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda.
I read that you got your start in acting. What led to your passion for food?
I have been working in the food industry since I was about 13 years old so it was always there. I got my graduate degree from Yale in acting. My undergrad was pretty different, as well. I had an international studies and French background so I always kept pretty varied interests. I had found out about the opportunity for “Man v. Food” through the agents I signed on with out of Yale. I wouldn’t have found out about the opportunity if it wasn’t for them.
I also read you are a trained sushi chef.
My dad and I were going to get certification together, but my dad unfortunately passed away before we got to. So as a gift for getting into Yale my step-mom paid for me to get my training.
Well I’m sure he’d be proud with everything you’ve accomplished. With the new show, what’s the craziest thing you ate?
Oh my gosh. I don’t want to give too much away, but one thing I definitely mentioned on Instagram was escamoles which is ant larvae. [I had it] just outside Mexico City and people love them and go crazy for them, but it didn’t sit so well.