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BIG LIST: Gallery of Gluttony

Thursday 22 September 2011, 04:10PM

The only real question is, why?

The only real question is, why?


Proving that holding a world record requires nothing more than eating an awful lot of really awful stuff, here are some of the world’s more bizarre eating accomplishments. The only real question is, why?


– Don ‘Moses’ Lerman probably took ten years off his life when he ate seven quarter-pound sticks of salted butter in five minutes at the Fox Glutton Bowl in 2002.

– Oleg Zhornitskiy probably took lost 11 years when he consumed four 32-ounce bowls of mayonnaise in eight minutes, making him the “undisputed world mayonnaise eating champion”, according to his online bio. We all have our claims to fame…

– Joe Chestnut is probably the biggest name in the ‘sport’ of competitive eating (because apparently it is actually a sport, and people do actually care about it). Among his list of impressively gluttonous records though is his 103 Krystal Burgers in eight minutes on October 28, 2007. That’s just over 16 burgers a minute – or one every 3.75 seconds.

– Sonya Thomas holds the record for the largest amount of fruitcake consumed in 10 minutes, scoffing down four pounds, 14 ¼ ounces of Wegmans Fruitcake on December 30, 2003. The record stands since 2003, so it’s probably fair to say that no one has bothered challenging it, if only for the fact that eating even one ounce of fruitcake is gag-inspiring.

– Eric Booker is a big man, and obviously has an appetite to match, destroying 49 glazed doughnuts in eight minutes on October 2, 2002.

– Perhaps the most impressive record on this list goes to 65-year-old Dick LeFevre, who put away six pounds of Spam from the can in 12 minutes at the Spamarama festival on April 3, 2004. It’s hard to decide what’s more disturbing – that someone ate six pounds of Spam, or that a Spamarama festival actually exists.

Most people know Takeru Kobayashi (if they know him at all) as a skinny Japanese guy who eats a lot of hot dogs. But he also boasts the record for the most cow brains with 57 (17.7 pounds) in 15 minutes. Picture human brains, but smaller and cooked a bit. Mmmm … makes you hungry, right?

With a name like Joey Chestnut, how could you not enter the world of competitive eating? And so it is that Mr Chestnut holds the asparagus record, downing 9 lbs, 5.2 oz of deep fried asparagus spears in 10 minutes at the Stockton Asparagus Fest on April 16, 2011.

Mr Chestnut also holds the record for the most grilled cheese sandwiches, scoffing 47 in 10 minutes on June 10, 2006. Oddly, he holds no records for eating chestnuts.

– Don Lerman ate six pounds of baked beans in one minute, 48 seconds. You can just imagine the after effects…

– The honours for the most amount of pickled beef tongue, with 3 pounds 3 ounces in 12 minutes, goes to Dominic Cardo.

Charles Hardy consumed 6 pounds 9 ounces of giant cabbage in 9 minutes.

Juliet Lee downed 13.23 lbs of jellied cranberry sauce in eight minutes as part of Spike TV’s MLE Chowdown on November 22, 2007.

– The record for eating live cockroaches is held by Ken Edwards of Derbyshire, England. In 2001 he ate 36 hissing Madagascar roaches in one minute.

– On October 8, 2008, Eric Livingston defied all concepts of human revulsion and downed 3 pounds of Haggis in just 8 minutes. He’s not even Scots.

Eric Booker was understandably tearful after taking out the record for the most onions, ploughing through 8.5 ounces (three onions) in one minute on August 8, 2004.

Arturo Rios, Jr. ate 2.89 lbs of pigs’ feet in 10 minutes at the State Fair Meadowlands on June 23, 2007.

Sonya Thomas has a stomach of steel. Not only does she claim the honour of eating 36 dozen Acme oysters in 10 minutes on March 20, 2005; she also downed 38 Moon Pies in eight minutes at the Lady Luck Caruthersville Moon Pie Eating World Championship on October 16, 2010. For the uninitiated, a moon pie is a pastry which consists of two round graham cracker cookies, with marshmallow filling in the centre, dipped in chocolate.

She’s also a turducken champ. A turducken is a dish consisting of a de-boned chicken stuffed into a de-boned duck, which itself is stuffed into a de-boned turkey. If even thinking about that isn’t enough to kill you, try eating 7¾ of this preposterous poultry dish. That’s exactly what Ms Thomas did in just 12 minutes on November 26, 2003.

– But the champion of chow-down champions has to be Patrick Bertoletti, who set a record at the 7-Eleven Sports Slurpee competition on April 15, 2010, by downing a 22 oz slurpee in just 9 seconds. It’s not clear how long it took him to recover from the brainfreeze that inevitably followed.

That’s possibly why, on May 1 this year Mr Bertoletti swallowed 275 pickled jalapeno peppers in eight minutes at the La Costena “Feel the Heat” Jalapeno Eating Championship this year. How long it took before he could rise again from the can is also not recorded.

In between these two feats he set another record, this time on March 19, swallowing 7.5 pounds of fried catfish in 10 minutes at the Rhythm City Casino World Catfish Eating Championships.

Enough? Not for Mr Bertoletti. He probably gained instant cholesterol problems after destroying 38 Mars Bars in five minutes at the Red Faction Mars Bar Eating World Championship on July 22, 2010.

Oh yes, and in September last year Mr Bertoletti ate 5 lbs 11.2 oz of sour pickles in six minutes at the Isle Casino Pompano Park World Pickle Eating Championship.



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