If you like food shows and you like a good competition then you've probably seen the travel channel's Man vs. Food. I've seen it several times and I have to admit I like watching it. I like seeing the small mom and pop stores receive national attention and I like to see what kind of creative challenges each of these places can come up with.
If you haven't seen the show (where have you been??) let me take a minute to explain. The shows host, Adam Richman, travels around the country looking for food challenges from small food business's. The challenges are typically ones in which you have to eat a huge amount of food in a limited amount of time. I'm sure you know what I'm talking about. You've probably seen them yourself. Maybe you've gone into a steakhouse or something and seen where contestants have eaten a huge steak in a certain amount of time and won a t-shirt and their photo on the coveted "wall of fame". Well Adam makes it his mission to seek and find these challenges and take them on. Usually "Man" wins the challenge but I have seen a few episodes where "Food" got the best of man and he just couldn't finish the challenge.
These challenges are meant to be difficult. Therefore a huge amount of food is usually prepared for the challenger to face. The food always varies depending on the type of restaurant he is visiting on that particular episode. I've seen challenges from huge pizzas to huge doughnuts, 54 oz steaks to towering hamburgers. I've been watching the show for a while so I've about seen it all. Here are some examples of what the usual challenges look like...
Would you even attempt any of those?
The reason I bring this up is because just recently (Sept. 29) Food Network host Alton Brown spoke out against Adam Richman and Man vs. Food calling it, "disgusting" and an "embarrassment". He went on to say, "That show is about gluttony, and gluttony is wrong. It's wasteful. Think about people that are starving to death and think about that show," Brown, in an interview with Zap2It, via the Huffington Post. "I think it's an embarrassment."
Richman didn't hesitate to respond. On Twitter he said, "Alton Brown: MvF is about indulgence - NOT gluttony - & has brought loads of biz to Mom-n-Pop places. You were my hero, sir. No more."
He went on to say, "My previous Tweet is not to start some foolish Twitter feud," Richman tweeted. "Merely my hurt response to insults hurled my way from the man who inspired me."
So, now that you've seen a closer look at what Man vs. Food is all about and what's being said about it, what do you think?
You decide. Is Man vs. Food just an innocent show about a man taking on food challenges? Or is Alton Brown correct in saying that it is a disgusting act of gluttony?
In your opinion, who wins the battle between Adam vs. Alton?