Thanks to shows like Man v. Food, the concept of eating against time and size has become something of the norm. No longer do we simply eat until we’re full, because that’s no fun. We love the food competitiveness, the race against the clock, and the struggle with our appetites. To get you in the foodie mood, here’s five of the best eating challenges in the world.
Oh, we recommend not to read this if you’re feeling hungry…
The KIDZ Breakfast Challenge
Let’s start the morning off right, shall we? Have the breakfast of champions at Jester’s Diner in Great Yarmouth. Don’t be fooled by the name – this breakfast mountain is definitely not suitable for kidz. The name actually comes from the sheer weight of it, because it weighs the same as a small child.
The breakfast challenge gives you a one-hour time limit to eat nine pounds (as in lbs) of bacon, sausages, mushrooms, potatoes, bread, black pudding, beans, eggs, tomatoes, and hash browns. If you manage to finish the 6,000 calorie dish, your mountain meal is free.
The Seven-Pound Italian Challenge
Take your taste buds on a tour of Italy in Niagara Falls, Canada, by visiting Mick & Angelo’s Eatery & Bar. If you like your garlic bread, then this is definitely the challenge for you. You’ve got 90 minutes to eat virtually every single dish that has ever come from Italy: spaghetti, lasagne, chicken parmesan, grilled sausage, cheese manicotti, cannelloni, garlic bread, vegetable soup, and an apple crisp. It’s your chance to stock up on those carbs and have a pasta overload.
Italians take their eating very seriously, so your one and only rule: no leaving the table. If you manage to eat your way through Italy you’ll win a free meal, a picture on the wall of fame, and a t-shirt.
The Fire in Your Hole Challenge
Time to spice things up a little and see if you can stand the heat in the kitchen. Munchies 420 Cafe in Sarasota, Florida, pits you against the hottest pepper in the world. Yes, the hottest pepper in the world. Extract from the ghost chili is used to douse the wings in nothing but spice and more spice.
If you’re a foodie daredevil and you somehow win this challenge, you will get your picture on the wall of fame. But, if you don’t, your picture will then go on the wall of shame. Prepare for a numb mouth, stinging lips, and watery eyes. Oh, word of warning: Man v Food star Adam Richman couldn’t even finish this one.
The 8th Wonder Challenge
It’s no surprise that Clinton Station Diner in New Jersey has named its challenge the eighth wonder. With a diameter of 28 inches and a height of 11.5 inches, we’re pretty sure this burger contends with the Great Pyramid of Giza.
You don’t have to tackle this monstrous task on your own, because you can pick nine other mates to help you out. You’ll have an hour to finish it, and if you do, you get a whopping $5,000 cash prize – $5,000! Not one person has ever defeated this burger! So, get yourself to New Jersey and see how you fair against this Goliath hamburger.
The Kitchen Sink Challenge
What better way to round your meal off than with an ice cream overload?
Whisk yourself off to dessert heaven at The San Francisco Creamery Co. in Walnut Creek, California, and take on the kitchen sink challenge. No, really: it is a kitchen sink challenge. Eight different scoops of ice cream, eight toppings, three bananas, whipped cream, nuts, and a cherry on top is all served to your table in an actual kitchen sink.
The good news is that you get to choose your flavours and toppings, and anyone who can make their way through this incredible ice cream sundae within an hour will receive free ice cream for a year! Oh, and do watch out for the brain freeze.
If these foodie challenges have got your taste buds going, your mouth watering, and your lips licking, take a look at a few recipes to satisfy those rumbling bellies. Why not try out a few cake challenges yourself for this Caketober? Let’s see who in the office is the next Adam Richman, shall we?