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.

Steve Catchpole, general manager of the Pride of Paddingdon, said that on an average day, one person will attempt the Terry Tucker challenge. For approximately every seven losers, there will be one winner, Catchpole said.

He said the secret to winning the Terry Tucker challenge is to eat the chips and the burger at the same time. Contestants who try to eat the burger first and chips second always seem to lose.

He said: “It’s a daunting thing once you’ve eaten 30 ounces of meat and then you have to eat a bucket of chips. It’s a psychological defeat.”

The record time is 15 minutes and 10 seconds. Customers can also attempt five kilos of lasagna or Shepherd’s pie in 20 minutes. But the vast majority of Terry Tucker participants go for the cheeseburger challenge, Catchpole said.

He said the pub adopted eating challenges in 2011, as the American television show “Man v. Food” was gaining popularity in the UK.

Catchpole said: “It’s just another challenge in life. There’s nothing to be gained by winning it, except showing off a bit.”

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