Month: October 2013

The Terry Tucker: inside London’s triple cheeseburger challenge

Photo courtesy of The Pride of Paddington

Photo courtesy of The Pride of Paddington

Location: The Pride of Paddington

The challenge: The Terry Tucker

Price: Free if you finish within 20 minutes. Otherwise, it’s £20.

The details: It’s a cheeseburger on top of a cheeseburger on top of a cheeseburger, for a total of 30 ounces of beef. Add six slices of bacon, three oversized onion rings, and a bucket of chips. After you finish the challenge, your photo is posted above the bar, in either the “winner” or “loser” categories. The pub also hosts two additional Terry Tucker challenges: a Shepherd’s pie and a lasagna. (more…)


Eating yourself to death?

Storify by Katherine Landergan

Several competitive eating participants have died from choking and heart attacks. Here is a compilation of a few deaths that gained widespread media attention.

A man choked to death at a sausage-eating competition in Romania earlier this month. The incident was filmed and uploaded to YouTube.

The 60-year-old man was participating in an eating challenge at a sausage festival on 5 October, according to The Huffington Post. (Warning: the footage attached to The Huffington Post story is disturbing.)

The Huffington Post linked to a 13:29 minute video, which shows the man choking and falling to the ground. Several people try to save him, but no one successfully completes the Heimlich Maneuver.

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Extreme hEats – heat challenge 101

For every food challenge designed to overload a challenger’s stomach, there is another, more insidious variety. The heat challenge is not just about consuming food, but about developing and maintaining a high pain threshold to cope with extreme heat. Read on for examples of heat-related challenges, advice and disasters:


Battle of the Bones – StickyWings Buffalo Wing Eating Challenge

One of the first challenges Extreme Eats covered was the Frank’s Hot Sauce: Battle of the Bones at Brick Lane Chicken Wing House Sticky Wing on . Competitors from across England had 5 minutes to eat as many spicy buffalo wings as possible.  Despite fierce competition, plucky Londoner Shareen “Juno” Carter won, winning £1500. Heartwarmingly, she elected to donate it to the Tsunami relief fund in the Philippines, where her fiance lives. What follows is a photo gallery covering the event.