Best Food Challenges in London
With an abundance of restaurants, each competing to offer London the best culinary experience, it was only a matter of time before the city's eateries began challenging their customers to take on a number of culinary adventures. In recent years, the popularity of food challenges have grown massive. Maybe it's because people see them as a quick route to glory, or maybe it's because people find it hilarious to see their mates slumped over a table in a deep, food-induced coma. Either way, some of London's best restaurants have started to offer copius amounts of delicious food for their more enthusiastic visitor. If you fancy yourself as a bit of a spice maverick or have one of those magical never-filling stomachs, we've got the answer. Here's a list of the ten best food challenges in London, all offering a place in the Elysium Fields of culinary history.
For the celebration of all the best things we've adopted from our American cousins across the Atlantic, flex your digestive muscles at one of Blues Kitchen's famous hotdog eating contests. Contestants will have to eat as many hotdogs as they can in the thirty minute time period if they want to be elevated to new culinary heights. The winner of this illustrious Kentucky Derby will win a free meal for two at Blues Kitchen, along with the bragging rights that come with beating twenty other contestants.
The Gillray's Steak House challenge really knows how to separate the boys from the men. The thirty-five day aged Bull's Head Steak will undoubtedly leave its mark on even the most seasoned professional. Weighing one whole kilogram, challengers will have to cut their way through this mammoth slab of meat on the road to culinary glory. The hardest aspects of this particular challenge is of course the copious amounts of meat that you'll have to chew through; not one for those with weak gums.
One of the toughest challenges in the city, the Double Knuckle Challenge is definitely not one for the light-hearted. Created by the chefs at the Fulham's Octoberfest Pub, this gigantic feast includes two pork knuckles presented on a bed of chips and served alongside a large bowl of traditional potato salad and a side order of sauerkraut. With only 45 minutes to ingest this mountain of food, and with only the help of a tall stein full of Löwenbräu beer, speed is crucial for this one. The current records sits uncomfortably at just below the twenty minute mark. Think you can do better?
Don't be fooled by how the Beast Burger looks. Yes, entire thing only weighs 32oz, but the real challenge is finishing it all in under twelve minutes. The burger itself is made up of a succulent beef patty, a meaty chicken fillet and a pile of mouth-watering pulled pork, all topped with melted cheese. With an additional 16oz of chunky chips, that's a lot of chewing to do in less that twelve minutes. Created by the talented culinary artists at the Clapham North restaurant, winners of this challenge will win a commemorative t-shirt, have their picture placed on the wall of fame and be showered in the glory that comes with ingesting delicious food in such a short period of time.
Be warned, this particular London burger challenge has bite. You have one hour to chew your way through three Grizzly Burgers and double portion of perfectly salted, hand-cut fries. Don't underestimate the Grizzly Bear Challenge at Stamford Street's favourite pub, the Thirsty Bear. Each grizzly burger is made with 1.5 pounds of barbecued sirloin fillet and topped off with a handful of slow-cooked pulled pork. As your only weapon against this beast of a burger challenge, you'll be given two pints of Meantime London Pale Ale to wash it all down.
Arguably the bravest culinary adventure you can take is the Naga Viper Hot Wing Challenge at Red Dog Saloon. Nestle way in Hoxton Square, this American barbecue joint packs a punch with its mouth-watering, albeit daunting menu and irresistible cocktail selection. To produce their stomach-burning hot wings, Red Dog's chefs use a marinade composed of Naga Viper peppers, a hybrid chilli that's 1,300 times spicy than the average Jalapeño. You've been warned, approach London's hottest chicken wing challenge with extreme caution.
Three delicious dishes, all covered in jalapeño and ready to burn their way through your vital organs; sounds like the Triple Chilli Challenge at Meatliquor. You've got ten minutes to complete this heart-clogging challenge. Alongside an exquisite, jalapeño covered burger, you'll have to wrestle a chilli dog and a portion of their delicious fries slathered with chilli con corne, melted cheese and a daunting helping of even more jalapeños. There's no time to rest; just sit down, start chewing, close your eyes and think of England!
Most of the time, a plate full of all your favourite barbecue dishes would go down a treat. But not at Frankie's Sports Bar and Diner. To really put their guests through the paces, the Barbecue Challenge forces its contenders to consume a pulled pork sandwich, a barbecue burger slathered with melted cheese and bursting full of bacon, a portion of jalapeño covered cheesy fries, half a rack of succulent ribs, a port of chicken wings, some onion rings and a whole pot of cool coleslaw within forty-five minutes! There's no time to breathe with this one!
London's rib challenges has never been so delicious. Covered in smokey, barbecue sauce and weighing in at 1.5kg, Porky's Man vs Ribs challenge is definitely achievable. Alongside a kilo of succulent ribs, you'll have to consume 400 grams of crispy french fries if you want your mugshot posted up on their infamous Wall of Fame. Challengers who successfully tackle this challenge also get a shirt and a free meal for two the next time you visit.