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Pancakes for prostates

By editorial assistant Sandi Toxic

Posted February 19, 2013
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Pancake downing Down Under: Hungry Haydo in action in Aus. © Hayden Wilson

Hungry Haydo has set a record Down Under for downing 80 pancakes in under 18 minutes and all for a damn fine cause.

This past February 9, Australian alimentary athlete Hayden 'Hungry Haydo' Wilson set a new record for eating pancakes, scoffing a total of 80 of these egg, flour and milk jobbies with a combined mass of 2.5 kg (5.5 lb) in just 17 minutes and 46 seconds.

Furthermore, the Melbourne master masticator didn't just undertake this gargantuan gullet challenge for the sheer glory of it nor to simply push back the boundaries of eating endurance.

He also performed his pancake pummelling for a very worthy cause: to raise awareness of prostate cancer.

Indeed, Hungry Haydo's various eating efforts have now raised more than A$17,200 (£11,500) for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA), which calculates that each year in Australia alone some 20,000 new cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed, with around 3,300 men subsequently dying of the disease.

"I've had family members pass away from cancer and prostate cancer kills so many guys each year," Hungry Haydo exclusively tells the Rake & Herald via email.

"We need more awareness for it."

Well, we're certainly not going to argue with that, especially as it was prostate cancer that ultimately claimed to life of the Rake & Herald's all-time favourite musician Frank Zappa back in 1993.

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Bonzer tucker: Haydo likes his pancakes. © Hayden Wilson

So how does Hungry Haydo feel now that he's digested all those pancakes?

"I'm happy about my record of eating the most pancakes."

"I would say that eating in front of hundreds of people, who all can see banners and hear the MC talk about my fundraising efforts, raised a huge amount of publicity and awareness for the cause."

"It was great."

But why pancakes in particular?

"I really felt like pancakes so I put some feelers out to some pancake companies in Melbourne and Nicole from the Pancake Parlour thought it was a terrific idea."

"We ran with it and it just grew," he explains.

However, there was a downside.

He wasn't able to savour the grub he was gobbling.

"The Pancake Parlour pancakes are fairly delicious so it was a shame to put them away so fast," he says, revealing that he intends to redress this by going back "for a normal-speed meal very soon".

"I tend to switch my tastebuds off after about three minutes because the foods become more of the same."

"Then it's all about getting it down as quick as possible."

"Compared to my Vegemite jar eating challenge, the pancakes were an awesome challenge for taste."

Indeed, while the Pancake Parlour challenge ranks as Hungry Haydo's favourite to date, the aforementioned Vegemite one comes in last.

"I have always hated that stuff!" he says, making us wonder whether he really is Australian after all.

Next he'll be saying he always supports England in the Ashes.

Or maybe not.

But it's not just pancakes and Vegemite that the 24-year-old Aussie Rules Football fan is prepared to take on, having, among other things, wolfed down 41 Weet-Bix in five minutes; a kilo of oats and two litres (0.5 gallons) of milk in nine minutes; a 2.5 kg burrito in eight minutes "after eating two bowls of oats one hour before"; and 41 dim sims "to get more boys down to football practice".

And that's not even mentioning the seriously impressive 2 kg kangaroo burger with its topping of eggs, cheese, beetroot, pineapple and spinach he made hop down his gob last March.

Having been eating competitively for "about a year and a half", Hungry Haydo now plans to take a short break before storming back into the arena with his teeth all a-gnashing like a ravenous dingo.

"I am having six weeks off competitive eating," he says, explaining that he wants to get his "health in check" and "make sure [he's] fit for football".

"It's pretty hard to run around with 80 pancakes in your belly," he says.

And you know what?

We're inclined to believe him.

"I have big plans to at some point in 2013-14 travel around Australia in an eating tour (five locations over 10 days) with my proud sponsors Bulk Nutrients."

"They have been with me from the start and [I] really appreciate the support from Ben and the team."

Hoping also to one day "compete overseas for a few laughs", Hungry Haydo cites Canada's 'Furious' Pete Czerwinski as one gurgitator in particular who helped him get into the sport.

"He is a genuine guy and can eat like crazy.... one of the world's best," he says.

So is competitive eating on the rise in Australia?

"It is growing," he reports, "but needs some more support."

"A small bunch of the guys on the scene are trying to get it out there."

"We are doing our best."

"We need support from more local restaurants!"

So, if you own or operate a restaurant in Australia, you now know what to do.

Put on some more food-fighting fiestas and hopefully help Hungry Haydo raise yet more cash to thwart prostate cancer.

And on that subject, Hungry Haydo has some pertinent advice for every person on the planet with a prostate.

"Go get yourself checked out".

"Every male should do it."

In the meantime, have a watch of Hungry Haydo pounding those pancakes courtesy of his YouTube channel, where you can also enjoy a bucketload of other antipodean chomping challenges performed by the pancake prince himself.

Please help Hungry Haydo raise more wedge for the PCFA by clicking here. Also, if you're into social media, why not have a mooch round his Facebook page and his Twitter feed? Additionally, if you want to find out more about competitive eating in Australia, have a click of this. Big thanks for answering our questions, Hungry Haydo. Well done with the pancakes and good luck with raising awareness of prostate cancer. We're just shocked you don't like Vegemite. Flippin' 'eck! What would Sir Les Patterson say?

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