As a contestant on season four of The Next Food Network Star, Adam Gertler revealed his energetic passion for food and fun-loving sense of humor. Now, as the host of Food Network's primetime series, Will Work for Food, Adam gives Food Network viewers behind-the-scenes access to countless food jobs as he fearlessly learns how to do everything from ice sculpting and truffle foraging to competitive eating and cranberry harvesting.
Adam grew up with a supportive family who encouraged him to explore his many interests including an acting career that began in fourth grade. In 1999, he graduated from Syracuse University's College of Visual and Performing Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting. From Shakespeare to improv theater, Adam has participated in various stage work including a role where he spent 24 consecutive hours on stage. In December 2002, Adam moved to Los Angeles for two years to continue his acting career while also working as a server at Bandera Restaurant.
Whether as a short-order cook, server, caterer, or even donut filler and froster, food has undoubtedly played an important role in Adam's life. He developed a true passion for barbeque while in college and began experimenting with unique ideas and recipes while catering for friends and families. Adam soon helped bring the barbeque experience to Philadelphia as the executive chef of The Smoked Joint – a barbeque restaurant co-owned by Adam's brother, Keith – from its opening in November 2004 to its closing in July 2006. In 2008, Food Network viewers got their first glimpse of Adam on season four of The Next Food Network Star where he advanced through to the final challenge.
Adam has also channeled his love for food and acting into volunteer work, from teaching theater to grade-school children to catering for non-profit organizations like the Philadelphia Red Cross. When not cooking or performing, Adam enjoys an eclectic mix of hobbies including harmonica, karaoke and a 20-year-and-counting comic book collection.
Adam grew up in Commack, N.Y. with his mother, father and brothers. He currently resides in California.