Friday, July 6, 2012

New Eps, July 4th, Final VO, Hitting The Road

Things continue to be insanely busy on the Fast Food Mania front.


New episodes of Fast Food Mania return this Wednesday, July 11 at 10 & 1030pm on Destination America.  Every week, we will be showing two brand new episodes back to back for a full hour of fast food bliss. This week's 10pm episode is "Originals", where we hit the original locations of Nathan's, A&W, and Dunkin' Donuts. It's one of my favorite eps of the series.

We follow up at 1030 with Extreme Menu Items featuring KFC's Double Down, Hardee's Monster Thickburger, and Elevation Burger's Vertigo Burger. 

Come hungry!


On July 4, I brought my oldest daughter Rachel to Coney Island and hosted the Great Apple Pie Dive for Destination America. This event was the appetizer to the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest (no, I didn't participate), and it was a lot of fun being there.

I got to hang out with all the contestants, including our eventually winner Brandi Ritter, Coney Island Polar Bear Club swimmer Julia Gloubach, Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis, Miss New York Mallory Hagan, and New York Mets legend Mookie Wilson.  Talking baseball one on one with Mookie was a highlight for me.

The apple pie was 15 feet wide and topped off with whipped cream, nuts, caramel, and of course, vanilla ice cream. All the contestants dove in with everything they had, and it was a fun competition that came down to the very end.

After we finished up, I got to watch the female and male Hot Dog Eating Contest firsthand. Those folks aren't eating...they're devouring. Of course I had my two hot dogs and fries to capture the spirit of the day.

I spent the rest of the day out on the boardwalk interviewing people for Destination America talking about what makes this country great. A day like this July 4th ended up being a perfect example.


Yesterday, I recorded the voiceovers for the final two episodes of season one of Fast Food Mania. It was a bittersweet day as I'm thrilled with how the series has turned out, but saddened by the fact that the work has come to an end.

I had such a great time making this show, and I'm glad that people are enjoying it. Hopefully enough of you will tune in live Wednesdays at 10pm Eastern to get us a second season. There are plenty more fast food places to explore!


I've been traveling a lot lately putting together a different series I'm hosting for another network. Can't talk about it yet, but I think you'll like what you see and hear.

Thanks, as always, for your support. Please tune in to Destination America live on Wednesday nights at 10 so I can get back on the road in search of fine Fast Food.


  1. Jon, I'm loving the show and look forward to the new episodes.

  2. We watch the Nathan's hot dog eating contest every year. And every year it makes me queasy. How did your daughter feel about it? Pretty disgusting to watch!