It’s the Aussie food conquest that has sent all challengers packing.
There have been 55 big talkers to take on the Khartoum Hotel Burger Challenge – to eat a monster 5kg burger and sides within 30 minutes – but all have failed.
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“I’d have to say 90 per cent of people who have tried it get to about the 20 minute mark and that’s it, they hit the wall,” hotel owner Ray Prescott told 7NEWS.com.au.
“A few went the full 30 minutes but didn’t get it down”.
Sydney resident James Webb arrived at the Khartoum Hotel in Kitchener in the Hunter Valley on Saturday, just a little bit hungry.
He had travelled to the area with his partner for a wine and cheese tour.
“He was a very quiet and unassuming sort of bloke,” Prescott said.
“He came to do a job and did it. I was impressed with his whole approach.”
He “absolutely smashed” the massive meal, downing it in 25 minutes and 37 seconds to become the first person to complete the challenge.
And what’s more he had room for dessert, polishing off two serves of cheesecake and ice cream also within the allotted 30 minutes.
“I could not believe what I was seeing. I was shell shocked,” said Prescott.
“I said to my son-in-law, ‘come over here and have look at this’.
“It was absolutely amazing. There was no rush, no haste. He just sat down and ate it, as you would a normal meal.
“It just disappeared in front of my eyes.
“I thought, ‘where’s it going to?’. I just couldn’t believe it.”
For his troubles, James will have his name written on the wall.
And he walks home $600 richer as his prize for winning the challenge’s jackpot, which increases by $50 every week.
“I was so happy somebody finally did it. I’ve always said a challenge is a challenge and it will be done, you’ve just got to wait for the right person to come along,” said Prescott.
The challenge jackpot will now restart at $100.