Think of Adam Richman and Man Versus Food most likely comes to mind, with images of the show's host tucking into three-foot burritos and some of the world’s spiciest tuna. Now, the TV personality – whose new shows Man Finds Food and Food Fighters are currently on the small screen in the UK – talks to HELLO! Online about his new relationship with food, being the latest to join celebrities like Beyoncé Knowles and Jennifer Lopez in going vegan, as well as his best eats in New York that we simply must try when in the Big Apple…
Man Versus Food presenter Adam Richman speaks to HELLO! Online about his new lifestyle
With the help of his nutritionist and doctor, Adam has lost more than four stone. We ask about his new healthy lifestyle that has him looking and feeling great.
"I'm actually 100% vegan right now," he says. "I've been vegan for the past three months, I do that periodically," he adds, explaining that he is currently "trying to get my speed up" for Soccer Aid 2016, a UNICEF celebrity event which has raised upwards of £15million for the children's charity.
As part of his daily routine, the TV presenter makes sure he walks 10,000 steps a day or three twenty-minute walks or runs
"Maintaining the weight loss is the real kicker of it," says the 40-year-old. But he makes it clear that his new attitude to food doesn't mean cutting out the dishes he loves. Instead, he is: "more calorie-focussed, more aware. If I'm going to have a hot dog at a game, I just make sure I get in 10,000 steps a day or three twenty-minute walks or runs."
His advice to others wanting to shed some pounds, put simply? "Keep your calories low, eat good meals and be active."
Adam periodically goes vegan as part of his new healthy lifestyle
There are few more passionate and more savvy about great good and restaurants Stateside, so we ask Brooklyn-born Adam – who's worked as everything from a dish washer, bus boy, waiter and chef before coming the presenter of a series of hugely popular foodie shows – for his top eats in the Big Apple. Here's where he sends us…
For a New York deli experience: Katz's Delicatessen, 205 E Houston Street
Where a scene from When Harry Met Sally was famously filmed. "It's quintessential New York, right where East Village meets Soho. The pastrami is one of the best foods on planet earth. It's pricey for a sandwich and French fry place, but the whole experience makes every penny worth it. Get a big order of fries and combo of corned beef and pastrami, slaw, cream soda – and that's New York." Some insider advice: "You get a ticket when you walk in, don't lose your ticket, you'll need it to exit."
For Chinese dumplings: Prosperity Dumpling, 46 Eldridge Street, New York
"In Manhattan, push the boundaries and leave central Times Square. Go downtown to China Town to a place called Prosperity Dumpling and try the sesame pancakes or the dumplings."
A scene from When Harry Met Sally was filmed in Katz's Deli
For authentic Puerto Rican food: La Fonda Boricua, 169 E 106th Street, New York
"Uptown, head to a place called La Fonda Boricua in Spanish Harlem for authentic Puerto Rican food. Make sure you go where the locals go and don’t be put off by the neighbourhood," warns Adam, adding that the area "El Barrio is a beautiful cultural neighbourhood".
For something sweet: Doughnut Plant, 379 Grand Street
"For dessert, go to Doughnut Plant on Grant Street, they're remarkable."
About his new shows, Andy tells us: "Food Fighters is about real home cooks and unsung heroes of the kitchen, while Man Finds Food is an exploration of hidden gems across America." Food Fighters is on at 8pm and Man Finds Food is on at 10pm, weeknights on Food Network – Freeview 41, freesat 149, Sky 248, Virgin 287.