Randy Santel

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.

(more…)

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.

(more…)

Podcast: American completes 27 food challenges during a 44-day European tour

Randy Santel at The Red Lion in Hope as he attacks the Monster Burger challenge, credit: Randy Santel

Randy Santel at The Red Lion in Hope as he attacks the Monster Burger challenge, credit: Randy Santel

American eating champion Randy Santel successfully completed 27 food challenges across eight European countries in only 44 days. He made stops in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and gained nearly 35 pounds, or 2.5 stone. We chatted about the new treats he tried (haggis, black pudding) and how food challenges in the UK compare to those in the States.