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Adam Rich, American Actor ( October 12, 1968 - )

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A good spicy challenge strikes a balance between flavour and fear.~Adam Richman


Fear Good Challenge

I've long struggled with my body image and have worked hard to achieve a healthy weight.~Adam Richman


Long Body Healthy

If you're a guy who's always been the fun-to-be-around teddy bear, then all of a sudden people are viewing you as sexy, it's nice. It's great not having to be the plucky best friend or the comic relief anymore - I love that.~Adam Richman


Love Best Best Friend

There is no right way to go on an edible journey. You can never tell what is going to be great, so you have to try everything. If you become doctrinaire about sticking to lowbrow foods or epicurean delights, your just being an extremist, and it won't do you any good.~Adam Richman


Journey Good Great

I like being the people's champion when it comes to dining.~Adam Richman


People Champion Like

There's no way that I could have known about a 72-oz. steak challenge in Amarillo unless thousands upon thousands of locals and travellers alike had attempted it. I guess if 'Man V Food' is me paying homage to these legends, then I suppose 'Man V Food Nation' is the legacy.~Adam Richman


Food Challenge Legacy

Now you can get artisanal everything - pickles, coffees, house-cured meats, mustard. The pendulum has swung back to this kind of food, and it gives me the greatest hope for the future, especially because we're living in a time with issues like polluted Gulf Coast seafood and food labeled organic that may not really be organic.~Adam Richman


Time Future Hope

I remember my late father, who was the biggest football fan I have ever known, used to stress when I was younger that, win or lose, you always have to compete with honor.~Adam Richman


Father Stress Football

The first Mardi Gras I went to, I stayed at the Tulane AE Pi house on Broadway. Slept on a pool table one night, slept under it the next.~Adam Richman


Night Pool Broadway

In a day and age when there are so many culinary competitions - ranging from contests of taste to those of technique - The World Food Championships will be the ultimate food competition.~Adam Richman


Food Age Day

I knew what I was getting into: 72-ounce steaks, shakes by the quart, atomic wings. When I landed 'Man v. Food' in 2008, I accepted the fact that my weight would fluctuate. But instead of stressing about the scale, I made my long-term health a primary concern.~Adam Richman


Food Health Man

I went in for a checkup, and when my doctor had me stand on the scale, even he was surprised. Seeing that number (which I'll take to the grave) was a turning point. I knew I needed to make a change. I cut out white flour and starches and worked with my doctor and a nutritionist to develop a plan.~Adam Richman


Change Doctor Plan

I realized that I didn't need nearly as many calories as I'd grown accustomed to. I ate 100 to 200 calories every two hours or so, consumed healthy proteins (yogurt, lean meat, turkey jerky), and drank a gallon of water a day. And as my weight dropped, my energy soared.~Adam Richman


Day Water Energy

To combat the monotony of gym workouts, I started playing soccer. I looked at workouts as training sessions. My soccer training includes squats, pushups, resistance-band work, and sprints. Ninety minutes of running became part of my love of the game rather than a chore.~Adam Richman


Love Work Training

To go from hating the way I looked to being a 'Cosmo' centerfold is a profound honor.~Adam Richman


Honor Go Way

I was logging 15-hour days, sampling food every minute. I had access to these amazing dishes, and it was easy to lose sight of how quickly the bites added up.~Adam Richman


Food Amazing Easy

'Man v. Food' was the biggest career-defining opportunity. I went from anonymity to someone of note with access to amazing eateries.~Adam Richman


Food Opportunity Man

I always hated watching cooking shows where the chef would use ingredients that I couldn't get my hands on, cooking implements that I couldn't afford, recipes that I could never have access to.~Adam Richman


Cooking Chef Hands

Back in the day, I used to watch 'The Cajun Chef' with Justin Wilson. His mixing would go one way, and his stomach would go the other.~Adam Richman


Day Chef Go

Super polished signage is not always a good sign. I'm always looking for places that you have to know about to find. Also, just food-wise, if I'm eating ethnic cuisine - I hate that phrase, but still - If I'm eating Mexican food, I'm looking to see that there are Mexicans in the restaurant. They know if the food is being made right.~Adam Richman


Food Good Hate

Natto, Japanese ferment bean paste, will never cross my lips again. Spam Musubi, on the other hand, is something I love. I used to have a roommate of Vietnamese descent, and he would eat it all the time. It looked gross, but I finally had it - wrapped in seaweed and rice - it was terrific.~Adam Richman


Love Time Lips

If you do a quantity challenge, the problem you'd face would be a starchy challenge. If it has a lot of potatoes, a lot of bread or fried elements, that's difficult. With heat challenges, challenges that use the whole pepper are much, much easier than ones that use pepper extract. That's concentrated, and also devoid of flavour. It's just heat.~Adam Richman


Challenge Challenges You

These $40 burgers with foie gras and truffles and all of that flies in the face of one of the most proletarian foods around. It's overpriced, overdone and just not worth it.~Adam Richman


Face Worth Most

I love that you can pick up your phone at a hotel and have something to eat in your bed. I love home, but there are amenities at a hotel that you simply don't have at home.~Adam Richman


Love Home You

In L.A., I love the L'Ermitage in Beverly Hills. Also, the Beverly Wilshire, where they make great huevos rancheros. I also love Shutters on the Beach, where I walk around everywhere in a bathrobe.~Adam Richman


Love Beach Great

The Travel Channel had success with their 'Food Paradise' series, '10 Best Places to Pig Out' and those types of specials, so they knew there was a market for comfort food and wanted to develop a show around it.~Adam Richman


Success Travel Best

That was our first major tour and we got a chance to play in front of like 5000 people every day so it was like a Rock and Roll boot camp for us really, we learned a lot and made a lot of good friends.~Adam Rich


Good Day Friends

Actually, we got signed in November of 2000 with Dreamworks which is the most amazing label. We have friends on other labels and though we are not selling millions of records, yet, they treat us with tons of respect and give us some very good guidance.~Adam Rich


Respect Good Friends

You have to make sure that your assets and your back is protected before you make any big decisions.~Adam Rich


Decisions You Back

You don't want the biggest record deal as far as money goes, you just want to make sure that the people at the label really support your band and the music and stuff.~Adam Rich


Music Money Support

Being on Ozzfest has been a great way for us to break out and show metal fans that we have a heavy side.~Adam Rich


Great Way Fans

We knew that we wanted to play heavy music but I hadn't gotten into melody and things like that.~Adam Rich


Music Play Like

I really didn't think about song writing.~Adam Rich


Writing Song Think

Being a new band, I just can't think of a better way to get your name out to all of the Hard-Rock crowd than playing with twenty of the biggest Hard-Rock bands in the world.~Adam Rich


World Name Better

It is, we wanted to make a record that reflected our love of Hard-Rock music and it is sort of Metal though we don't really describe ourselves as Metal.~Adam Rich


Love Music Metal

Lyrically we tried to just not be the same as a lot of the other crap that is out there right now.~Adam Rich


Same Now Right

I wanted to write some lyrics that had some meaning to them, lyrics that were meaningful to me and hopefully people can take something from that.~Adam Rich


People Meaningful Me

Whether you like another band's music or not you never know who is going to take you out on tour or who you are going to be friends with and that is just something that is important to us.~Adam Rich


Music Friends Important

Musicians don't respect a lot of the stuff that is on TRL and a lot of musicians think that stuff on the radio is not good musically so when musicians say that they like us it obviously feels good.~Adam Rich


Respect Good Musicians

Everything is completely democratic in this band so far and that is the way that we would like to keep it.~Adam Rich


Everything Band Way

I think that every band tries to mature their sound through their existence, you know?~Adam Rich


You Think Existence

As far as I can see there are no problems with people in our band as far as the relationships go anyway.~Adam Rich


People Problems Go

A lot of big labels will just sign bands like a write off.~Adam Rich


Big Will Like

So you have to just be really careful and make sure that when a deal comes along, that it's like the right deal for you... not necessarily the most money, because you have to pay the record label that back in like record sales and stuff.~Adam Rich


Money You Sales

Well, our songwriting process is pretty collective.~Adam Rich


Process Collective Pretty

We really try to make sure that the band writes the songs, not just one person.~Adam Rich


Try Band Person

Hopefully people can look at our band and see that we're a heavy rock band. We're definitely not a metal band, but we're a band that focuses on meaningful lyrics and melody.~Adam Rich


People Meaningful Look