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Jul 12, 2010 04:13 PM

MAN v. FOOD fans ... Toughest challenge for you?

For the fans of Man v. Food, what would be the toughest challenge for you to conquer?

While I haven't seen all the episodes, I think the toughest challenge for me personally would be the 180 oysters in an hour (New Orleans). Can't do that many oysters. Just too slimy for me to hold down.


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  1. All those mass quantity challenges would be tough. My bellyaches just looking at those pounds of foods, especially the giant burgers plus sides.

    The spicy food challenges seem more do-able. I can handle spicy foods and the food quantities are more reasonable.

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    1. re: dave_c

      Yeah, spicy would be the easiest for me.

      Large quantities of beef (or meat) would probably be the second easiest.

      Harder for me would be those gargantuan burgers, sandwiches, fries, etc.

      But I just can't imagine choking down 180 raw oysters in one sitting. Don't get me wrong, I love me some good oysters, but my limit is at about a dozen, max.

      1. re: ipsedixit

        180 oysters is a unimaginable to me. Also, it would take me a long time, I'm the type that chew raw oysters while others slurp and gulp.

    2. The 6-pound burrito in Las Vegas would be pretty hard. Still, I'd have to say the spicy wings. Getting full is one thing, but having your mouth on fire for hours post-consumption would be painful.

      1. From all the episodes I've seen it would come down to the ice cream sink challenge at SF creamery or that milkshake challenge. WAY too much sugar/carbs with too little protein/solid food for me to succeed.

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        1. re: gmk1322

          I'm with you gmk, I'm done after one scoop of ice cream.
          Maybe just a half a scoop.

          1. re: gmk1322

            I definitely agree. If I remember correctly he didn't make it through those challenges. The oysters is more a matter of slurping and speed, so your body doesn't tell your mind how awful it feels. I haven't seen the show in a while, but some of them are just plain silly. I remember the burrito one where Joey Chestnut ate it in 3 minutes. I'm not sure if that was the 6-lb burrito, but it was huge.

            1. re: jhopp217

              It was the burrito-zilla in San Jose, CA near the CSUSJ campus. I don't remember the exact dimensions (I'm pretty sure it was at least 5 lbs.) but he wolfed that thing down.

              I wonder if you have a massive hangover (like an alcohol hangover) after those sugar-laden ice cream challenges. It seems like it would be the same effect since the alcohol is metabolically converted to sugars for breakdown. I am not planning to ever eat that much ice cream so I'll never know.

          2. Most of the mass quantity ones would be difficult for me. The only one that would be absolutely impossible was in Texas or Nebraska - somewhere in that area - where he ate a ton of meat, like a tray full. There was one where he ate something like a 5 pound grilled cheese and then a bunch of fries...I'm pretty sure I could do that one.

            1. I'm not a dainty eater by any means, but watching that show just makes me want to ralph! 15 shakes? Geez Louise, why? What kind of accomplishment is that? He seems totally likeable, but I've never "gotten' competitive eating.

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              1. re: Parrotgal

                Haha...if I'm thinking of the same episode he DID ralph :)