Food challenges are increasingly gaining popularity. Competitive eating excites, interests, and disgusts people in equal measure. For some people, it is something they do not want to see or hear about, but they cannot resist. Many restaurants are opening with insane food challenges that end up victorious or ill, but it does not stop going that one step further and breaking world records!
The thrill of defeating food and completing belly-bursting food challenges has become the norm. Devouring pounds of food for bragging rights seems to be downright insane.
Try these food challenges if you enjoy pushing your body to its limits and are a food maniac.
Big Mama & Papa’s Pizza- Los Angeles, CA
This challenge may require you to pick up some hungry strangers from the side of the street because it was created with 20 pounds of dough, 6 pounds of sauce, and 12 pounds of cheese. To win the $1,000 prize to split, this 54′ inch of pure deliciousness must be completely devoured with a maximum of 5 persons helping.
Kitchen Sink Challenge – Walnut Creek, US
The San Francisco Creamery is the home of this challenge. A sundae of all sundaes, packing in an incredible three bananas, eight scoops of ice cream, eight different toppings, loads of whipped cream, and nuts into one dish.
If you complete the challenge in under an hour, you will receive a free ice cream for a year!
72 Oz. Steak Challenge – Amarillo, Texas
This steak challenge in Texas consists of a 72 oz. steak, shrimp cocktail, baked potato, salad, and dinner roll. Big Texas Steak Ranch will give you the meal for free if you manage to consume it all in an hour without collapsing into a food coma.
The Zellagabetsky Challenge – Texas
The Zellagabetsky, four-pound deli meat from Kenny and Ziggy’s Delicatessen that includes tongue, pastrami, turkey, roast beef, and corned beef, is also included.
Did you know that the past winners of the challenge include basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal?
Donut Challenge – Texas
Texas always has something to offer! A donut makes a delicious afternoon treat, but this two-pound donut from Round Rock Donuts, Texas, will do more than quench your appetite till dinner.
Beer Barrel Main Even Burger – Clearfield, PA
The chefs top off the mouthwatering burger with a pound of lettuce, ketchup, mustard, and mayo. This 123-pound giant costs a staggering $379 and includes an 80-pound beef patty, a 30-pound bun, 12 tomatoes, and 160 pieces of cheese.
If you finish this burger in less than five hours, you will receive a $350 reward, a t-shirt, and your name posted on the pub’s wall of fame.
Bacon Bomb Challenge – Chicago
The five pounds of ground beef, pig, and sausage that make up the Bacon Bomb Challenge are wrapped in bacon, slow-cooked, and then dusted with brown sugar. Fries or potato salad are available as a side dish to this meat brick. Join their wall of fame by finishing this challenge, which typically serves 6–8 people in under 45 minutes.
Ghost Wing Challenge – Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
Girvan Grille, famous for its ten blazing-hot wings, demands that each customer finish the plate of wings in under 15 minutes. You may think that 10 wings are just a piece of cake but when you find out that the ghost pepper is the hottest chile pepper and 400 times hotter than Tabasco sauce, you might be taking this back.
Kidz Breakfast Challenge – Great Yarmouth, England
The KIDZ breakfast challenge at Jester’s Diner consists of 9 pounds of bacon, sausages, potatoes, mushrooms, bread, eggs, beans, and hash browns. This challenge is for adults only, though it sounds like for kids. It weighs the same as a small child.
Health experts are demanding the removal of this dish and warning people with heart conditions that they could die from consuming three days’ worth of calories in one sitting. It costs nothing if you finish this 6,000-calorie monster in an hour.
Sausage Roll Challenge – London, England
Traditional English delicacies like sausage rolls are often offered at buffets for kids’ parties and picnics. But this two-foot sausage roll from the County Arms bar in London is something else entirely. You can get a T-shirt and a satisfied stomach if you finish this pastry demon in five minutes.
The Pancake Challenge – Honolulu, Hawaii
Topped with your choice of blueberries, walnuts, chocolate chunks, coconut, pineapple, macadamia nuts, cinnamon streusel, or vanilla glaze, these three stacker 14-inch pancakes served at Hilton Waikiki may give you another level of food challenge.
You will get a free meal, a t-shirt, and your photo on the wall of fame if you are one of the few people to finish this dish.
Nacho Challenge – Las Vegas, NV
These $55 nachos, filled with 8 pounds of chipotle sauce, queso, mixed cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, onions, poblano peppers, black beans, poblano and pickled jalapeños, taco meat, carnitas, fajita chicken, shrimp, sour cream, carne asada, salsa, guacamole, and pico de gallo.
You can get a free meal, a t-shirt, and your photo on Sammy Hagar’s Macho Nacho Hall of Fame by finishing in less than 55 minutes.
The Whale Challenge – Yorkshire, UK
In Yorkshire, England, Casey’s Fish ‘n’ Chips is believed to serve the biggest portion of fish and chips in the United Kingdom. The challenge features a 32oz (900g) piece of battered haddock, four sides, a roll, and 15oz (425g) of chips. The meal is far more than the industry standard servings of fish and chips, which are 6 oz (170 g) of fish and 10 oz (280 g) of chips. Only seven people have succeeded in finishing it, and several Americans have traveled across the pond to attempt to do so.
15 Dozen Club Challenge – New Orleans
Eating 15 dozen oysters at Acme Oyster House in one sitting seems fitting since New Orleans is known for its fresh seafood. The eater who holds the restaurant record has consumed 645 oysters or 43 dozen!
Jack-n-Grill Challenge – Colorado
Breakfast burritos are a great way to start the day for anyone, but this seven-pound Jack-n-Grill monster is no joke. There are seven potatoes, a pound of ham, a whole onion, cheese, chili, and a dozen eggs.
There is no time limit on this, however, you cannot take toilet breaks, which seems reasonable considering that if you finish it, you will receive free food FOR LIFE.
Italian Challenge – Niagara Falls, Canada
You can attempt eating almost every Italian food ever created at Mick & Angelo’s Eatery beside Niagara Falls, including spaghetti, lasagna, chicken parmesan, cheese manicotti, cannelloni, garlic bread, vegetable soup, and even apple cobbler.
If you finish the meal in 90 minutes, you will have a free meal, a T-shirt, and your picture on their wall of fame.
Dumpling Challenge – Tokyo
Do you enjoy eating Japanese food? The Gyoza Challenge is ideal for you in that case. Costing ¥9,600 ($80, £56, $116AU), this mammoth dumpling needs to be ordered and paid for two days in advance as it requires special preparation.
The good news is you can get that money back, but only if you finish it all.
Jurassic Pork Challenge – Sydney
The Jurassic Pork, a 3.5-pound dish from Sydney’s Essen Restaurant, is made out of a hollowed-out loaf of bread and is stuffed with tender pulled pork and coleslaw. This food challenge, which comes with a side of chips, is free if you finish it in 35 minutes, but if you don’t, you will be charged $49 (£34). In addition, your picture will also be posted on the “Pork of Shame” wall.
In conclusion, if overeating is your biggest vice, then trying these challenges is just right for you. Overindulge in one of your favorite foods and forget about your restraint and diet goals. Have fun!