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UK food eating challenge venues, view on map, suggest new ones

Discussion in 'General Chat Forum' started by Stuart Wright, Jan 17, 2012.

  1. Stuart Wright

    Stuart Wright AVForums Founder Staff Member

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    Folks,
    inspired by the daft Man vs Food programme on Dave, I was wondering whether anyone knows of any UK food challenges.
    Share the challenges you know about by replying to this thread (see the bottom of this post for details on how a venue qualifies to be on the map).
    [Last updated February 5, 2013]

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    Personally I know the stupidity of cheering people on to eat food :lesson: and the 'wrong thinking' when it comes to the attitude many hold towards eating (the guy on the programme praises some meals for being 'perfect comfort food' :facepalm:).
    And when there are people starving in the world, I recognise that the outrageous gluttony which seems to live guilt-free in Americans should attract rightful objection.
    But food is relished by most people, with cookery programmes flooding our channels constantly, and I think there are worse things than having the very occasional bit of fun with a food challenge.

    To get on the map, a venue must have details of their challenge and the prize on their website. This way it's in print, it's authentic and when people turn up to take the challenge, they won't be disappointed.
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  2. Liquid101

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    I believe every town on the UK has a place offering a food challenge. I've certainly never been able to finish one.
  3. Graham27

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    A place near me in Jersey does a Challenge burger, but it's not really of Man vs Food standards. It's, ahem, 'only' 12oz of beef, with bacon and all the trimmings and a load of Curly Fries.

    I saw a skinny little surfer kid (probably about 9) polish a Challenge off in the time it took me to eat one of the regular 6oz burgers. No idea where he put it, he should have looked pregnant by the time he finished it.
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  4. Ed Selley

    Ed Selley AVF Reviewer

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    Oxford has the Godzilla burger challenge which is heat rather than dimension related and I intend to have a stab at next month.
  5. sheriffwoody

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    i bloody love Man v Food, and hope to chow down on some mental food offerings if we ever go out to America again.

    I saw the episode last night where he had to eat 5lbs worth of hot dogs, chilli and chips in 20 mins, which seems quite stingy on time - he didn't manage it.

    only 1 person has managed that challenge, and did it in just 9 minutes!!

    but as for the UK, i would love to find some places that did these kind of challenges (especially in Kent) - closest i have come was with a group of friends in an all you can eat chinese bufet, where we simply just tried to eat as much as possible, and ended up consuming over £150's worth of food between 4 of us.
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    Flaming Grill Pub Co.

    Flaming Challenge.....1 burger bun with the following:

    2 flame grilled 12oz beef burgers
    2 breaded chicken breasts
    Spicy Chilli Beef
    Melted Cheddar Cheese
    Onions
    Crispy Bacon
    Onion Rings

    Served with chips!

    £8.99 and you've 15 mins to finish!
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    Daft

    Some of the food is served is excellent, not like the crap we get over here
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    I couldn't even eat 1 in that time, I'm a slow eater :(


    There is the Curry Hell up at the Rupali in Newcastle:

    Rupali Indian Restaurant Newcastle - Curry Hell

    Been looking for a chicken wing challenge here in the UK like in the US, the hot ones not speed eating.
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    There's a restaurant in Glasgow called Sizzler's Steakhouse, and they have one meal called the "Sizzler's Challenge" - it's a 40oz steak with the usual bits on the side. Costs £25 (or did when I ate it). Size was approx 2" thick all over and filled an entire oval-shaped dinner plate. My dad and I had it once - glad I did it, but never again. I had the meat sweats for ages after and it took days to digest. Although the meat was delicious, by the end of it I was so sick of steak I didn't have another one for about six months.
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    I want to go to there.
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    and some is seriously unhealthy though.

    I always drool over the BBQ pit restaurants they show. 24 hr slow roasted brisket !!!! Would love to go on a food tour of the States visiting the restaurants Adam goes to
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    :laugh: Brilliant!

    Anything that requires you to wear protective gloves to eat it isn't going in my stomach. :D
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    You can do a pretty good brisket on a 10 hour, indirect, slow and low cook with a gas BBQ. Done some myself and the meat falls apart and it's hard to mess up. The real difference is that the US pits have super secret rubs and sauces which are the real appeal.
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    Would be tempted to try the godzilla burger, I used to eat a lot of seriously hot chillis and used to eat dorset naga pizzas
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    Nooooooo

    I will just have to content myself with the challenge of eating any dish from my local Weathspoons and not getting sick.
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    Don't think I could manage the challenge but I may check out the restaurant :thumbsup:
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    Was thinking if I'm ever down that way I might do the same, looks like great food.
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    ive always wanted to try to walk in to Maccy D's with £100 and order a 100 Hamburgers - but dont think i ever will !
    have you checked out Epic Meal Time ?

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    This guy comes pretty close to that:

    @whatupwilly!: In-N-Out 100x100
  21. Stuart Wright

    Stuart Wright AVForums Founder Staff Member

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    I've started a map of UK food challenges. Click here to open it.

    Please suggest venues and challenges as you find them :)
  22. BenchyUK

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    Awesome Thread. I love Man vs Food. My favourite show ever.

    Would love to find something here in Kent.
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    I heard a story on Radio 1 last week one evening (Friday I think it was) about some guy who did a Pizza slice challenge with his mates at a Pizza Hut. Can't remember how many exact slices he downed, but it was some absurd number... :laugh:
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    I did 18 slices once at Uni including crusts, which was our record. I'm sure it doesn't quite measure up to some of the above though!

    Also, myself and a couple friends did one challenge where we had to eat a 16'' deep pan pizza, a tub of Hagen Daz, a litre of Coke and a Garlic Baggette each in less time than the Two Towers extended edition. No one did it, but I remember I had everything done bar two slices of pizza:zonked:
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    > I did 18 slices once at Uni including crusts, which was our record. I'm sure it doesn't quite measure up to some of the above though!

    Lunchtime buffet?

    There is a cafe in or near Croydon that does a breakfast challenge - tin of beans, pack of bacon, pack of saussages, various black puddings, tomoatos, rounds of toast. Finish it and it's free. Can't remember the name of the place.
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    Yep, £3.95 well spent at the time
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    Remember doing a fair few of those myself, back in the student-days.
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    I'm ashamed to say I really like Man v Food too :blush:

    It's wrong on so many levels and oddly is a metaphor for America vs Earth's resources. But is strangely compelling car crash tv, eating by-proxy, he's killing himself and hardening his arteries so I don't have to. A veritable gastronomic Jesus Christ, dying for our pornographic food lust.

    I won't be doing any of these food challenges at all, but I have found myself ramping up the chilli as of late and I suspect Man v Food is to blame.

    Anyway, I thought I'd share Charlie Brooker's take on it
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    Have you ever seen the 'making of' on man vs food. He talk about how he prepares, doing lots of running and gym work. I know he's not exactly tiny but he's in much better shape than you'd think doing that show!

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