Thursday, October 18, 2012 , Updated 12:07 p.m., October 19, 2012
UPDATED: Man v. Food dude at State Fair on Saturday: “Yes — some of my exes do live in Texas”
He won't be filming for the show, but you could get the chance to meet him.
FAIR PARK On-television competitive eater Adam Richman, host of Man v. Food: Nation on the Travel Channel and all-around jolly guy, will travel to the State Fair of Texas in Dallas on Saturday looking for the "Tastiest Messes in Texas."
Richman will crown a Top 5 messiest foods, made from a list of foods that a team of sponsors and fair employees suggested. Those messy foods will be:
- Fried Butter & Fried Peanut Butter, Jelly, and Banana Sandwich: from concessionaire Abel Gonzales (who also created this year's Best Taste food, fried jambalaya)
- Fletcher’s Corny Dog: the fair's most famous food, made by concessionaire Skip Fletcher
- Fried Bacon Cinnamon Roll: this year's winner of Most Creative, made by Butch Benavides. We called it the best new fried food at the State Fair
- Fried Pork Wing: also a new fried food this year, made by concessionaire Isaac Rousso
- Chocolate Fruit Kabob: made by Glory Dadiotis
Richman is most stoked about the Fried Bacon Cinnamon Roll. "... The notion of combining two breakfast foods like bacon and the cinnamon roll seems pretty clever, pretty cool, and pretty tasty," said Richman.
For those hoping for close-up shots of Richman with fried stuff smeared on his face, that won't happen. Richman won't be trying all five foods, it isn't a competitive eating challenge, and it will not be filmed for the Travel Channel. His appearance is part of a tour around the country with paper towel maker Bounty to locate the country's messiest foods. It's Richman's first visit to the State Fair of Texas.
State Fair spokesperson Sue Gooding confirmed that Richman and a crew will tour the fair grounds Saturday between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., bringing all five messy foods back to the food court. Fairgoers who want to talk with Richman will be able to do so after 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 20.
The State Fair of Texas closes Sunday, October 21, though it made news on Friday when Big Tex burned down.
UPDATE: We asked Richman what he expects from the food at the State Fair. We ended up talking about his ex girlfriends:
"In terms of food at the Texas State fair, I suspect lots and lots of fried things," he said. "Maybe things that are not necessarily usually fried, or even should be fried. After all, I believe this was the state fair that spawned fried butter and fried beer. I also suspect there will be a decent amount of tacos and Mexican flavors reflecting another aspect of the state's rich heritage. And of course there will be beef, and there will be pie. Secretly, I'm just hoping I don't run into any ex girlfriends. Yes -- some of my exes do live in Texas."
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