European eating challenges and contests category

Strongman competitor Robert Oberst ate 15,000 calories of sushi. While dining, he broke the restaurant booth. (video)
Mirror has an article about Kyle Gibson's latest video in which he attempts every starter, burger, main, side, wrap and dessert offered by Nando's restaurant chain.
Beard Meats Food was the mystery guest on this week's episode of the "Who Are You?" segment on the Chris Moyles Show on Radio X.
Eddie Du posted a video of a 1962 Chinese food eating contest held in England which required the participants to use chopsticks.

Kate Yup passes 1 million youtube subscribers

The Kate Yup youtube channel (started in March 2018) just passed one million subscribers despite releasing no new videos in over 14 months. If you consider her a European food challenger (she originally gave her location as France or Belgium), she is the first female in that category to reach that milestone.

The channel stars a woman wearing a mask and the top half of her head is never shown. She is recorded behind a table loaded with food (usually seafood) which she eats with her bare hands. There are no other people in Kate Yup’s videos and information is conveyed with on-screen graphics instead of talking. All videos are recorded indoors at an undisclosed location.

In 2019, speculation about Kate Yup’s channel took a negative turn, with theories circulating that she was being forced by kidnappers to make her videos. Kate addressed those allegations in an August 2019 video titled “I Am Alive”, which failed to dispel the rumors.

The most recent video Kate uploaded was on November 10, 2019, in which she continued with a seafood feast despite losing two teeth during her meal. Since that date there have been no videos or other social media posts from her.

I do not currently have any hard evidence about the Kate Yup situation, but I plan to do a series of posts curating the information I do possess to facilitate other people’s investigations.

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Reemul Balla writes in MyLondon that he was partially deaf for two days after eating a package of spicy ramen. The challenge was inspired by a Matt Stonie video in which he ate 15 packs of Samyang Korean Spicy Noodles.
GeorgianEra.Wordpress.com has curated several articles from 18th century newspapers describing giant meals. Here is a feast described in a 1732 issue of the Caledonia Mercury:
Joseph Barry mentioned in our last, besides the six pound weight of beef steaks, devoured a quarter loaf, drank two gallons of strong beer, and ate besides a pound of roast pork and two pounds of bread and cheese, between ten in the morning and one in the afternoon.
Daily Star has an article about the breakfast sandwich challenge at Big Dave's Cafe in Bromsgrove, England, which has defeated 74 of the 80 diners who have attempted it.
"The Big Eat", a documentary about the 2005 UK qualifier for Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest can be viewed on youtube.
Kyle Gibson (Kyle v Food) attempted to eat every sweet item available in Lidl's bakery section in under 20 minutes.

British Eating League awards

The British Eating League has started announcing its awards for 2020:
Best Australian Female Eater – Mimi Zhang
Best Turkish Male Eater – Yakup Balikci
Best Tiktok Eater – Raina Huang
Best Team Eaters – Nick Wehry and Miki Sudo

update December 22 awards
Best Australian male – Cal “Hulk Smash Food” Stubbs
Best Czech male – Radim Dvoracek
Best UK female – Leah Shutkever
Best Instgram eater – Jesse “Food Coma” Freeman

update December 23 awards
Facebook eater of the Year – Randy Santel
Best Online Team Eaters of the Year – Molly Schuyler & Dan Kennedy
Best UK Eater – Adam “Beard Meats Food” Moran
Best Youtube Eater – Matt Stonie
Hall of Fame – Randy Santel

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Beard Meats Food has produced a single and music video titled "Garlic Bread (I Think I am in Love). The song can be purchased from streaming services for 59p with proceeds going to the Stroke Association. The iTunes charts has the single currently in the top 40. update Leeds Live has an article about the song, which has hit the UK iTunes top 10.
Kyle Gibson of Kyle v Food attempted to eat the entire menu offered by Kentucky Fried Chicken of the UK in under one hour. The total cost of his meal was £80.
The British Eating League has produced a Meat Eating World Championship belt.
"A British competitive eater (Max Stanford) took down 141 of them in five minutes in 2020" is a clue in today's USA Today crossword.

Wigan pie eating contest request coronavirus exemption

Harry’s Bar in Wigan, England has requested a coronavirus exemption from prime minister Boris Johnson for its World Pie Eating Championship.

“We are applying for special dispensation to hold it this year on the grounds that the event should be classified as an elite sport, but also involves consumption of a substantial meal. Well, maybe not on the grounds itself because of the tier thing and we’re shut, but we might see if we can use Wallgate car park.

“”We cannot do this by Zoom because the buggers will all cheat. Also, some think Zoom is a nightclub in Bolton, so they will be confused.

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Today.it has an article in Italian about Molly Schuyler.
GetReading.co.uk has an article about Sid Barber, known as "Chilli Sid", competing in the 2019 pepper eating contest held in Fort Mill, SC that was the focus of an episode of Netflix' "We are the Champions" series. She has uploaded a full video of that competition.
GazetteLive.co.uk reports the George Pub in Stockton-on-Tees, England received a prohibition notice for holding a British Eating League chilli eating contest on November 7. The restaurant was previously told that its event was not in violation of the current UK coronavirus lockdown due to an exemption for "elite sport played behind closed doors".
Teesside Live reports that the Stockton on Tees town council received a complaint about the British Eating League holding a chilli eating contest Saturday during a UK-wide coronavirus lockdown. The league claimed its competition was allowed due to an exemption for elite sports without spectators. The council agreed and will not penalize the organization. update Metro UK, The Daily Mail and Yahoo have articles.
The Lincolnite reports that Kyle Gibson is the first person to finish the Tiger Loaf breakfast sandwich challenge at Munch & Go in Horncastle, Lincolnshire.
The "Hungry Badger" won yesterday's British Eating League Chilli Eating Contest. The event used an exemption for "elite sport played behind closed doors" to bypass the current UK coronavirus lockdown.
Strongman competitor Eddie Hall will take on a variety of big holiday-themed meals for the upcoming series "Eddie Eats Christmas" for the UK channel Dave TV.
The British Eating League is claiming that the upcoming UK coronavirus lockdown will not apply to their schedule (3 contests later this week) due to an exemption for "elite sport played behind closed doors".
Leeds Live has an article about Beard Meats Food titled "Watch as Leeds man take on enormous 10.5oz viking burger challenge". (The article has the correct units of measurement.)
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