United Kingdom eating challenges and contests category

Eddie Du posted a video of a 1962 Chinese food eating contest held in England which required the participants to use chopsticks.
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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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.)
The British Eating League will hold its first eating contest in south England Friday when Bobby Jo's Diner in Southend-on-Sea hosts a chilli dog eating contest awarding £100/£30/£20.
Adam "Beard Meats Food" Moran was the first person to finish the "Heart Attack" breakfast challenge at Harty's Cafe in Lincoln, England.
Kyle Gibson ate a 480g box of Coco Pops and 2 liters of milk in 6:15 to take the first prize of £100 in Saturday's British Eating League contest.
The British Eating League has announced it plans to start awards for competitive eating. The categories are: top UK male / female, top world male / female, best eating couple and best Youtube eater.
Max Stanford edged Kyle Gibson by one chicken nugget to win the first prize of £1000 in yesterday's British Eating League chicken nugget championship.
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