‘Man v. Food’ host talks culinary history in Iowa City

Culinary rock star Adam Richman made a grand entrance into the Englert Theatre last night by dancing through the crowd and giving fist bumps and high-fives to his fans.
 

Known for his eating challenges on the Travel Channel’s top-rated show, “Man v. Food,” Richman showed his serious, intellectual side.
 

“Tonight is not about ‘Man v. Food’, it’s about you and me and our culinary history,” he said. “The language of food is what we all speak. This is what binds us.”

With a backdrop of pictures behind him, he spoke passionately about the history of food.

After the crowd jeered when a picture popped up of Richman wearing an Ohio State football uniform, he quipped, “I burned my Sports Illustrated too,” referring to the Iowa Hawkeyes’ loss to the Buckeyes last weekend.

The Brooklyn native gave a detailed history of meatloaf and bagels and explained how everybody has their own take of these basic foods.
 

“Every nationality has a version of meatloaf,” he said.
 

He urged the crowd to talk to their relatives and people from their region to find out about more of their culinary history.

“Go out and find what’s local,” he said. “Iowa is the breadbox and pantry of the nation.”

After the history lesson, he led another dance break, mingling with the crowd, before giving a cooking demonstration on stage.

The demonstration included basic appliances like a microwave, cooking pot and George Foreman grill.

He invited a man from the audience to cook with him so he could impress his girlfriend who was seated at a table on stage.

Richman engaged the crowd by asking them to shout out answers to questions and sitting on the edge of the stage during a question-and-answer session.
 

“It was really entertaining,” said Robert Mlejnek, 19, of Coralville, after the show. “He’s much more down to earth than other guys I watch.”

Last blog posts

Apr 14, 2015
Mar 23, 2015
Mar 09, 2015
RPM
Jan 10, 2013
Oct 17, 2012

Food Fighters

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?

 

Also order Straight up Tasty from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Indiebound.