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    What KFC Giveth, KFC Taketh Away

    Some might view the fact that Kentucky Fried Chicken is offering the Double Down Dog– its follow-up to 2010’s Double Down Sandwich, which spawned many a food eating contest across Wall Street– in limited quantities, for a limited time, and only in the Philippines as a good thing. A sort of, saving ourselves from ourselves […]

    / Jan 27, 2015 at 5:20 PM
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    In The Future, You’ll Receive An Electric Shock Before Competing In An Office-Wide Food Eating Challenge

    On the seventh floor of a concrete office building in Washington, a government worker stops to contemplate a purchase from the vending machine. Then his phone vibrates. An alert on the screen suggests he pass on the Twinkies today. This guinea pig, among a group of employees at the U.S. Department of Health and Human […]

    / Oct 31, 2014 at 2:23 PM
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    Purveyor Of Cake Sized Cupcakes Back For All Your Eating Challenge Wants And Needs

    Been itching to get back into the Food Eating Challenge game but unsuccessful in finding one that combines your love of competition and hyperglycemia? Today’s your lucky day. Crumbs Cupcakes is back and not only will it be offering its cupcake the size of 9 Costco-sized sheet cakes, but even more ticking time bombs of […]

    / Aug 26, 2014 at 5:28 PM
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    Crumbs Finds Out Its Eyes Were Bigger Than Its Stomach (Though A Citigroup Trader Could’ve Told Them That)

    On June 24, 2011, a trader at Citigroup took on an extremely bold challenge: to finish, and keep down, a Crumbs Colossal Cupcake, within a 35 minute time limit. For those unfamiliar with the Crumbs’s menu, a standard, regulation-size cupcake contains about 3 metric tons of sugar. The Colossal Cupcake? “…towers at about six and […]

    / Jul 8, 2014 at 2:29 PM
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    Have We Identified The Next Food Eating Challenge?

    Back when the financial crisis hit, and financial services employees started getting laid off en masse, a lot of people took the opportunity to look in the mirror and ask themselves, “What do I really want to do with my time? Do I even like working on Wall Street?” More often than not, the answer […]

    / Aug 14, 2013 at 3:31 PM
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    First Food Eating Challenge Of 2013: Underway

    It’s another vending machine challenge and you know how we feel about those (too much time, not enough food, doesn’t put hair on anyone’s chest) BUT it does involve a contract (described as “amazing” by the half of Dealbreaker that was at one time licensed to practice law in New York), the terms of which state that in the event of a loss, the loser will pay for a lunch he’s not invited to, so we’ve got award points for that.

    / Jan 29, 2013 at 11:46 AM
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    Does Your Next Food Eating Challenge Involve Binge Drinking Herbalife’s Formula 1 Nutrition Shake?

    As many of you know, around these parts we are constantly debating the merits of various financial services employees’ food eating challenges. Historically, we’ve detracted points for allowing the participants far too much time to complete the task at hand (opening bell to close, might as well just make it limitless), an insufficient volume of food (a box of Munchkins, considered by many to be a snack), and lack of originality (vending machine challenges have been done). On the flip side, we’ve applauded creativity (an investment banker and 500 Starburst enter a room and there’s a webcam involved),* obscene amounts of food and enough sugar to cause hyperglycemia (244 oysters, a cupcake of death), and topicality (the delicacy that is the Sausage Pancake Bite: yes! Double Downs: double yes!).

    Which brings us to this: the Herbalife Food Eating Challenge. New York Observer reporter Patrick Clark noticed that while the Herbalife story has been covered by many an angle so far (the blood-sucking pyramid scheme angle, the grandma angle, the Dan Loeb/UWS hedge fund manager on UWS hedge fund manager angle), the most important angle of all had yet to be explored: the actual ingesting of this stuff angle.

    / Jan 10, 2013 at 12:54 PM
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    Food Eating Challenge Of The Day: “It’s Not Clear What’s Going On In His Mind And Body”

    As you all are well aware, from time to time we cover food eating challenges around these parts. We don’t chronicle all the feats of gastrointestinal fortitude that come our way, though, because while we love you all, not all of your FECs constitute what we’d consider an actual challenge worth covering. As previously discussed, our high bar has everything to do with the first contest we ever wrote about (as a postmortem), which involved a man named Oyster Boy, who consumed 244 oysters in 1 hour at Ulysses, throwing down the gauntlet down for one of you to pick up, vis-à-vis goring yourself for sport. Do we really expect anyone to match OB in magnitude or strength of stomach lining? No, we do not. Having said that, “challenges” such as eating 8 vending machine items in 12 hours (or in an unlimited amount of time!) are not going to cut it. It’s not an exact science but we look for FECs that are imaginative, topical, and/or represent a high degree of difficulty. (And while we wouldn’t actually advise it, live streaming the whole thing would make our day.) Which brings us to today’s challenge.

    It occurred at an investment bank in midtown and although it loses points for not letting us know ahead of time so that we could chronicle the thing in real time, there are a number of things we like about it.

    Intern vs. VP. [Redacted] intern’s last day (ever?). A dozen donuts each from our friends at DD. 1 hour limit to finish…Intern: larger build, 6’1″ and extremely ambitious. VP: fit and 5’8″ with a vicious appetite.

    Identical donut selection includes:

    – 2 chocolate
    – 2 glazed
    – 1 sugar
    – 2 strawberry frosted
    – 2 chocolate frosted
    – 1 blueberry
    – 1 Oreo crumble
    – 1 Boston creme

    VP downed the whole thing in 13:31. Intern disappointingly tapped out shortly after at 9 donuts and a bite. Intern is feeling “terrible,” is alternating between a sugar rush and mild depression, and wants to sleep under his desk. It’s not clear what’s going on in his mind and body. Besides looking very uncomfortable, he’s having a hard time responding to questions with any answer besides “I don’t know.” He’s buying drinks for everyone tonight.

    Obviously there’s zero sense of urgency here as a result of getting a recap rather than doing it live. But! Twelve adult-sized donuts (as opposed to a bunch of munchkins)? Good. Thirteen minutes for the whole spread? Good. Pitting a superior against an underling (rather than making a couple of interns race each other)? GOOD. Take these ideas, particularly the last one and run with them. Feel free to come up with your own but at least just consider making founder vs. peasant/30 minutes/2 chocolate fountains each/70-100 items to dip/race to the finish happen.

    / Aug 9, 2012 at 1:27 PM
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    Food Eating Challenge: A Financial Services Employee And A Mound Of Starbursts Enter A Room (Update)

    Who will emerge victorious? We’ll know soon. The challenge: 500 Starbursts in 12 hours. The contender: a financial analyst whose eyes may or may not be bigger than his stomach (41.666 in an hour? Don’t offer me that. 41.666 every hour for 12 hours? That’s a challenge). The progress so far: he started at 8:30 CDT and has put away 250. The bonus: he’s live-streaming the event.

    Live broadcasting by Ustream

    / Aug 2, 2012 at 2:26 PM
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    Have We Identified The Next Food Eating Challenge?

    The Montana State Society’s Testicle Festival in Virginia Square was a rousing success this year. Festival-goers consumed 110 pounds of bull and bison testicles, 84 liters of Crown Royal and 1,500 cans of beer this year, according to event organizer and Society president Jed Link. All three were records for the event, now in its eighth […]

    / May 21, 2012 at 6:22 PM
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    A Modest Proposal

    A reader/FEC enthusiast asks: “Today’s Living Social deal for five Big Macs and five large fries BEGS for a New Normal eating challenge. Someone has to have a hungry analyst, right?”

    / Dec 1, 2011 at 12:28 PM
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    Black Widow Still Making A Mockery Of Wall Street

    Remember Sonya Thomas, AKA The Black Widow? For those who need a refresher, Thomas, dubbed the BW because she “often beats male competitors in eating contests” and maybe also killed a man in cold blood for stealing her lunch, housed 183 chicken wings in 12 minutes last September to take home first place in the […]

    / Nov 23, 2011 at 10:47 AM
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    Have We Identified The Next Food Eating Challenge?

    The answer is yes and it’s this- the Paul Tudor Jones-approved KFC Bacon Bowl (Description: “There’s a reason our KFC Bowl is famous- okay, 5 reasons. Mashed potatoes, fried chicken, corn, gravy, cheese. Layered together for what might be the world’s best tasting full meal, how do we make that recipe even more famous? We […]

    / Oct 18, 2011 at 11:42 AM
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    Dollars To Donuts You Don’t Have The Gastrointestinal Fortitude To Beat Vikram Pandit At His Own Game

    “Citi North America Markets is raising money for the Police & Fire Widows’ & Childrens’ Benefit Fund- with an official food eating challenge. From an email sent today to all markets employees (Fixed Income, Equities, Commodities, Currencies)…”

    / Oct 6, 2011 at 12:28 PM
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    There’s A Million Bucks With Your Name On It If You Can Beat The ‘Black Widow Of Eating Contests’ At Her Own Game

    Perhaps you’ve competed in on the job eating challenges before, maybe even successfully. A few Double Downs here, a couple of vending machine items there. Probably felt pretty good about yourself, too. “I can shovel food down my mouth like a pro,” you might have said to a colleague who was equally impressed by your […]

    / Sep 7, 2011 at 3:35 PM
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    How Many Tender Little White Castle Burgers With Those Little, Itty-Bitty Grilled Onions That Just Explode In Your Mouth Like Flavor Crystals Can 3 JPMorgan Interns Eat In 5 Minutes?

    Three summer interns are about to go head to head. All are said to be of “medium build,” with two standing at about 5’11 and one at 5’5.

    / Jul 29, 2011 at 1:15 PM
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    Important Reminder: Crumbs Has Gone Public

    To commemorate the listing on the Nasdaq (ticker symbol: CRMB), consider going head to head with “six and a half inches high of deliciousness and love” today. [Crains, earlier]

    / Jun 30, 2011 at 9:27 AM
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    Colossal Cupcake Gets The Better Of Citi Trader

    On several occasions around these parts, we’ve had discussions about what constitutes a worthy food eating challenge. And, more to the point, what constitutes a food eating challenge worth covering. To understand our position, one must know the history of our writing about The Food Eating Challenge (FEC), which began with a trader named Ian […]

    / Jun 24, 2011 at 2:33 PM

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