Chal­lenge ac­cepted

Pop­u­lar culi­nary series ‘Man v. Food’ re­turns to Travel Chan­nel

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - TASTE TV COOKING THIS WEEK -

By An­drew War­ren

Aculi­nary fa­vorite has re­turned. Af­ter five years with­out new episodes, one of Travel Chan­nel’s most loved series is back with new lo­ca­tions, new foods and a new host.

“Man v. Food” pre­miered in 2008 and be­came an in­stant hit, last­ing four sea­sons (with the last one chang­ing both its for­mat slightly, and its name to “Man v. Food Na­tion”), and re­mains pop­u­lar to this day in re­runs.

For the new sea­son, “Man v. Food” is re­turn­ing to its roots, al­beit with a new face on screen. Former host Adam Rich­man (“Food Fight­ers”) has not re­turned, but ac­tor, food lover and restau­rant in­dus­try veteran Casey Webb (“Part Timers”) is only too ea­ger to take over in the Mon­day, Aug. 7, pre­miere.

For the re­vived series’s first episode, Webb checks out some of the big­gest and most out­ra­geous foods that the Big Ap­ple has to of­fer. First, he pays a visit to Man­hat­tan, where he tracks down a burger that’s stuffed with French fries and fon­due. Then, he heads to Brook­lyn for a taste of what might be the city’s most in­no­va­tive eat: a pizza on a pizza, served in a box made out of (you guessed it) pizza.

Each episode of “Man v. Food” starts out like this: with the host pay­ing a city a visit and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing some of its most out­ra­geous foods. The real fun, though, comes in the sec­ond half of the episode when Webb takes on one of the host city’s food chal­lenges.

For his New York visit, that chal­lenge is at a lit­tle place on Staten Is­land called the Lunch­box. Here, he finds not just one but three ex­treme culi­nary tests: an eight­pound sloppy joe, a 151-ounce milk­shake and a half-dozen wings doused with ha­banero ghost chili sauce that packs a mil­lion Scov­ille heat units (that’s a lot). Un­able to choose which chal­lenge to take on, he leaves it up to chance be­fore div­ing right in.

And that’s where the show re­ally lives up to its name. It’s Casey Webb v. Food in “Man v. Food,” with a whole new sea­son of the fan fa­vorite pre­mier­ing Mon­day, Aug. 7, on Travel Chan­nel.

Casey Webb hosts “Man v. Food”

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