"It is possible to die from eating. But I think to be professional means you don't die." (Takeru Kobayashi)

Thursday, May 01, 2008


NUGGETS - Group eating

As most of you know, eating contests are a regular occurance here at the advertising agency where I work. Pizza, fastnachts, chicken nuggets, chinese food, giant burgers, tacos, even partially formed chicken fetuses (never again).

To take our inter-office competitions to the next level, we've created "The Summer of Gluttony" -- a monthly series of five eating throwdowns. Here’s how it will work: Eaters will earn points based on their finish in each contest (10 points for a first place finish, 7 for second, 5 for third, 3 for fourth, 1 for fifth and below). Each eater's lowest contest score will be discarded, which means you can miss a contest if you have to. The eater with the most points at the end of “The Summer of Gluttony” will be named the champion.

Below is the schedule. All dates are a Friday, all times 5:15 pm, all locations are conference room. And yes, there will be a trophy.

MAY 9 – Cereal (16 oz. of cereal (eater's choice) plus one quart of milk)
JUNE 6 – “6 Pack Challenge” (6 McDonald’s double cheeseburgers and 6 12-ounce beers of the eater’s choice)
JULY 11 – Cake (size and type TBD)
AUGUST 8 – Neato Burrito (2 burritos from our local giant burrito place)
SEPT 5 – End of Summer Barbeque (potato salad, baked beans, hot dogs, deviled eggs, apple pie, etc)

The cereal contest is coming up next Friday. The good news is, one of our biggest fans, Mary, has agreed to participate and has all but guaranteed victory. I still need to decide which cereal I'll be devouring. I'm thinking it's going to be something with flakes. Frosted Flakes maybe. Or maybe Raisin Bran. I'll probably do a half-box/one quart run through this weekend, just to see what I'm up against.


Blogger Carey said...

How long are you going to allow the cereal to sit with the milk in it before eating? I recommend cheerios® they go down the easiest. Just drink the whole thing.

2:30 PM

Blogger Mega Munch said...

We'll probably allow eaters to combine the cereal and milk immediately before the contest starts (one minute before), but not too long before. Gotta start with a little bit of crunch before cruising through the soggy parts.

2:49 PM

Anonymous Brooke said...

I think you should use Rice Krispies. A lot of the 'flake' cereal has a lot of fiber in it, which will fill you up faster.

11:16 AM

Blogger Mega Munch said...

Good point, Brooke. I'm wary of the "puffed" cereals though because they seem lighter and less dense (a pound of Krispies would require a larger bowl). Then again, this difference could be relatively insignificant compared to your observation about fiber.

12:53 PM

Blogger Wild Bill said...

Life or frosted shredded wheat - either will break down fairly quickly, and they're dense to begin with, which equals less volume. And both suck up milk like nothing else.

4:46 PM

Blogger Mega Munch said...

I was leaning toward Life. In fact, I'm doing a training run with it tonight!

4:48 PM

Blogger Carey said...

I didn't realize it was a weight amount of cereal. The shredded wheat idea is good, what does 16 ounces of that look like next to 16 ounces of raisen bran?

5:55 PM

Anonymous Brooke said...

Yeah, I didn't realize it was weight either. I still stand by my 'flake' comment, but I think Life is a great suggestion.

12:55 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fiber won't fill you up any faster. That comment doesn't make any sense.

Go with Raisin Bran. It gets softer faster than any other cereal. You won't have to chew it.

2:04 PM

Blogger Mega Munch said...

I did a pound of Life on Friday night (one 15 ounce box plus an ounce from another box). It went down pretty easily. This is going to be the quickest office eating contest yet.

5:10 PM

Blogger Liz said...

I love cereal. I guess you can't do a hot cereal like Cream of Wheat or anything...then you could just drink it!

10:58 PM

Blogger Carey said...

I believe the fiber comment comes from the fact that high fiber foods take longer to go through your system, so you don't get hungry again for a longer period. But that doesn't mean it fills you up quicker or has any effect on hunger different than any other food either.

9:27 AM


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