European eating challenges and contests category

El Español has an interview with Spanish competitive eater Joe Burger Challenge.
The Man vs Food restaurant in London will hold the Great British Eat Off on November 13. A "huge cash prize" will be awarded to the first finisher of a giant burrito. Leah Shutkever is expected to attend.
Birmingham Mail has an article about Leah Shutkever completing the mixed grill challenge at Rowley Bar and Grill.
Market Square in Orpington, England will hold a hands-free spaghetti eating contest on September 7 awarding £250 to the winner.
Romsey Advertiser has an article about UK competitive eater "Hungry Ronin", who works as an action performer in films.
"UK Chilli Queen" Shahina Waseem defeated Johnny Scoville at the Chilli & Cheese Festival in Guildford, England to extend her career undefeated streak in spicy eating contests. (video)

50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 porridge eating contest talk

Today is the 50th anniversary of a conversation about a porridge eating contest between mission control and the crew of Apollo 11:

Bruce McCandless in Houston: And in Corby, England, an Irishman, John Coyle, has won the world’s porridge eating championship by consuming 23 bowls of instant oatmeal in a 10-minute time limit from a field of 35 other competitors. Over.

Astronaut Michael Collins: I’d like to enter Aldrin in the oatmeal eating contest next time.

McCandless: Is he pretty good at that?

Collins: He’s doing his share up here.

McCandless: Let’s see. You all just finished a meal not long ago, too, didn’t you?

Aldrin: I’m still eating.

McCandless: Okay. Does that — that —

Collins: He’s on his — He’s on his 19th bowl.

A recording of the conversation was used in a commercial for Quaker Oats UK starring Buzz Aldrin.

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A segment about Leah Shutkever from the recent Channel 4 documentary titled "Battle of The Super Eaters" can be viewed on youtube. The documentary can be viewed in its entirety for the next three days for free on the channel's website.
TheAthletic.com has an article (mostly behind a paywall) about Birgit Felden's victory in the 1984 Nathan's finals, the only time a female has had the highest overall total in a July 4 contest. She is now a professor of business in Berlin.
A segment of last week's Battle of the Super Eaters about Leah Shutkever can be viewed on the Channel 4 facebook page.
The Sunderland Echo has an interview with Kyle Gibson about his appearance in Battle of the Super Eaters: 3000 Calories a Minute on Channel 4 on British television Thursday night. Leah Shutkever and Adam "Beard Meats Food" Moran are other featured UK competitive eaters.
"Battle of the Super Eaters: 3000 Calories a Minute", featuring Adam "Beard Meats Food" Moran, Leah Shutkever and Kyle Gibson, will be televised on Channel 4 on British TV on June 13. Footage from last year's Hwy 55 burger eating contest will be included.
A Spanish team part of a group doing a Mississippi valley food challenge tour is the first four person group to finish the 12 pound Humonga Kookamonga burger challenge at Kooky Canuck in Memphis.
Man vs. Food in London has a request for eaters to face off against Leah Shutkever and Kyle Gibson on Friday for an upcoming program on Channel 4.
Shaina Waseem, the "UK Chilli Queen", extended her streak of spicy eating contest victories to 50 with a victory in a pepper eating contest at the Foodies Festival in Bristol, England.
KyleVFood set the record for the 3.5 kg Belly Buster burger challenge at Man vs Food in London and won £250.
Spanish competitive eater Joe Burgerchallenge completed 100 restaurant challenges and created a 100 post twitter thread to document the achievement.
Radim Dvořáček was the first person to finish the Fat Boy Burger Challenge at Harley's in Tenerife in the Canary Islands and won €400.
Plans were submitted for a Nathan's Famous in Bournemouth, England. Another location for the chain has been proposed in Southampton.
Spanish competitve eater Esstik has been recognized as the Guinness World Record holder for most hot dogs eaten in 3 minutes with 9.
24 year old beauty therapist Bethan Gaskin passed away after she choked after attempting to see how many Jaffa Cakes she could fit in her mouth in Bourne, England on February 22.
Znak.com reports that a 45 year old man died on March 8 while competing in a pancake eating contest in Vladimir, Russia. (via XSovietNews)
Radim Dvořáček ate a 32.5 inch pizza at Little O's in Belfast in 32:13 yesterday to win a prize of £500.
Dublin Institute of Technology cancelled its "Iron Stomach" eating competitions after advice from its liabilty insurance provider.
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