If you’re one of those annoyingly competitive people who are hungry not just for food but also victory, then you need to try out some of London’s top food challenges. From two-foot sausage rolls to fry ups that are so big they could be served on a dustbin lid, these challenges will give you a proper taste of what it takes to live the Man v. Food lifestyle.
The Mac Attack
Dirty Bones, the Kensington-based American restaurant and cocktail bar, has recently launched the Mac Attack, a feast fit for well…someone who can eat alot– three premium beef patties, BBQ pulled port, lettuce, juicy tomatoes and mac & cheese in two brioche buns on a bed of Dirty Bones fries. In order to be victorious in this challenge, competitors must consume all of this in ten minutes WITHOUT any liquids, it’s like the three crackers in a minute challenge on a super scale! Winners get the meal for free, along with a Dirty Bones cap and your mug shot immortalised on their Instagram Mac Attack Hall of Fame. If you fail, you’re charged for the meal and all you get for free is a high five. Hard cheese.
Where: 20 Kensington Church Street, London, W8 4EP, United Kingdom
Nearest station: High Street Kensington (0.2 miles)
Man vs. Fish Challenge
If you’re a fan of delicious fish and chips and equally delicious puns, set sail to the Notting Gill Chippy at Kensington Palace. Contenders will have to polish off two portions of fish and chips (one traditional with mushy peas and tartare sauce and the other curried with lentil Dahl and mango chutney), one fish finger sandwich, one lobster thermi-bun, one bitter and twisted scampi, a selection of baby pickles and a poppy seed and rye roll with seaweed. Winners get the meal for free, losers have to foot the fifty quid bill. Bon appetite.
Where: 201-209 Kensington Church Street, Notting Hill Gate, London, W8 7LX, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Notting Hill Gate (0.1 miles)
One of the capital’s most popular food challenges
London’s favourite burger joint is famous not just for its succulent meat dishes and maple bourbon shakes (try them – they’re amazing!), but also its epic Triple Chilli Challenge. This competition truly separates the gods from the mortals. Entrants must gobble down a jalapeno-topped burger, a chilli dog and a plate of chilli fries in LESS THAN ten minutes. If you survive this ordeal, you’ll get to skip the queue for life.
London’s largest hangover cure
Let’s face it, you simply can’t go wrong with a classic English fry-up. However, at Wonder Café, their fry-up challenge will leave your belt buckle straining to contain your stomach. Competitors must finish four fried slices, four slices of toast, four eggs, six sausages, six rashers bacon, six hash browns, four black puddings, tomatoes, beans and a single mushroom. No one has yet finished this challenge so, if you’re successful, you’ll be the first person in history to eat a dustbin-lid sized portion of grease. Definitely an accolade worth adding to your CV!
One for the lads
Tasty sausage encased in crunchy pastry, the sausage roll is the ultimate afternoon snack unless, of course, you order one at the County Arms pub in Wandsworth. Measuring two feet in length, this beast must be eaten in five minutes or less. Winners get a t-shirt and unlimited lad points. Losers get diddly squat.
Ludicrous, that’s what it is!
This challenge is so deadly that you have to sign a waiver beforehand that you won’t sue the Red Dog Saloon into bankruptcy if something goes horribly wrong. Entrants must eat six chicken wings coated in Naga Viper chilli sauce which is so hot that you have to wear latex gloves to prevent it from scolding your fingers. Those mad enough to take part must consume all six wings within ten minutes without taking a sip of water. (If you cave and take a glug, you have to last a five minute ‘burn off’ once you’ve finished the challenge.) Like all good challenges, you’ll be rewarded with a t-shirt and a picture on their wall of fame.
The hottest curry in the world
Unless you think a vindaloo is mild, don’t even bother trying this challenge. Bengal Village’s Phaal Curry is made from a number of different chillies (including a mysterious ghost chilly!) and is described by the restaurant as the hottest curry in the world. FYI – you’ll probably want several gallons of milk on hand to douse the fire in your belly when you’re finished.