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Published January 14th 2013
Burgers that put McDonald's to shame
In America people thrive on extreme food challenges, and it is to be something Britain has latched onto as well in recent years. The challenge to eat mega meals with more calories than you can calculate seems to work on the same bases as most tests of endurance: pushing yourself to the limit and the refusal to be beaten. But while climbing Mount Everest will help you get fit, eating yourself sick could wind you up lying on the restaurant floor with a coronary attack. Definitely not a recommended activity, it is a challenge only for the stouthearted, stubborn, and stupid. If you are one of these people, then maybe one of these extreme food challenges are for you:
Yes, you did read correctly, and no, it is not a typo. Mom's American style diner in High Wycombe prides itself on its hundred percent home cooked food, and its hundred percent British halal beef. That means, when you bite into your 72oz steak, you know you are eating quality ingredients from local farmers. The rules are simple. You have one hour to eat the steak, during which time you are not allowed to leave the table. If you complete the challenge in the given time then your meal is free, but if not you'll end up with a whopping bill of £49.99.
If you love your burgers, this one might just be the death of you. The 'Titanic Burger' at Oscar's American themed diner in Telford weighs in at a hefty two and a half pounds and 4,200 calories. With a pound of beef, six rashers of bacon, two chicken breasts, two potato waffles, four onion rings, and cheese, after this challenge you might need a trip to A&E. Believe it or not, the burger is not the only part of the challenge. Along with that, you have only forty-five minutes to wolf down a large portion of chips, pot of coleslaw, and tall ice cream milkshake. The £15 meal is free if you win, and you will also get a commemorative t-shirt, and your picture on the diner's wall of fame. The amazing record time so far is seven minutes.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but if you take up the challenge at Mario's Cafe in Bolton, it will probably be your only meal. Consisting of ten eggs, sausages, rashes of bacon, slices of toast, and five slices of black pudding, tomatoes, mushrooms, and baked beans, this start to the days adds up to 5000 calories. Normally it could cost £10.95, but if you down it all in twenty minutes then it is free. No one has managed it so far.
4. The Beast
920 Brighton Road, Purley, Croydon, CR8 2LN
The Titanic has nothing on 'The Beast'. Unofficially, Britain's largest burger, the fourteen pounder rounds up to 15,000 calories and can be found at Burgers at Black, a restaurant in Purley. With seven pounds of Prime Black Angus Beef, half a pound of Cheddar cheese, seven rashes of streaky smoked bacon, seven tomatoes, and a whole lettuce, you are given one hour to eat it all, plus a milkshake and pound of chips. If you win, the meal is free, and you get put up on the wall of fame; lose, and your marked on the wall of shame and walk (or crawl) away with a £60 bill. They also have a cheat's challenge for four people, if you think you need some help.
A even bigger than Mario's the Kidz Breakfast at Jester's Diner in Yarmouth is the weight of an average baby. This nine pound start to the day is 6000 calories and contains twelve bacon rashers, twelve sausages, six eggs, four slices of black pudding, four slices of buttered bread, four slices of toast, four slices of fried bread, beans, tomatoes, mushrooms, saute potatoes and an eight-egg cheese and potato omelette. You have one hour to finishes it off to get the £15 breakfast free. So far only one person has achieved it. Robert Pinto (who also won Mario's challenge) ate the breakfast in just twenty-six minutes.