Alan Richman (born January 25, 1944) is an American journalist and food writer. He was a food correspondent for GQ magazine, and has won 16 James Beard Foundation Awards for journalism.
Early life and education
Richman is a graduate of the General Honors Program at the University of Pennsylvania. He was a cadet in the Army ROTC, rose to the rank of captain on active duty and served two tours in the United States Army, including one in Vietnam |Vietnam]], for which he was awarded the Bronze Star. He also served in the earlier U.S. invasion and occupation of the Dominican Republic.
Richman has won 16 James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards for excellence in culinary writing, including two in 2009 for Magazine Feature Writing Without Recipes and Writing on Spirits, Wine, or Beer. He won a National Magazine Award in 1995 for three articles that appeared in GQ.
In 2004, HarperCollins published Fork It Over: The Intrepid Adventures of a Professional Eater, a collection of Richman's essays about food and dining.
In 2006, Richman caused a controversy after criticizing the cuisine of New Orleans and questioning the existence of the Creole ethnicity.
In 2009, celebrity chefs David Chang and Anthony Bourdain criticized Richman for "his insistence that celebrity chefs actually cook in their own restaurants." Bourdain's latest book, Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook, contains a chapter entitled "Alan Richman Is a Douchebag" expounding on his view of Richman. In the same chapter Bourdain also said, Alan Richman is so loathsome he lacks 'the gravitas required to be called an asshole'.