French eating challenges and contests category

The French series L’EFFET PAPILLON (Butterfly Effect) televised an episode about American competitive eating. The program appears to focus on Wing Bowl 26. Raina Huang also appears.
Parisian Kate Yup has started a food challenge / ASMR youtube channel. In her latest video, she eats 5kg (11 lbs) of salmon, which she bills as a world record.
Team Chomp, consisting of Joey Chestnut and Tim "Eater X" Janus, was eliminated from season 30 of The Amazing Race after they had difficulty solving a puzzle based on a Van Gogh painting at the end of last night's episode recorded in south France. They were beat out for the final spot by Team Wellstrung, a pair of bodybuilding violinists. Other challenges Team Chomp did yesterday included boating with a single person sailboat, catapult construction, sandal making and a bocce style game called petanque. Team Chomp was the only duo to attempt the painting challenge; other teams did a challenge in a Roman arena now used for bullfighting.

QZ on 18th century Frenchman

QZ.com has an article about Tarrare, born in 1772 in Lyon, France.

By the time he was 17, he was reportedly 100 pounds (about 45 kg), and consumed a quarter of a cow’s worth of beef per day. He ran away from home and joined a freak show, where he delighted attendees by eating anything—literally anything—they gave him, which ranged from a basket of apples, dozens of eggs, and even wine corks and flints.

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News.sfr.fr has an article in French on how Takeru Kobayashi and Randy Santel prepare their stomach for large Christmas meals.
Today's featured Wikipedia entry is Charles Domery, a Polish soldier whose extreme hunger resulted in desertion from the Prussians to join the French Revolutionary Army in 1792 in search of better rations. As a prisoner of war in Liverpool, he received 10 times the normal amount of food. He reportedly ate 174 cats in a calendar year and would eat 4 or 5 pounds of grass a day if no other food was on hand. (via Wild Bill)
The Wire has an article about the daily diets of Tour de France riders which contain up to 9,000 calories. (via Justin Zoradi)
Cookware manufacturer Le Creuset produced a cartoon of a coq au vin eating contest for the new All You Can Eat Issue of Lucky Peach magazine. LeCreuset.com is accepting votes on who you think would win the contest.
Nathan's finals reruns will be televised on the Extreme Sports Channel in the UK from April 21 to April 28. The French Extreme Sports Channel will televise the finals starting on May 12.  
A fake trailer video (may not be safe for work) has been produced for "Feed to Kill", a horror movie set in the world of French competitive eating. Project blog | facebook (via Dread Central)
The Guardian has an article about a 0.6 kg pound (1.32 pounds) burger named after soccer star Zlatan Ibrahimovic available at Doddy's Cafe in Boulogne-Billancourt, France. (video)
The French network TV 2 did a segment about Joel Podelsky and his weight loss. (via email)
Acta Diurna has an article (in French) about Man vs. Food calling it "Pornographie alimentaire".
LeMonde.fr has an article about competitive eating in French calling competitive eaters "les ogres modernes".

Link Buffet: August 4, 2008

  • Another review of the MLE video game
  • Article mentioning Samantha Brown’s participation in the Italian sausage eating contest
  • Ravioli contest in Providence Saturday
  • A Taste of Hamburg (PA) eating contest August 30
  • A possible European contest for “Furious” Pete: Pourcailhade La Fête du Cochon (PigFest) in Trie-sur-Baïse, France will have a boudin sausage eating contest on August 10

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