TV Host, Writer, Producer
International studies, 1996
Brooklyn New York or an aisle seat
MFA, Acting, Yale School of Drama
Television host for the Travel Channel
I worked professionally as an actor until late 1997 in Atlanta. I was a member of the Actors Theatre of Louisville apprentice company from 1997 to 1998. I worked professionally both in Atlanta and in New York, primarily on stage. In 2000 and I attended the Yale School of Drama and received my MFA degree in 2003. I began to work professionally after graduation in regional theaters throughout the US, in New York, and in Los Angeles. During this period, I joined the three major acting unions. In 2008, I was cast in a pilot for a Travel Channel show called Man v. Food. The show went on to run for three seasons, garnering the highest ratings in the network's history, and I myself received the CableFAX award for best food host in 2009 and 2010. The show received best food show accolades in 2009. In 2011 I became executive producer and host of that show's spinoff titled Man v. Food Nation. That show had a run of 26 episodes. I also published my first book, America the Edible. I went on to produce The Carnivore Chronicles, The Traveler's Guide to Life, Amazing Eats, and the currently airing Adam Richman's Best Sandwich in America.
In addition to developing new content both here in the United States and in the United Kingdom, I am currently working on my second book, titled Quest for the Best, which will be available in 2013 from Clarkson Potter. I serve on the board of directors of the Armed Forces Foundation, a charitable organization that benefits returning and wounded veterans and their families. I sponsor the Park Slope Little League in my hometown of Brooklyn, New York, and I'm involved with a charity known as RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) – as a celebrity spokesperson – and with Autism Speaks.
Highlights at Emory
Without question, the best part of my time with theater at Emory was the chance to meet, learn from, and study with my mentor and friend Tim McDonough. He truly showed me how expressive a medium and how therapeutic a medium acting can be. He also showed me that it was equal parts anthropology and sociology as well as a performing art.
The other thing that I think I truly gleaned from working with professionals like Tim, Vinnie Murphy, Michael Evenden, Jan Akers and John Ammerman was the fact that talent alone is not the measure of an actor: professionalism and punctuality are every bit as much a part of an actor's quality as his acumen on stage. It was at Emory that I truly found my niche, realized that this was what I wanted to dedicate myself to, and really had the thought that I might want to make a career of this.