A fearless spicy food lover with a monster appetite has become the first person to successfully conquer the world’s hottest 10,000 calorie burger challenge.
Rob Radcliffe, 36, from Peterborough, spent 29 minutes 36 seconds devouring the 18 inch tall burger, topped with the world’s hottest chillies.
After polishing it off he then ate 1lb of chips, again topped with red hot chilli con carne and the Carolina reaper, the world’s hottest chilli pepper.
Rob said: “It wasn’t easy, put it that way. I like to think I’ve got a big appetite but this was something else.
“I think my stomach stretched to twice its normal size to accommodate all the food.
“And the chillies burnt my lips, Just sniffing them made your eyes water. I normally love hot food but this wasn’t pleasant.
“My mouth went numb after about five minutes but I just kept powering through and somehow managed to finish it.
“When I swallowed the final bite I felt euphoric and very sick at the same time.”
The Rocker’s steakhouse challenge burger contains four seeded buns, two 12oz beef patties, two chicken burgers and a beanie patty all smothered in four kinds of cheese and topped with salad.
As well as the burger, challengers have to eat a pound of chips topped with chilli cheese, a side of coleslaw and a bottomless soft drink.
The feast comes with a charge of £34.95 - but it’s free if completed within a 30 minute time limit.
To celebrate the opening of their new restaurant in Cambridge Leisure Park the restaurant decided to add a little spice to the challenge.
Rob, co-owner of Cambridge-based Tom Removals, had to sign a waiver saying he took it on at his own risk before starting the challenge.
This is because the super hot chillies have caused people to have temporary digestive problems and even be sick in the past.
Thankfully apart from his numb mouth and tummy ache Rob waddled off from the challenge unharmed.
But he revealed the moment he saw the burger his stomach literally sank.
The former bar manager said: “Beforehand I thought ‘how hard can it be’. But when they brought it in it finally dawned on me how difficult it was going to be.
“But then I thought ‘what have I got to loose?’ I gave it my best shot and just attacked the second they set the 30 minute timer off.
“I ate the chillies first to get them out the way which probably wasn’t the best idea because my mouth was then completely numb.
“Then I ate the burger, buns, salad and finally the chilli chips. I wasn’t a pleasant experience but I’ve got a strange sort of satisfaction knowing that I’m the first person to do it.
“I’m hoping it lays down the gauntlet to others to follow in my footsteps. Just beware that it’s not as easy as you might think.”
The challenge was created by restaurant owners Kuong Chu and George Bhangoo, who were inspired by US cult cooking show Man V. Food.
For more and to book a challenge visit http://www.steak-house-cambridge.co.uk/ultimate-rockers-challenge/