Man v. Food’s Adam Richman Eats His Feelings

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Adam Richman: Ravenous Romeo Photo: Getty Images

Ever wondered how to land a plum gig inhaling artery-hardening goodies for sport and money? For Man v. Food human trash compactor Adam Richman, the answer was heartbreak. And poetry!

Adam Richman: Ravenous Romeo Photo: Getty Images

He’s currently dealing with rumors of ill health induced by his gluttonous diet; Man v. Food’s format will shift to Man v. Food Nation, offering audience members the chance to compete in the ulcer-inducing eat-offs once reserved for Richman alone.

But it seems the real pain came for Richman long before he embarked on a TV career. Emory magazine tracks the alum’s ascendance in their current issue and discovers that he actually began frequenting restaurants as a form of romantic catharsis:

Richman went through a couple of shattering break-ups as a student, and one of the things he did in response was buy a fancy leather-bound Moleskine notebook in which to write, he says, ‘angst-ridden, black-turtleneck, clove-cigarette-smoking college poetry.’ Instead, he wandered into Virginia’s, a cozy restaurant tucked away on a residential street in the Virginia Highland neighborhood (gone now, sadly), and started writing about it.

He’s currently dealing with rumors of ill health induced by his gluttonous diet; Man v. Food’s format will shift to Man v. Food Nation, offering audience members the chance to compete in the ulcer-inducing eat-offs once reserved for Richman alone.

But it seems the real pain came for Richman long before he embarked on a TV career. Emory magazine tracks the alum’s ascendance in their current issue and discovers that he actually began frequenting restaurants as a form of romantic catharsis: