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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.
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.
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.
Plans were submitted for a Nathan's Famous in Bournemouth, England. Another location for the chain has been proposed in Southampton.
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.
Radim Dvořáček ate a 32.5 inch pizza at Little O's in Belfast in 32:13 yesterday to win a prize of £500.
Leah Shutkever and Nate Figgs produced videos of their attempts at the pancake tower challenge at Polo 24 Hour Bar in London on Saturday.
The Manual has a report on the stinging nettle eating championship held at the Bottle Inn in Marshwood, England.
The BBC Radio 5 facebook has clips from a recent Kate Ovens interview titled "I Make a Living from Competitive Eating".
Leah Shutkever has uploaded her attempt to set the Guinness record for eating a chocolate orange that was televised during "Britain's Favourite Chocolate Bar" on December 30. The clip includes footage of June's Highway 55 burger eating contest.
In her Instagram story, Leah Shutkever announced her attempt to break the Guinness record for eating chocolate oranges will be televised during "Britain's Favourite Chocolate Bar" on Channel 5 at 9 pm British Time.
Martin Appleton-Clare ate his pie in a record 19.6 seconds to take his fifth title at the World Pie Eating Championships at Harry's Bar in Wigan, England. To reduce competitors' flatulence, the pies were changed from meat and potatoes to chicken.
The George Pub and Grill in Stockton-on-Tees, England is offering a 16,500 calorie, 31 pound Christmas challenge that is free if finished by a single diner. The meal includes an 11 pound turkey.
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