Big Bites

As host of the Travel Channel’s Man v. Food (its third season begins next month), Adam Richman takes on huge gastronomic challenges, from eating a 72-ounce steak in one sitting to braving the hottest curry in the US. “I can’t dunk like LeBron, and I can’t drive like Danica, but I can eat!” he says. Here, he dishes on his most memorable food face-offs.

“The Fire in Your Hole wings at Munchies 420 Café were so unpleasant. The sauce has ghost chilies, which are 100 times hotter than jalapeños. I got two wings down [out of 10] and had to stop.”

MUNCHIES 420 CAFÉ
6639 Superior Ave, Sarasota, FL; 941-929-9893; www.munchies420cafe.com

“San Francisco Creamery’s Kitchen Sink sundae was a thing of awe and terror. It was a two-gallon sundae with eight scoops of ice cream, three bananas, hot fudge, sprinkles, nuts, cherries and whipped cream. As big as it was, it was also amazing.”

SAN FRANCISCO CREAMERY CO.
1370 Locust St; 925-926-0228; www.sanfranciscocreameryco.com

“The 2.5-pound Dagwood sandwich at the Ohio Deli & Restaurant was my favorite sandwich, not because it was delicious, which it was, but because it was my first win—and there’s nothing like the tangy zip of victory.”

OHIO DELI & RESTAURANT
3444 S High St, Columbus, OH; 614-497-0577

“My craziest challenge was The Doughman. It’s a four-person food-and-sport relay race, and you have to do things like mow through a huge sandwich and potato chips, then run two miles, down a bunch of cupcakes, then swim several laps. It’s ridiculous.”

THE DOUGHMAN
May 29; Durham, NC; www.doughman.org

“I ate 180 oysters in under 30 minutes at the Acme Oyster House and still can’t believe I did that. They were so fresh, but I haven’t been able to eat any raw oysters since that challenge.”

ACME OYSTER HOUSE
724 Iberville St, New Orleans; 504-522-5973; www.acmeoyster.com

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The table is set for the ultimate culinary clash in this one part cooking competition, one part game show. Host Adam Richman ("Man v. Food") will give homegrown amateur cooks the chance to test their skills against professional chefs. Every down-home cook has that one signature dish or secret family recipe that always gains favor with friends and family. Now, imagine going head-to-head in the kitchen against five professional chefs, who try to cook your specialty dish even better than you in the hopes of winning over a dinner party made up of the American public. With each savored victory, the cash prize gets bigger and bigger as the home cooks rise to every challenge and outcook the professional chefs. Think you've got what it takes to serve up the competition?

 

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