Man v Food is back… with new host Casey Webb: “I’m having a blast!”

Man v Food has been off the air for five years, but now the competitive eating series is back – and a new challenger has stepped up to the plate.

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Casey Webb – actor, food lover and a veteran of the restaurant biz – is replacing original host Adam Richman, taking us on new mouth-watering journeys and tackling different food challenges.

“I’m like a new form of gladiator,” Webb tells Digital Spy. “There’s an arena, people cheering you on, it’s win / lose… and it’s you against the food!”

Webb has already shot two seasons of the new Man v Food, with the first of his new episodes airing in the UK this weekend on Food Network.

“The show was on for four seasons with Adam Richman and then it was off the air for five years,” he explained, acknowledging that re-runs of the old episodes make it feel as though the show never went away.

“It’s as if there’s a new host all of a sudden, but actually the show’s been off the air for a long time. For me, Adam and I are just two different people [though] we both have a lot of experience in the restaurant business.

“I’ve spent my life working in restaurants, and I’ve always had a lot of fun doing that, so there’s a great deal of joy that I feel while I’m doing the show, and I really hope that comes across. I’m having a blast and I hope it shows. That’s really what I feel like I’m bringing to the table, so to speak!”

Read more at Digital Spy: http://www.digitalspy.com/tv/ustv/news/a848462/man-v-food-casey-webb-season-5/

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