Amarillo / North Texas eating challenges and contests category

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Joel Hansen recently completed the 72 ounce steak challenge at The Big Texan in Amarillo, TX in 12:24, which is believed to be a Canadian record. Raina Huang also attempted the challenge and finished in 24:41. (video)
The Big Texan in Amarillo, TX has resumed its 72 ounce steak challenge (outside) with Elder Michael Johnson finishing the meal in 29:20.
Baltimore Ravens center Bradley Bozeman completed the Big Texan 72 ounce steak in about 50 minutes, which I think makes him the second active NFL player to have completed the Amarillo, TX challenge after Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. The stop was part of a 6 week cross-country tour to promote anti-bullying efforts.
Michelle "Cardboard Shell" Lesco completed the 72 ounce steak meal at the Big Texan in Amarillo, TX in 21:13, which I think is the fastest time for a female excluding Molly Schuyler's results.
Geoff Esper completed the Big Texan 72 ounce steak challenge in 5:08, surpassing Joey Chestnut (8:52) for the fastest non Molly Schuyler time for the meal.
Miki Sudo ate two 72 ounce steaks in 63 minutes at the Big Texan last night, making her the second female (after Molly Schuyler) to complete multiple challenges at the iconic Amarillo, TX steakhouse. update The official times were 26:40 and 34:30. I think 26:40 is the female non-Molly Schuyler record for the challenge.
Erik "The Electric" Lamkin attempted the 72 ounce steak challlenge at The Big Texan in Amarillo, TX in an episode of The List Show about restaurant challenges.
A 2 day old Daily Mail Facebook video about Molly Schuyler eating two 72 ounce steak challenges at the Big Texan in Amarillo, TX in under 15 minutes has surpassed a million views. (The name or date is not given).
City Journal has an account of the Amarillo Opera's meal at the Big Texan where a Croatian tenor attempted the 72 ounce steak challenge.

Amarillo high school tortilla eating contest results in school board meeting reports that a tortilla eating contest held at a Amarillo High School pep rally has resulted in a meeting of the Amarillo Independent School District Board of Trustees:

Last week, there was a “fiesta-themed” pep rally at Amarillo High School prior to its football game against Caprock High School, a school with a predominantly Hispanic student body. The rally caused a stir on social media.

At the pep rally there was a tortilla-eating contest, and later that night things escalated on social media, where initial claims were made that students were throwing tortillas at the pep rally as well as at the football game.

It was later determined that no tortillas were actually thrown.

Comments (2) has a report on the Big Texan's plans to move to a new location in east Amarillo and then build a Branson, MO style "entertainment village" around the new site.
The Big Texan facebook has a video of Molly Schuyler recorded yesterday. She expects to return in May or June for a third faceoff against the 72 ounce steak and hopes to face "Furious" Pete Czerwinksi or "LA Beast".
Teams will compete in a steak eating contest at The Big Texan in Amarillo, TX in tonight's episode of The Great Food Truck Race at 9 pm on the Food Network.

Molly Schuyler eats 3 Big Texan 72 oz. steaks in 20 minutes

update April 20

The times for all three challenges were 4:18, 7:29 and 8:13. All three times broke Joey Chestnut’s previous record of 8:52. Her times from 2014 (4:58 & 9:59) giver her 5 of the 7 sub 10-minute finishes. Former MLB pitcher Frank Pastore (RIP) has the other (9:30 from 1987)

This morning, Molly ate a 9.5 burrito on Kiss FM to giver her a total of over 22 pounds of food consumed in 15 hour (before | after | video )

Rich and Carlene LeFevre did not compete against Molly despite being mentioned as a competing team. has an article, gallery and video

More local coverage: MyHighPlains | | News Channel 10

National Coverage: People | Huffington Post | E! Online | Perez Hilton | USA Today | AOL | Time | Washington Post |

The third challenge is now finished with a time of about 20 minutes

Molly has finished the second challenge at 11:47

Molly’s official time for the first steak is 4:18, a new record.

Molly Schuylers’s attempt at 3 (or more) 72 ounce steak challenges at the Big Texan in Amarillo, TX is about to start and can be viewed at ama big-texan molly-schuyler

Comments (7) has a preview of Molly Schuyler attempting three (possibly four) 72 ounce steak meals at the Big Texan on Sunday. The event will be live-streamed at 3pm central time. is accepting reservations for spectators who want to watch Molly Schuyler attempt 3 72 ounce steak challenges on April 19 in Amarillo, TX. Sponsors can also reserve tables for sums of $500-$2500. reports Molly Schuyler will attempt to eat 3 72 ounce steak challenge meals at the Big Texan in Amarillo, TX on April 19. She will face four teams of two, one of which will be Rich and Carlene LeFevre. Molly ate 2 72 ounce steaks in under 15 minutes in May 2014. update and a press release have more info. Molly will win $5000 if she finishes all three in under an hour. reports that at least 10 Chinese tourists will attempt the 72 ounce steak at the Big Texan tomorrow live on a reality show. update July 25 reports none of the group finished the challenge.
Several cast members of Sister Wives, A TLC reality show about a polygamous family, will attempt the 72 ounce steak at the Big Texan in Amarillo, TX on tonight's new episode (9pm Eastern). (video preview)
The Department of Labor fined the Big Texan $800,000 for illegally retaining a portion of workers' tips to pay for business expenses including contest prizes.

Molly Schuyler breaks Big Texan 72 ounce steak record

update May 29 More Links: CNN | Huffington Post | Gawker | Jezebel

Molly is now on the home page forum thread with over 2000 comments, request for Ask Me Anything interview session.

update May 27 Molly Schuyler has a video and facebook gallery

Fox Sports, the Daily Mail and NBC Dallas Fort Worth have articles

The Big Texan reports that Molly Schuyler finished the 72 ounce steak challenge meal in 4:58, almost half the time of Joey Chestnut’s previous record. After finishing her first challenge meal,  she ate another challenge in 9:59. This makes the new all time wall of fame top 4 ( article)

  1. Molly Schuyler 4:58 2014
  2. Joey Chestnut 8:52 2008
  3. Frank Pastore 9:30 (Cincinnati Reds pitcher) 1987
  4. Molly Schulyer 9:59 2014 (attempt #2)

Molly Schuyler is the 3rd person to finish two 72 Big Texan steaks in one session. Pro wrestler Klondike Bill ate two in 1966 and Rich LeFevre consumed 144 ounces of steak on the Donnie and Marie Osmond show in 2000.

I think Carlene LeFevre had the previous women’s Big Texan record at 30 minutes, 6 times longer than Molly Schuyler’s duration. As far as I know, no women have done the challenge in 10:00  – 29:59.

update May 27 Here is the updated list for fastest female finishing times for 72+ ounce steaks. Molly Schuyler has at least five attempts under 10 minutes. I am not aware of any other women finishing in under 20 minutes.

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Last night, former NFL lineman Kyle Turley announced he would attempt the 72 ounce steak challenge at the Big Texan in Amarillo. He actually ordered a 24 ounce steak, citing too many rules as his reason for declining the challenge.
The Big Texan 72 ounce steak finishers list has been updated to include a time of 14:45 by Daniel Carpenter of Langwarrin, Australia earlier this month.
KAMR produced a video segment about the history of the Big Texan's steak challenge. Over 100,000 attempts have been made at the 72 ounce steak since the Amarillo, TX restaurant opened.
While usually one or two women finish the 72 ounce steak challenge at the Big Texan in Amarillo, TX, each year that was not the case in 2012. According to the finishers list, the most recent woman who finished the steak without assistance appears to be Mirit Ohana of Hollywood, FL in October 2011. (Jordan Lloyd is listed even though she ate the steak with Jeff Schroeder for a reality TV program.)
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