Christian Verdon; City Lawyer by day, big eater by night, agreed to undertake a triple threat challenge – the Meateasy Triple Chilli challenge at MeatLiquor. What follows is a live blog of his attempt. And yes, it’s as grizzly as it looks.
After weeks of work, my map of UK food challenges has finally launched! I hope you find it helpful; I believe it is the most comprehensive and up-to-date database of UK food contests. Here are some highlights:
Alexi Duggins, Editor-At Large of Time Out, destroys Octoberfest Pub’s Double Knuckle Challenge
On 1 May, we will be joining Time Out’s Editor-At-Large who is scarfing down ten London food challenges in the next ten weeks. Alexi Duggins is calling it his “food marathon,” because instead of running 26 miles, he will be gorging on 26,000 calories.
Duggins may look skinny, but he’s a beast. He has demolished a two-foot-long sausage roll at the County Arms in three minutes and one second (that’s five seconds off the record!); the Meat Liquor Triple Chilli Challenge – a spicy, 3,420-calorie meal – within ten minutes; and a two-kilo calzone in 28 minutes.
Here’s a roundup of April eating competitions in the UK, courtesy of the EatFeats. The competitive eating database lists the following contests for this month. Know of any others? Tweet us @ExtremeEatsUK
- The Duke of Cumberland in Somerset is hosting a sausage eating contest at 6 pm on 4 April. The challenge: you have ten minutes to eat as many sausages as you can.
- Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club will hold a hot dog eating competition as part of its Coney Island Party and Freakshow on 12 April: ’50s R&B, a fairground, freakshow acts, and a five minute hot dog eating contest. What more could you want?
- The Clarendon in Warwickshire has a chilli ice cream sundae eating contest on 19 April. Sounds a bit yuck to us, but see if you can stomach it!
- Blackpool is hosting a chilli eating contest as part of its “Chilli Fiesta 2014” on 26 April. As the event poster says, “No chilli too big! No chilli too hot enough! Don’t talk, eat!”
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…)
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.
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.