|In all its glory - The Hart Breaker Challenge|
Inspired by the popular TV show Man V Food, Hitchin pub the Red Hart has a new dish on the menu that is sure to leave most quaking in their boots.
Introducing the ‘Hart Breaker Challenge’ – a 35oz cheese and bacon burger, with a more-than-helpful 1kg of chips on the side – all to be consumed within one hour.
There are five meaty pattys, four rashers of bacon, four large slices of cheese, a toasted bun loaded with salad, tomato, red onion and mayonnaise.
Then there’s the monstrous mound of chips. Seem simple? Think again.
Three journalists took on the challenge under the watchful eye of manager Phil Venables, the referee for this contest.
Two fell by the wayside, hunched over in pain and exasperation.
One man defeated all the odds, and not only demolished the 8760-calorie dish, but also set a new record in 58 minutes 4 seconds.
Step forward Mr Gary Caffell – who was proud to receive his ‘I beat the Hart Breaker T-Shirt, as well as a place on the wall of fame.
|I was confident as I eyed it up....|
Unfortunately his wingmen, Liam Osborne and myself, spent the last 10 minutes or so urging our colleague on as our throats appeared to have closed up completely after hitting the ‘meat wall.’
The burger has become the behemoth of Hitchin – 17 people have now taken on the meat monster, with only two competitors completing the challenge.
|Unfortunately, for me, it was a constant struggle!|
|The triumphant Gary Caffell|
It’s little wonder, though, the beef usually wins – the burger challenge, which costs £14.99, consists of just under 5lbs of food – the weight of a small baby.
It is also over THREE times the daily recommended calorie intake for a fully grown man – on just one plate!
So if you think you are can rank alongside Man V Food star Adam Richman, and be Hertfordshire’s premier eater, get yourself down to the Red Hart in Hitchin!
|Some may say feeble, I would say a gallant effort!|
The Hart Breaker is not available after 8pm on weekdays, not after 7pm on weekends or between 12pm-3pm on Fridays.
Groups of three or more must pre-book with the pub on 01462 434249.
To see more photos of attempts and other news and offers see the Red Hart’s Facebook page – www.facebook.com/redharthitchin
What the challenge consists of
5 x 7oz beef burgers
4 x large rashers of bacon
4 x large slices of cheese
1 toasted bun
Salad, tomato, red onion, mayonnaise
1kg of chips
You accept all and any risk in taking the challenge. It’s a lot of food so if you have a pre-existing medical condition that may be exasperated by consuming large quantities of food in a short space of time, you are not advised to try the challenge.
The Hart Breaker Burger is a high calorie and high fat food item – it is not healthy! It should only be undertaken occasionally.
The management and staff are the challenge referees and their decision on all matters in final.