I was there too. It was pretty hectic...everything that foodosaurus said was true. They kicked EVERYONE out. I was there a little after three with a friend. We bought food and just let it sit on our plate so they couldn't kick us out, but it got so bad that they threatened to have the fire marshall come with the police and stuff. So everyone got kicked out, or else adam wasn't going to come in. I was able to get back in line and got food again, and the owner picked my friend and me to sit down for the taping. Everyone was saying that he was going to do a challenge, but he never did. He taped in the grill area for over an hour. Then, he stopped and the camera crew came out and got a couple quick shots of people eating food. They brought out for my friend, me, and one other guy I was with a 2 foot hot dog and asked us to tear it apart and eat it for the show. I snapped a quick picture with Adam outside and then he said he was done taping for the whole season and took a cab home. I left there right after he did, which was almost 8:30 PM. I was there for over 5 hours.
Monday morning at work, I got an email from a friend saying that Adam was doing a challenge in Manchester, CT. I flipped out and did some research and he was scheduled to do the challenger pizza there with one other guy for the show. It turns out they are doing a whole CT episode which is supposedly scheduled to air December 16th. He went to Woody's in Hartford, Doogie's in Newington, and the challenge was Randy's Wooster St. Pizza in Manchester.
Randy's set it up a LOT differently than Doogie's. They didn't allow anyone to come in unless they got a ticket. My buddy called me up and got 2 tickets from his friends so I got to go there and check it out. Randy's shut the door to the public at 6:00PM Monday night and only let in ticket holders. So, there was room to walk around and it wasn't packed in...it was full, but not packed.
The Challenge he did was called "The Challenger Pizza". It's a 22" stuffed pizza- stuffed with meats, cheeses, and vegetables. It weighs 10 pounds. It's a 2-man job, and it has to be eaten within 1 hour. It's only been completed ONCE, and the guy who joined adam was some mid-20s kid who was part of the team that beat it.
I don't want to spoil anything for anyone, and according to the producers of the show, I'm not legally allowed to, so I won't.
At Doogie's, Adam did not want to talk to ANYONE. He wanted to get in, film, and get out. At Randy's Pizza, he was the most outgoing and laid back guy I have ever seen. He was really pumped up and you could tell he actually wanted to be there. I had a blast and it was so much more fun than sitting on my ass all day at Doogie's waiting for him to show up. It was also a lot of fun seeing how the show is filmed. Whenever Adam interviews someone (like when they are sitting down and eating), the producers make him do 2 or 3 takes each time! They want to make sure they get the best shot, so he asks the person the same questions 3 times in a row! I had awesome seats and got to see the challenge unfold, and the crowd was absolutely insane...I've never heard a group of people cheer that loud for anything before. Chanting Man Vs Food is a lot of fun
I know for a fact that the cameraman got a TON of shots with me and my friend, and we were both wearing our jackets at Doogie's and at Randy's. I can't wait for the editors to start looking at the film and see us at both locations...I also can't wait to see myself in HD on the Travel Channel!