22 Year-Old New Zealand Model Gives Wall Street A Run For Its Money (Re: Eating Challenges)

120 McNuggets, 16 minutes, zero mercy.

A time-honored tradition on Wall Street is that of gorging oneself for sport, money, and glory, AKA The Food Eating Challenge. Whether it was the entire contents of a vending machine, a Crumbs cupcake cake meant to serve 15-20, a stack of KFC Double Down sandwiches, a dozen donuts, a box of Munchkins, McNuggets AND Muchkins, a mess of White Castle burgers, 244 oysters, or 500 Starbursts; man versus colleague or man versus himself (versus food); a race against the clock or simply a race against one's gastrointestinal system, no challenge was too great for someone not to say "F*ck it, I'll do that."

Unfortunately, in the last couple of years, would-be participants and veterans who should be defending their titles have been slacking. Perhaps sensing a lull in competitions, one New Zealand model went ahead and did this:

Wearing a “Keep Calm and Eat On” shirt, a petite Nela Zisser, formerly Miss Earth New Zealand, decided to try her hand at the popular “120 Chicken McNugget Challenge.” “Normally this is done in teams, but today I’m doing it solo,” she explains at the beginning of the online video, looking a little skittish. As she rifles through boxes of the McDonald’s food, she carefully dips each nugget into sauce before eating it. Occasionally she reaches for water, but Zisser mostly keeps a consistent pace. This is clearly an experienced eater at work. “That is harder than it looks,” she says after eating all 120 McNuggets in just over 16 minutes.

Hopefully it'll light a spark under all your asses.

Petite model fights stereotypes by eating 120 McNuggets [NYP]


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.

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.