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What a bloody week!

By chief hack Ignatius Rake

Posted July 07, 2013
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Says it all: Big thanks, dudes! (Check bottom for credit)

The R&H pays homage to all who have helped us over the past week – a very busy time in the world of gurgitation indeed.

Monster massive major mental thanks to all our cherished and beloved readers who have flooded the site over the past few days.

It's been a stonker!

Our eternal gratitude too to all the valiant food fighters who took time off to answer our seemingly endless questions with regards to Nathan's (before, during and after the event) and all the other eating competitions and challenges that took place on or around July 4 this year.

Apologies too for all the hassle.

We realise that after stuffing unfeasibly large amounts of grub down your gobs the last thing you probably want to do is answer a load of questions from a bunch of nosy bloody hacks.

But answer them you did!

Big, big thanks indeed.

As such our roll call of honour includes (but is not limited to and in no particular order) Joey 'Jaws' Chestnut; Miki Sudo; Bob 'Notorious B.O.B.' Shoudt; Jeff 'the Beast Man' Butler; Yasir Salem; Pablo 'Pabs' Martinez; Michelle 'Cardboard Shell' Lesco; Meredith 'Deep-Fried Diva' Boxberger; Larell Marie 'the Real Deal' Mele; Neslie 'Sweetness' Ricasa; Mary 'I Love 'Em Hot!' Bowers; Jamie 'the Bear' McDonald; Tracy 'Mmm Mmm' Goode; George and Richard Shea and all at Major League Eating; Tim 'Eater X' Janus; Naader 'Freak8r' Reda; Matt 'Sweet Tooth' Cohen; 'Beautiful' Brian Seiken; 'Asbestos Mouth' Aaron 'the Spicochist' Wakamatsu; Marcos 'the Monster' Owens; the Reverend Marcus Trepanning; DJ NRG Raver; Mr Wahaxah; and everyone else who has provided us with exclusive quotes, feedback, insights, information, videos, photos, links and, of course, massive entertainment and amazement.

You all deserve huge, huge pats on the back and a jolly nice cup of tea.


Apologies too to everyone we didn't hassle for quotes.

Please don't take it personally as some kind of snub.

It wasn't.

We were just mental busy.

Likewise, we quite understand why those of you who didn't answer our questions didn't.

And don't worry.

We still think you're ace!

We would really like to cover every aspect of gurgitation but this is sadly not possible.

We are, however, hugely indebted to Eat Feats and for their ongoing research, statistics, news and newsgathering, reports, analysis and commentary.

Without their hard work and efforts, our reporting would be even more shallow, dull, flimsy, floppy and mushy.

So big thanks to OJ Rifkin and Beautiful Brian!

If you haven't checked out their websites yet, we strongly recommend you do.


It is very much appreciated and enjoyed.

Likewise, major thanks and respect to ANYONE EVER who has uploaded a competitive eating video to the interweb.

As we've said before, it's people like you who enable people like us to enjoy the greatest sport on Earth.

So humungous thanks, respect and gratitude.

Please keep those vids a-coming!

But where would we be without our fan-f--king-tastic readers?

Every single one of you is an absolute star.

Thank you immeasurably for all your support over the past year or so.

We hope that we can live up to our motto of Kedhla hag Didhana – to inform and to entertain.

(We will send a picture of a cat to the first person who can work out what language that is in. Clue: It's not Latin.)

We hope that you like what we do, typos, errors, mispellings and all.

And if you feel you want to contribute in anyway, please do get in touch.

Similarly, hot food, alcohol, cash, cheques, credit card details and banker's drafts will all be gratefully received and duly squandered.

All the very best to each and every one of you.

Huge apologies if we've missed anyone out.

Please forgive us.

It's nothing personal.

We're just a bunch of hacks who love competitive eating.

Picture credit

Top and thumb: Message on the Orologio Restaurant in Noi Yoik by Beyond My Ken.

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