"I am a consistent YouTube viewer. I love videos of frogs sitting on a bench. I love videos of antelopes head-butting mountain bikers. I love watching fights in McDonald's at 2 in the morning," he said. "It's honest and real, and it's really happening — and someone captured it. It's just a little slice of something crazy. That's the challenge: to not alienate the people like me who love YouTube for what it is."
In the end, Goldman said, Hungry is just trying to catch up with an audience that is migrating to new media spaces.
"You can watch Hungry on a computer screen. You can watch it on your iPad. You can watch it on a phone," he said. "There are a lot more people looking at computers and iPads than are looking at television, and this is a great way to really capture those guys."
Foodies & Baltimore
"Adam Richman's Best Sandwich in America" will feature Faidley's famed crab cake at 9 p.m Wednesday on the Travel Channel. That's nice, but typical of the way foodie TV shows pigeonhole Baltimore, says celebrity baker Duff Goldman.
"It's very hard to get past Natty Boh and crabs," he said.
In talking to Richman about the show, Goldman said, "I went up to him and was like, 'Hey, Adam, you ought to come to Baltimore and check out Faidley's crab cake sandwich,' right? But I also asked him, 'Do you really want to do crab cake sandwich? Because we've got so many good sandwich places, like the Italian deli Trinacria, which is one of my favorite sandwich places in the universe.'"
But Richman was thinking Baltimore equals crabs, not Italian delis, Goldman said.
"And he was like, 'Yeah, I've got enough deli stuff. What else you got? I'm coming to Baltimore — give me crab cakes. ... I don't want to do deli in Baltimore because we're going to do deli in New York.'"
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