Adam Richman Presents Newly Relaunched ‘Modern Marvels’ on History Channel

“I can say ‘The Food That Built America’ is about legend,” Richman said in an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “‘Modern Marvels’ is about legacy.”

Rebooting “Modern Marvels,” for him, is like a baseball fan playing with the New York Yankees: “Can I sign this contract twice?”

While Richman comes off as a diet expert, he said he’s not Alton Brown. He’s more of a foodie, easily apparent as he’s, for example, sampling mint chocolate chip ice cream at a Turkey Hill ice cream factory with unmitigated glee.

“I am the audience,” he said. “I am a cipher for you.”

The first three episodes tackle three gourmet subjects: cookies, cheese and ice cream. All were shot under COVID-19 conditions, so Richman and his subjects wear masks. In the episode that debuted last Sunday, Richman visits an Entenmann chocolate cookie factory in Horsham, Pennsylvania, and is pleasantly surprised that the cookies use much of the same ingredients home bakers would use in their kitchens. . It’s just done on a grand scale.

Richman was able to enjoy the smell of freshly baked cookies and even taste a hot one right away. Quality control employees took 10 pieces of cookie dough at a time and weighed them to make sure they were all the same weight. Richman grabbed 10 himself, mash the dough together, weighed them, then happily tossed the ball of dough into the tub like a jump on a basketball court.

He loved that “Modern Marvels” offered airtime and respect to loyal blue-collar workers, many of whom have worked in those factories for decades and take deep pride in what they do, whether it’s creating a bag of chips or premium ricotta cheese.

The show is sprinkled with a potpourri of facts. The Cookies episode features information about Girl Scout cookies and fortune cookies, including a factory that still folds cookies by hand. “I love learning interesting knowledge about nickel,” he said.

And he felt strangely comforted by what he saw inside the factories.

“Food production facilities are the best places on earth right now,” Richman said. “The people involved had even higher standards of cleanliness than me.”

He also enjoyed visiting factories that date back decades, including the oldest known confectionery that opened in the 1860s and used kettles that have been around for over a century. And he even spent time learning how military ready meals (MREs) are created and was impressed with their flavor – even the tube meals created for fighter pilots.

“I brought home two tubes of truffle macaroni and cheese and three sleeves of fries,” he said.

Richman also worked a drive-thru line at a White Castle and learned to appreciate how hard that job is.

“Nothing replaces the value of humans putting in an honest day’s work,” he said. “It’s the most Herculean feat to deliver a hot, delicious meal to someone in that amount of time.”


WHERE TO LOOK

“The food that built America”, 9 p.m. Sunday, History

“Modern Wonders”, 10 p.m. on Sundays, History