Hometown: Youngstown, Ohio
Political party: Independent
Relationship status: Married
Josh Grossman lives an adventurous life, which conforms to his fitness philosophy of “staying active.”
His idea of active might not be the same as others, however. The 30-year-old has climbed Mount Rainier, Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Whitney; has been to 48 out of the 50 states (he’s missing Kansas and Iowa); and has ventured throughout Europe, the Middle East and Central America.
“I lived off street meat in Europe,” said Grossman, who works for Meridian Hill Strategies.
He recalls working in Alaska, when he spent a week stuck in a blizzard eating ramen noodles and cake mix.
“The mosquitoes in Alaska were so bad,” he noted. “You would eat 15-20 mosquitoes at every meal, easily.”
Not only that, as part of the international group The Explorers Club, he’s eaten several exotic meals, including maggots and scorpion.
“The maggots were not good, and they got stuck in your teeth,” he said. “People who’ve had snake say it tastes like chicken — it does. … And scorpions have a weird crunch.”
He then admits a bit wistfully, “I missed out on the [meal] where they served tarantula.”
As for his go-to food, he calls himself an “inventive sandwich guy,” coming up with a new version every day.
Grossman is also modest. When someone points out that his lifestyle would make him a good contender for shows like “The Amazing Race” and “Fear Factor,” he responds: “Those people are too tough for me.”
For now, this newlywed — he got married two months ago — is happily settled in Washington.
“The dream would be to be in D.C. and be able to travel in a way that meets my explorer needs,” he said.
As for his next adventure, he and his wife are planning a belated honeymoon, most likely in Morocco and Malta.
And did we mention he’s modest?
When asked about his looks, he muses: “I don’t think I’m a natural beauty. My wife, she’s a natural beauty.”