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Meet Joe Park

By editorial assistant Sandi Toxic

Posted November 01, 2012
Joe Park likes his doughnuts
Healthy appetite: Joe likes his doughnuts. © Joe Park

If, like us, you enjoy watching YouTube challenges, you'd do well to check out a chap called Joe Park if you haven't done so already.


A 23-year psychology graduate from Iowa, Joe Park currently lives just outside Seattle, where until very recently he studied at the University of Washington.

"I have been doing challenges that I made up for a couple years now," he exclusively tells the Rake & Herald via email.

"I got into them because people were always commenting on how much I was able to eat."

And judging from the vids we've watched, they weren't lying.

So how about entering some eating contests?

"I would love to compete in an eating contest," he says.

"I have done a couple eating challenges that are around here in Seattle."

"However, I haven't done a formal eating competition against others yet."

"I am just getting into the YouTube world."

"I will be doing a lot more eating challenge videos and also I've started something called ICUs, which is an acronym for I Challenge U."

These, he explains, are eating challenges that he comes up with himself in the hope of "people attempting [them themselves] and responding with videos".


FURIOUS, FOOTBALL AND FOOD
In addition to gulletising vast quantities of food against the clock, Joe also helps out at his local church and is a keen sportsman with a particularly liking for American football.

Like his favourite gurgitator 'Furious' Pete Czerwinski, Joe also works out and as such will also "be doing weekly workout/fitness videos".

But what about the food?

Any particularly favourites to eat competitively?

"I honestly love all foods," he reports, adding that there are "very few things I don't enjoy eating".

"I have done the Behemoth Burger at The Ram Restaurant & Brewery," Joe continues, explaining that this little snack "is basically 6 lbs (2.7 kg) of food" in the form of a burger and fries.

But that's not all.

He's also demolished a 6 lb pho challenge at a local restaurant in a record-setting 36 minutes; eaten 80 McDonald's chicken nuggets in an hour; and necked eight Big Macs in 30 minutes.

Oh, and he's also quite partial to doughnuts.





And chocolate milk.





What's more, he can also teach Jane Asher a thing or two when it comes to cake decorating.

Not to mention how to shove 'em down his craw like a true champion.





Happy belated birthday wishes, Joe.

All power to your chompers and all the best for the year ahead!


To watch more of Joe's eating vids, including the aforementioned 6 lb pho challenge, check out Joe's YouTube channel here. Meanwhile, to follow him on Twitter, have a click of this.


WARNING! Competitive eating can be dangerous. As well as choking hazards there is also the possibility of poisoning yourself, something that could lead to hospitalisation, permanent health damage and even death. Don't believe us? Read this. Consequently, the Rake & Herald does not recommend you try emulating the above video(s) yourself. We are NOT joking. You have been warned.




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