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Monster mealtimes revisited

By competitive eating editor Naader 'Freak8r' Reda

Posted July 17, 2013
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Blast from the past: Freak8r recalls some of the morsels he's snacked on. © Naader Reda

Like a good wine, some things improve with age. Naader 'Freak8r' Reda takes a trip down gurgitatory memory lane.

Most recently, I've chosen to bring a couple of old eating challenge videos back from the dead.

Don’t let the short hair fool you, these gems were filmed over a year ago.

No scissors were harmed in the presentations you're about to witness.

The first video documents my attempt at eating a massive 10 lb (4.5 kg), 28" (71.1 cm) pizza at a small restaurant in the Los Angeles area.

It was delicious, but it also wasn't very saucy – a feature I prefer in my pizza fare.

There was extra motivation, given the $200 (£132) bounty that remained uncollected at that moment.

It was one of the most intense pizza dinners I'd ever lived through.

The shirt, sadly, did not survive.

The second video comes from a city a little less near Los Angeles.

Surfer Joe’s is a small restaurant with a huge heart.

In this case, the owner opted to create a huge meal to see if I could stuff it in my stomach.

The resulting platter of 40 sandwiches – which closely resembled gyros or shawarma – was the stuff of nightmares.

I have no idea what I was thinking, but the never-say-quit attitude pushed me ever onward.

What comes next for the man from Wreckless Eating?

There's ice cream and corn dog eating contest this weekend in California.

If I'm not feeling lazy and my hunger beckons, I’ll attend and give a sterling report.

Eat well and prosper.

Or something like that, as long as we don't get sued.

The above vids were both embedded from Freak8r's food-fighting-tastic YouTube channel. Give it a gander right this minute if you haven't done so already. And if you have, check it out again!

See also Happy Independence Day!, posted 4/7/13.

Naader 'Freak8r' Reda
is a California-based competitive eater with a pedigree as long as a docker's tea break. In 2011, in addition to competing in numerous contests and championships, he set himself the gargantuan goal of taking on 100 eating challenges across North America. He won 97. In recognition of this, All Pro Eating crowned him the World's Top Food Challenger. The man can eat. But more than that, he can also write. As such, the Rake & Herald is truly honoured to also crown him the World's Top Competitive Eating Editor. The dude's a dude, dude. And if you're still not convinced, get a load of this. In addition to being a phenomenal gurgitator, Freak8r also teaches history to high school students. We reckon his lessons must be ace. Heck, if he were our teacher, we'd even do our homework. Some of the time, anyway.

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 emulate the above video(s) yourself. Seriously. We are NOT joking. You have been warned.

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