Prize of Man v Food Nation appearance reneged on

It has been one year since the final new episodes (Jackson, MS and Charlotte, NC) of Man v Food: Nation debuted on April 11, 2012. In August 2011, John Lomascolo was informed that the video he submitted for a contest held on the program’s facebook page received the most votes and he would claim the prize of an appearance on an episode featuring Albany, NY area restaurants. (The eating challenge site was to have been Wagon Train BBQ in Rotterdam, NY). The program never recorded in eastern upstate New York (episode list) and the series terminated before John Lomascolo received his prize. (I have made a twitter request to see if an alternate award was given out.)

Contest runner-up Lauren Takao did get to make an appearance in an episode recorded in Hawaii.

update April 12 I have been informed that John Lomascolo received a small compensation, but a future appearance on a Travel Channel program is unknown at this time.

Comments (6)


  1. TV Guide said

    April 11, 2013 @ 6:46 pm

    Solution: An equal prize would be an appearance at Beautiful Brian’s studio.

  2. Shocking! said

    April 11, 2013 @ 8:44 pm

    If you’re doing something simply to get on TV, well….

  3. anonymous said

    April 11, 2013 @ 9:38 pm

    I think that studio has a different occupant now

  4. Randy Santel said (Registered June 2, 2010)

    April 11, 2013 @ 10:21 pm

    I love to read the stupid comments on this site by anonymous people, so I would like to add this:
    If you buy the results of that contest, I’ll throw the Golden Gate in free 😉

  5. Anonymous said

    April 11, 2013 @ 10:49 pm

    Yeh they yar stoopid .

  6. John Lomascolo said

    April 11, 2013 @ 11:02 pm

    Randy, first off, you’re a great eater, your episode on Truck Stop USA was awesome, and you’re definitely deserving of being on a show like that. But dude, I’ve seen your website, and I’ve seen the posts on this website. Do you really need to shit on the fact that I won the contest EVERY chance you get? I know you busted your ass promoting and all that and you have every right to be disappointed in not winning, but you constantly claim that you won when you have absolutely zero proof of you ACTUALLY getting more votes than I did. Show us some numbers, official statistics, something concrete that says “Here are the votes Randy got, and here are the votes everyone else got.” Until you can do that, you cannot say that you won or that the contest was rigged.

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