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University study on occasional oversize meals

A study by the University of Bath reports that occasional oversized meals do not have an immediate negative health impact on healthy males between the ages of 22 and 37.

Those who volunteered for the trial consumed almost twice as much pizza when pushing beyond their usual limits, doubling their calorie intake.

But the study found the amount of nutrients in their bloodstream kept within normal range.

Researchers say this shows that if an otherwise healthy person overindulges occasionally there are no immediate negative consequences in terms of losing metabolic control.


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.
Mission Burrito has an interview with Lee vs. Food about his inability to complete its new El Criminal Burrito Challenge, his first defeat in 9 Bristol, England area food challenge attempts. He has a facebook page at to document his competitive eating experiences.
Czech Radim Dvořáček was the first person to finish the 96 ounce steak challenge which includes five side dishes at The Ashville in Bristol, England yesterday.
The Clifton Chili Club youtube page has a video of Kate Ovens taking on Jay in the "Double Dares You" burger and cheesecake challenge at the Bristol Marriott City Centre Hotel'
I am not sure why the Monster Mega Breakfast challenge offered by the Corner Cafe in Portishead, England consisting of 59 conventional breakfast items is particularly newsworthy, but it has is the subject of over 10 recent news articles.
Frank's Red Hot will sponsor a wing eating circuit in England this year. The first qualifiers will take place at Grillstock in Bristol on May 11 and 12 and the finals will be held in London in November.

Digesting England by the pound / eatfeats region

Citizens of Hope & Glory,
Time goes by – it’s “the time of your life”.
Easy now, sit you down.
Chewing through your Wimpey[*] dreams,
They eat without a sound;
Digesting england by the pound.

Young man says “you are what you eat” – eat well.
Old man says “you are what you wear” – wear well.
You know what you are, you don’t give a damn;
Bursting your belt that is your homemade sham.

Genesis, “Dancing with the Moonlit Knight” (1973) (That is Phil Collins on drums)

The English eating challenges (currently totaling 309) and contests in the database have been parceled out into 34 regions which are listed after the jump (all-England list of eating challenges and contests)
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The BBC reports that Lee Palmer and Michael Doggrell ate 19 mince pies in 10 minutes to tie for the lead in today's mince pie eating contest at Wookey Hole caves in England, less than half of the 46 pies Sonya Thomas ate to win the 2006 contest. (Daily Mail article)

Link Buffet: November 23, 2008

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2008 Wookey Hole mince pie winner misses record by 5

The Telegraph reports
that Denzil Gunner, a 30 year old solicitor from London, won a prize of £1,000 at today’s mince pie eating contest at Wookey Hole Caves in England. Gunner’s mark of 41 pies in 10 minutes missed the record Sonya Thomas set in 2006 by five pies.

It is not mentioned in the article if the pies used this year were the same size as the pies used two years ago. The pictures above from the Telegraph’s gallery show that the pies used in 2006 might have been larger.

The BBC also has an article.

update Times Online article, ITN video

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2008 Wookey Hole Big Eat Nov 18

Wookey Hole Caves in England will hold its annual mince pie eating contest on November 18. The winner will receive £1000 and the chance to compete an eating contest in the United States this winter. (It does not say if travel will be provided.)

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2007 Wookey Hole mince pie video

A news video about this year’s mince pie eating contest at Wookey Hole in England is available on youtube. Sonya Thomas’ victory in the 2006 contest makes a brief appearance. The clip contains what is probably the first documented use of a chain saw by a pirate in an eating contest.

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Wookey Hole Mince Pie results,uk reports that Clive Pearson won a prize of 1000 pounds at the Big Eat contest at Wookey Hole in England by eating 26 mince pies. Pearson’s total is slightly more than half of the 46 Sonya Thomas ate at last year’s contest. Emma Woods Photos has some pictures and a blog entry.


The Sun mince pie contest writeup

The British tabloid, The Sun, has a contest writeup of last month’s mince pie contest won by Sonya Thomas at Wookey Hole Caves. The author competed and finished with 9 pies.

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BBC blog on mince pie coverage

(Thanks Berenice Baker) The BBC blog has an entry about whether they should have covered last month’s mince pie eating contest. The entry currently has 19 comments one of which reads:

By covering it, you endorse it? Rubbish. All this worrying and fussing is silly. I have a very hard time indeed believing that, after seeing the piece, any child would think “I know! I’ll try shoving several packs of mince pies in my mouth, too!” Kids aren’t going to get fat because of coverage of mince pie eating competitions. It’s the equivalent of suggesting that, after watching a football match, a fat child will suddenly be inspired to lose all their excess weight and go and play football. If that was the case, all we’d have to do is shove fat children in front of “Sky Sports” and the problem would be solved.

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UK mince pie video & first person report

Reuters has a video of the mince pie contest in England last week.

Red Orbit has a first person account by a participant in the contest

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Mince Pie contest youtube video

A brief video clip of the mince pie eating contest at Wookey Hole Caves won by Sonya Thomas is available on youtube at

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Sonya Thomas triples 2nd place in UK mince pies

from Wookey Hole Caves Big Eat web page

Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas 46 mince pies £1000
Shane Bridle – Sign Maker, Somerset 15 £500
Gary Harrison – Chef, Wells 13 £250
Simon Davies – Wells Town Mayor 10
Roberto Mendez – Brazil 10
Terry Harrison – Chef, Wells 9
Nick Francis – The Sun, London 9
“Fat Kenny” – Circus Director, Devon 8
Paris Troy – GWR Radio, Bristol 7.5
Jayne Fryer – The Daily Mail, London 7
Andy Bush – DJ, Bristol 7
Mattie Andrew – Chef, Wellls 6
A D Tree Pirate – Pirate, Somerset 6
Ellie West – Wildlife Worker, Somerset 5
Lisa Knights – South West Tonight 1

The results apparently get 3rd place wrong

updated has a picture and brief article

updated #2
Independent article
Daily Mail article

updated #3
BBC article

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Sonya Thomas UK interview

Channel 4 has a video clip of an on site interview Sonya Thomas did to promote Wednesday’s mince pie eating contest at Wookey Hole Caves.

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UK mince pie contest web page

(from The web page for the mince pie eating contest to be held at Wookey Hole Caves can be found at Sonya Thomas is definitely an expected entrant.


Guardian: Sonya Thomas to do UK mince pie contest Nov 29

The Guardian reports that a mince pie eating contest sanctioned by the IFOCE will be held at Wookey Hole Caves in Somerset on November 29. Sonya Thomas is expected to compete for the £1,000 ($1890) first prize.

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