Author: samuelhorti

Freelance writer

Best YouTube Channels: Competitive Eaters and Amateur Food Freaks

Source: Flickr.com - Gage Skidmore

Source: Flickr.com – Gage Skidmore

Food is all over YouTube, but recently it has been hard to sift through the rubbish. For every incredible clip of a pro demolishing a fifty ounce burger in a heartbeat, there’s five of teenagers with too much time on their hands trying to eat a spoonful of cinnamon (seriously, don’t try it).

ExtremeEats is on hand to sort through the internet waste bins for the delicious burger accidentally thrown away by the drunk stumbling back from a party. Engorge yourself.

Here’s 8 of the best YouTube channels around.

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London’s Biggest Burgers: Mapping out the towers of terror

Foggy London town boasts some of the biggest burgers around. Here’s a map of some of the most stomach-churning bun-fillers in the capital. If you fancy taking any of them on, you crazy person, then links to all the challenges can be found below the map.

London burger map

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Live Eats: Timeout’s Alexi Duggins attempts the Terry Tucker Shepherd’s Pie challenge

TimeOut’s Alexi Duggins is a little bit mental. Over ten challenges in as many weeks, he’s eating 26,000 calories worth of food challenge for #boyvsfood. That’s our kind of marathon. With four challenges complete, Extreme Eats went along to see how Alexi fared against the Pride of Paddington‘s Terry Tucker Shepherd’s Pie challenge.

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Reddit’s refrigerator: the website’s strangest food challenge

Fridge: from flickr.com, Christina Hendricks's page (https://www.flickr.com/people/clhendricksbc/) Reddit symbol: RationalWiki

Fridge: from flickr.com, Christina Hendricks’s page (https://www.flickr.com/people/clhendricksbc/)
Reddit symbol: RationalWiki

There is a lot of good culinary information on reddit. Looking for sandwich ideas? /r/eat sandwiches has you covered. Need a gluten free diet? /r/gluten free knows its wheat from its chafff. Just bought a slow cooker and looking for tasty ingredients to fill it with? Look no further than /r/slowcooking.

And then there’s some more… bizarre material. Bored with a fridge full of food and a strange desire to go up against the internet in a Russian Roulette style eat off? User /u/smileh has just the ticket: The Refridgerator Challenge.

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Google Trends: Healthy eating OUT, extreme eating IN (sort of)

unhealthy

Source: Wikimedia

Healthy eating has had its day – at least that’s what Google searches tell us. As the worldwide Google Trend graphs below show, people are giving up celery and lettuce for stomach-stretching food challenges. Huzzah! Good riddance to broccoli, we never liked you anyway.

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Interview: Elk Bar’s general manager on their explosive wing challenge (video)

holy f+ck wings

We interview Gavin Sheridan-Smith, the general manager at the Elk Bar, Fulham, on the bar’s notorious Man vs Food Hot Wing Challenge.

The challenge: 30 Wings cooked in “The Rib Man’s Holy Fuck Sauce” (Naga chilli based), Fries, Slaw & Blue Cheese Dip.

Click on the video for answers to the questions, and watch the full interview at the bottom of this post.

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Business Spotlight: Brook Green Hotel’s Monster Burger Challenge

Location: Brook Green Hotel

The Challenge: The Monster Burger Challenge

Price: £21.50

The details:Three 8oz burgers in a Viennoise bun with cheddar, brie and blue cheese, plus a bucket of fries, a pot of coleslaw and a pot of deep fried gherkins. Finish everything in under 15 minutes to get the burger free, finishing in under 30 minutes gets you a free pint.

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