Food challenge

Interview: What it’s like being on the other side of the table?

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.



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

Fridge: from, Christina Hendricks's page ( Reddit symbol: RationalWiki

Fridge: from, Christina Hendricks’s page (
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.


Boy vs Food: Time Out’s Editor-At-Large to eat 26,000 calories worth of food challenges in ten weeks

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 Challengea spicy, 3,420-calorie meal – within ten minutes; and a two-kilo calzone in 28 minutes.

Follow him on Twitter @Alexiduggins; he will be tweeting about his challenges with the hashtag #BoyvsFood.

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


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.


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.


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: