Hundreds fail to complete 6lb burger eating challenge

Chef Andrew Porter serves up a 6lb burger challenge meal at Uncle Joe's Roadhouse & Grill on the A64

The closest to completing the challenge so far, Will Brannon, with his remaining 8oz of food

Manager Sarah Thompson with a "Man v Dog" meal challenge at Uncle Joe’s Roadhouse

First published in News York Press: Photograph of the Author by

MORE than 200 people have tried and failed to complete a challenge to eat a mammoth 6lb burger meal, a North Yorkshire diner has said.

Although hundreds of competitive eaters have flocked from across the region to Uncle Joe’s Roadhouse and Grill near Flaxton, its owners have said that no-one has yet been able to complete the meal, which includes 2lb of beefburger, a 1lb bread roll, 2lb of chips and 1lb of beer-battered onion rings.

The closest anyone has come was York man Will Brannon, who admitted defeat with 8oz of food to go.

The challenge is North Yorkshire’s answer to the American television programme Man v Food, which follows presenter Adam Richman as he tours the States attempting extreme eating challenges.

Co-owner Sarah Thompson said: “We get groups of people – it’s a male bravado thing and a fight to the finish to see who can eat the most. This Friday, we have 40 people coming.

“We do challenges featured in Man v Food. In the UK, it’s so rare that people who love the programme come from all over.

‘‘I get people coming from Wakefield and Leeds just to do the challenges.”

Whoever completes the 6lb burger challenge will have the meal officially renamed after them and will also be refunded the £20 cost in vouchers.

Those who managed to finish the meal would have their photograph put on a wall of fame and those who did not, a wall of shame, she said.

Other challenges involve “atomic wings” – which includes 12 super- hot chicken wings – and “the farmyard challenge”, a 5lb “meat fest” consisting of slow cooked pulled pork, 17 sausages, three griddled chicken breasts, 1lb of locally reared beef chilli, a 1lb bucket of mashed potato, 1lb of onion rings and a jug of gravy.

In addition, the “Man v Dog” challenge includes two 2ft chilli dogs containing 14 hot dog sausages. And “Pancake problem” includes 3lb of buttermilk pancakes, half-a- pound of blueberries and five scoops of ice cream.

Acomb GP Dr Brian McGregor said: “Obviously this is a trend coming from America. I would imagine you are looking at getting on for 4,000 to 5,000 calories for one meal – the recommended amount is 2,500 for a healthy adult male. All this excess energy will be converted into fat.”

He said those who finished the meal were likely to feel sick and constipated and he said he would also be concerned about the impact of eating such a substantial amount of meat on the kidneys.

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8:08am Wed 30 Jan 13

notmyrealname says...

Disgusting - this type of contest just encourages our wasteful, greedy, selfish culture of obesity and overeating. At least the story includes a warning at the end from a doctor.
What happens to the food that is not eaten - straight in the bin no doubt .
Disgusting - this type of contest just encourages our wasteful, greedy, selfish culture of obesity and overeating. At least the story includes a warning at the end from a doctor. What happens to the food that is not eaten - straight in the bin no doubt . notmyrealname
  • Score: -1

8:15am Wed 30 Jan 13

anistasia says...

Think of all those starving in other countries and it's not healthy. The cost of this meal would feed a couple of kids for 2 days.and where is this money coming from we all have to make cutbacks.
Think of all those starving in other countries and it's not healthy. The cost of this meal would feed a couple of kids for 2 days.and where is this money coming from we all have to make cutbacks. anistasia
  • Score: -2

8:16am Wed 30 Jan 13

RoastChicken says...

This place is awful, filthy and disgusting.
This place is awful, filthy and disgusting. RoastChicken
  • Score: -1

8:36am Wed 30 Jan 13

old_geezer says...

Horse we know about, but where do they find the mammoths?
Horse we know about, but where do they find the mammoths? old_geezer
  • Score: 1

9:09am Wed 30 Jan 13

yorkborn66 says...

If my dog would by prepared to lower his standards, I might have taken him to attempt the challenge. Maybe not that would be cruelty to animals.
If my dog would by prepared to lower his standards, I might have taken him to attempt the challenge. Maybe not that would be cruelty to animals. yorkborn66
  • Score: -1

9:21am Wed 30 Jan 13

roskoboskovic says...

predictable response from sad people.how taking up this challenge or not affects starving people in other countries is beyond me.if you pay for the meal with your own money then it s your business.isn t it?
predictable response from sad people.how taking up this challenge or not affects starving people in other countries is beyond me.if you pay for the meal with your own money then it s your business.isn t it? roskoboskovic
  • Score: 1

9:46am Wed 30 Jan 13

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

Thank you. I now know what civilised society is all about. I take it we're all proud about this?
Thank you. I now know what civilised society is all about. I take it we're all proud about this? Ignatius Lumpopo
  • Score: -1

10:37am Wed 30 Jan 13

Matt_S says...

roskoboskovic wrote:
predictable response from sad people.how taking up this challenge or not affects starving people in other countries is beyond me.if you pay for the meal with your own money then it s your business.isn t it?
Increasing the demand for food pushes up its price, which can be incredibly serious if you're only living on a dollar a day.
[quote][p][bold]roskoboskovic[/bold] wrote: predictable response from sad people.how taking up this challenge or not affects starving people in other countries is beyond me.if you pay for the meal with your own money then it s your business.isn t it?[/p][/quote]Increasing the demand for food pushes up its price, which can be incredibly serious if you're only living on a dollar a day. Matt_S
  • Score: -1

11:01am Wed 30 Jan 13

chunks says...

roskoboskovic wrote:
predictable response from sad people.how taking up this challenge or not affects starving people in other countries is beyond me.if you pay for the meal with your own money then it s your business.isn t it?
Why do you have to be abusive?

Why can't you make your point without saying that people with an opposing view are "predictable" and "sad"?
[quote][p][bold]roskoboskovic[/bold] wrote: predictable response from sad people.how taking up this challenge or not affects starving people in other countries is beyond me.if you pay for the meal with your own money then it s your business.isn t it?[/p][/quote]Why do you have to be abusive? Why can't you make your point without saying that people with an opposing view are "predictable" and "sad"? chunks
  • Score: -1

11:03am Wed 30 Jan 13

Firedrake says...

"Locally reared beef chilli" - how the heck do you "rear" chilli?
"Locally reared beef chilli" - how the heck do you "rear" chilli? Firedrake
  • Score: 0

1:16pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Buzz Light-year says...

old_geezer wrote:
Horse we know about, but where do they find the mammoths?
:-D comment of the week!
[quote][p][bold]old_geezer[/bold] wrote: Horse we know about, but where do they find the mammoths?[/p][/quote]:-D comment of the week! Buzz Light-year
  • Score: 1

3:24pm Wed 30 Jan 13

alfie says...

One word obesity/publicity stunt! these competitions for eating massive portions come from America no wonder they say we are following Americas footsteps in the race to be the fattest. What a waste!
One word obesity/publicity stunt! these competitions for eating massive portions come from America no wonder they say we are following Americas footsteps in the race to be the fattest. What a waste! alfie
  • Score: -1

3:35pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Garrowby Turnoff says...

Didn't two Shredded Wheat used to be the yardstick of overindulgence?
Didn't two Shredded Wheat used to be the yardstick of overindulgence? Garrowby Turnoff
  • Score: 0

3:46pm Wed 30 Jan 13

The Junkyard Angel says...

I think I could eat the food but you would have to roll me home after!!
I think I could eat the food but you would have to roll me home after!! The Junkyard Angel
  • Score: 1

4:06pm Wed 30 Jan 13

DJS83 says...

CHALLENGE EXCEPTED
CHALLENGE EXCEPTED DJS83
  • Score: 0

4:08pm Wed 30 Jan 13

DJS83 says...

Firedrake wrote:
"Locally reared beef chilli" - how the heck do you "rear" chilli?
I guessed you missed the word beef in front?
[quote][p][bold]Firedrake[/bold] wrote: "Locally reared beef chilli" - how the heck do you "rear" chilli?[/p][/quote]I guessed you missed the word beef in front? DJS83
  • Score: 0

4:39pm Wed 30 Jan 13

runnermatt says...

Garrowby Turnoff wrote:
Didn't two Shredded Wheat used to be the yardstick of overindulgence?
No it was three
[quote][p][bold]Garrowby Turnoff[/bold] wrote: Didn't two Shredded Wheat used to be the yardstick of overindulgence?[/p][/quote]No it was three runnermatt
  • Score: 0

6:04pm Wed 30 Jan 13

HRH Lady Muck says...

notmyrealname wrote:
Disgusting - this type of contest just encourages our wasteful, greedy, selfish culture of obesity and overeating. At least the story includes a warning at the end from a doctor.
What happens to the food that is not eaten - straight in the bin no doubt .
I entirely agree.
[quote][p][bold]notmyrealname[/bold] wrote: Disgusting - this type of contest just encourages our wasteful, greedy, selfish culture of obesity and overeating. At least the story includes a warning at the end from a doctor. What happens to the food that is not eaten - straight in the bin no doubt .[/p][/quote]I entirely agree. HRH Lady Muck
  • Score: -1

6:20pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Yorkborneinbse says...

What a great advert for Uncle Joes. Many will try, most will fail, meanwhile the business will thrive, well done.

There's always one isn't there, or in this case more than 200

Could pubs and clubs do this? Drink 30 pints and if you achieve it, get them free ?
What a great advert for Uncle Joes. Many will try, most will fail, meanwhile the business will thrive, well done. There's always one isn't there, or in this case more than 200 Could pubs and clubs do this? Drink 30 pints and if you achieve it, get them free ? Yorkborneinbse
  • Score: 1

9:24pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Buzz Light-year says...

As an advertorial this is a fail.

Look at the photo.
Stodgy looking cheap white bread, big ugly burger, plastic cheese slices, soggy looking skinny french fries, and lardy onion rings.

I'd rather eat my own arm for a challenge.
I love food and I can over-eat as well as anyone. But not that crap.

What's it called again? Uncle Joe’s Roadhouse and Grill near Flaxton?
Thanks for the warning, I'll be sure to steer clear.
As an advertorial this is a fail. Look at the photo. Stodgy looking cheap white bread, big ugly burger, plastic cheese slices, soggy looking skinny french fries, and lardy onion rings. I'd rather eat my own arm for a challenge. I love food and I can over-eat as well as anyone. But not that crap. What's it called again? Uncle Joe’s Roadhouse and Grill near Flaxton? Thanks for the warning, I'll be sure to steer clear. Buzz Light-year
  • Score: -1

7:36am Thu 31 Jan 13

Captain Beige says...

Why do we need yet more American 'fads' over here? Why encourage gluttony when we are also promoting healthy lifestyles? Articles like this should really be left to magazines like 'gluttony for idiots' rather than what I thought was a respectable newspaper in the York Press. I hope this diner has supersized seats to fit the supersized people who will now flock to the business for the challenge!
Why do we need yet more American 'fads' over here? Why encourage gluttony when we are also promoting healthy lifestyles? Articles like this should really be left to magazines like 'gluttony for idiots' rather than what I thought was a respectable newspaper in the York Press. I hope this diner has supersized seats to fit the supersized people who will now flock to the business for the challenge! Captain Beige
  • Score: -1

7:51am Thu 31 Jan 13

THE BEAR!!! says...

Chill out all them that are moaning about this.... it's a laugh...
They have earned their money. Spend it how you want.... All those moaning about wasting foods I bet are still spending money on the biggest polluter; fuel (Diesel/petrol). Jump on a bus and remove cars from the road and stop ruining the planet.
And you’re also trying to tell me that you ALL finish your meals and never throw any food away. Give over. I bet your bin is a ¼ full of waste food every fortnight.
Try it, have a laugh, let your hair down. Enjoy yourself. You never know, you might get addicted to having fun.
Chill out all them that are moaning about this.... it's a laugh... They have earned their money. Spend it how you want.... All those moaning about wasting foods I bet are still spending money on the biggest polluter; fuel (Diesel/petrol). Jump on a bus and remove cars from the road and stop ruining the planet. And you’re also trying to tell me that you ALL finish your meals and never throw any food away. Give over. I bet your bin is a ¼ full of waste food every fortnight. Try it, have a laugh, let your hair down. Enjoy yourself. You never know, you might get addicted to having fun. THE BEAR!!!
  • Score: 0

12:04pm Thu 31 Jan 13

/kev/null says...

anistasia wrote:
Think of all those starving in other countries and it's not healthy. The cost of this meal would feed a couple of kids for 2 days.and where is this money coming from we all have to make cutbacks.
Let's have some perspective. Eating a big sandwich is a bit vulgar, but how much did you spend on your car? Couldn't you have spent less and given the rest to charity? How else do you over-indulge yourself? Consumer electronics? Shoes? Holidays?

Having a big sandwich doesn't seem like such an outrage all of a sudden.
[quote][p][bold]anistasia[/bold] wrote: Think of all those starving in other countries and it's not healthy. The cost of this meal would feed a couple of kids for 2 days.and where is this money coming from we all have to make cutbacks.[/p][/quote]Let's have some perspective. Eating a big sandwich is a bit vulgar, but how much did you spend on your car? Couldn't you have spent less and given the rest to charity? How else do you over-indulge yourself? Consumer electronics? Shoes? Holidays? Having a big sandwich doesn't seem like such an outrage all of a sudden. /kev/null
  • Score: 0

5:47pm Thu 31 Jan 13

Coriolanus says...

They do something similar at the Wensleydale Heiffer albeit with fish. I completed it and had to lie down for hours afterwards having made the mistake of pigging out on fish soup and bread rolls beforehand. I reckon the total quantities would have been around the same. I thoroughly recommend the experience. If this burger place used 2lbs of steak, whether beef or horse, even if done as hache, rather than just a potentially iffy burger, I would have a go
They do something similar at the Wensleydale Heiffer albeit with fish. I completed it and had to lie down for hours afterwards having made the mistake of pigging out on fish soup and bread rolls beforehand. I reckon the total quantities would have been around the same. I thoroughly recommend the experience. If this burger place used 2lbs of steak, whether beef or horse, even if done as hache, rather than just a potentially iffy burger, I would have a go Coriolanus
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6:32pm Thu 31 Jan 13

stopatred says...

i can just about manage 3 weetabix then im stuffed
i can just about manage 3 weetabix then im stuffed stopatred
  • Score: 0

11:34pm Thu 31 Jan 13

charvisioku says...

Buzz Light-year wrote:
As an advertorial this is a fail.

Look at the photo.
Stodgy looking cheap white bread, big ugly burger, plastic cheese slices, soggy looking skinny french fries, and lardy onion rings.

I'd rather eat my own arm for a challenge.
I love food and I can over-eat as well as anyone. But not that crap.

What's it called again? Uncle Joe’s Roadhouse and Grill near Flaxton?
Thanks for the warning, I'll be sure to steer clear.
You know, I was just thinking it looked pretty nice and I might try that place sometime xD
Funny how people have such different tastes.
[quote][p][bold]Buzz Light-year[/bold] wrote: As an advertorial this is a fail. Look at the photo. Stodgy looking cheap white bread, big ugly burger, plastic cheese slices, soggy looking skinny french fries, and lardy onion rings. I'd rather eat my own arm for a challenge. I love food and I can over-eat as well as anyone. But not that crap. What's it called again? Uncle Joe’s Roadhouse and Grill near Flaxton? Thanks for the warning, I'll be sure to steer clear.[/p][/quote]You know, I was just thinking it looked pretty nice and I might try that place sometime xD Funny how people have such different tastes. charvisioku
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