Sometimes it pays to know how the eating process works. For regular competitive eaters, there are a raft of complications that can occur. We talks to Dr Richard Krysztopik, a consultant surgeon working at the Royal United Hospital Bath, specialising in Bariatric treatment and “Minimally invasive (key hole) surgery, including operations for gallstones and abdominal wall hernia repair, Gastro-oesophageal surgery, such as key hole surgery for hiatus hernia repair or reflux control, achalasia and obesity surgery”. We asked him some about some of the medical and scientific factors that ought to be considered when embarking on an eating odyssey*
It’s all very well for the people doing food challenges feeling ill and doing something horrible all over the floor but it’s often the hard working staff at the restaurants that provide these challenges who help make it happen. It’s about time they got some more attention We returned to one of our favourite gastronomic haunts, Red Dog Saloon, to chat with Matthew Kearney, 32, who is one of the staff at the restaurant.
Historical accuracy completely coincidental
All still images Creative Commons / Wikimedia Commons.
It’s all very well eating an enormous monster like the Beast, but you can only get it in one place and not everyone wants to struggle through several hours of laboured eating (or the subsequent week of meat sweats) for a picture on the wall. Sometimes, you just want something that you can pick up off the shelf or sit down in comfort without having to be on blood thinners and anti-emetics whilst you eat.
We use the word “record” loosely here but the UK can boast to the acclaimed title holder of many culinary and eating records. Especially baked beans for some reason…
Below is a map of the UK showing where, who, what, how much (or little), how fast, or even how is that possible; demonstrating our abundant superiority in eating and cooking.
The sun clearly never set on the Empire…
All entry’s taken from http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/. Image source Wikimedia Commons.
Warning: There will be vomit.
Despite our “Size Spice Speed” slogan, sometimes a food challenge is about just being able to accomplish a goal. A seemingly simple, frequently disgusting, often vomit-inducing goal. And if you get exposed to the ridicule of the World Wide Web, then that’s an added bonus. Here’s Extreme Eats’ top 5 favourite alternative food challenges.
One of the sample Hot Dogs from the contest. Contestants had two minutes to eat as many of these as they could. I took considerably longer.
Not our proudest moment…
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.