Daymon “Daym” Patterson loves to eat, doesn’t cook and would live off takeout if his wife didn’t prepare meals at home.
He’s developed a loyal YouTube audience by talking about fast food.
Capitalizing on that following, the Travel Channel launched “Best Daym Takeout.” The Wednesday series has Patterson ordering takeout (not fast food) from restaurants around the country, then eating the food in a car.
Patterson samples local specialties such as deep-dish pizza in Chicago and po’boys in New Orleans. In the six episodes, he also visits Atlanta, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Portland, Ore. He does not care about ambience, waiters’ response time or if he can replicate a dish.
Nutritionists might roll their eyes, but Patterson knows what people eat and whom they relate to.
“I wasn’t going to leave YouTube for anything,” he tells Zap2it. “I wanted to keep it close to what people know.”
He visits three restaurants in each episode, and one is named “Best Daym Takeout.”
Patterson, a massive man, likes big portions and familiar food, though in the show he does try new dishes such as crawfish.
Commenting on whatever he was eating began as a lark and with no place more exotic than Burger King. A big-box store employee, he was on a break and needed to stay close to the store, so he went to a Burger King, ordered the French toast and recorded his reaction.
The next week he uploaded his review of a Dunkin’ Donuts sandwich.
“It was all just because of the ease and accessibility,” he says. “Fast food was right there. If I didn’t like it, you knew from my facial expressions. Verbally I would say, ‘Don’t waste your money.’ Dunkin’ Donuts had those nasty, rubbery eggs.”
While so many actors strive to represent the everyday man, Patterson simply is. For years he worked the third shift, supervising the restocking of shelves. His meal break was often limited to 30 minutes, so he needed someplace nearby. Once he switched jobs and had an hour, he was able to venture a little farther afield but kept his routine of ordering takeout, eating in his car and chronicling his reaction.
“Hopefully I can pull another season off of this and still bring that fun to the world,” he says. “I would like to continue with TV. We have enough negativity in the world.”
What are you currently reading?
“Nothing really, no particular books that I love. I never sat and read a book.”
What did you have for dinner last night?
“When we touched ground, we went to my grandmother-in-law and had baked chicken and rolls.”
What is your next project?
“I am working on Team Daym (two friends, one receiving junk food and one health food).”
When was the last vacation you took – where and why?
“I am now in Puerto Rico, on a family vacation.”