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VIDEO: Reporter attempts to eat mammoth burger

The Argus: Chef Russell  Tisbury presents reporter Gareth Davies with the giant burger Chef Russell Tisbury presents reporter Gareth Davies with the giant burger

NOT one to pass on a challenge, The Argus reporter and keen sportsman Gareth Davies was tempted by chef Russell Tisbury’s giant burger. The £35 meal is available at Temple Bar in Western Road, Hove from today to raise money for charity. Gareth got a sneak preview of the challenge yesterday.

I’VE let The Argus down, I’ve let the readers down, I’ve let my family down, I’ve let my country down, but above all, I’ve let myself down.

It’s hard to explain just how difficult a challenge chef Russell Tisbury at Temple Bar in Hove has set.

An hour to eat 50oz of beef (the equivalent of more than 12 normal burgers), 1lb of cheese, eight rashers of smoked bacon, eight sliced gherkins, one sliced red onion, homemade tomato chutney and mustard and all served in an enormous brioche bun 30cm in diameter with a side of 1lb of chips.

I tried my best to train up for the challenge for the past week. My eating habits over that time have been woeful.

Triple helpings of cricket teas, two pizzas on Monday, more takeaways than you could shake a stick at and daily late-night gorging all in an effort to expand my stomach.

I didn’t have breakfast yesterday morning so that I was primed for the challenge.

Pointless. I only managed just over half of the beast.

All I’ve managed to do is put on about half a stone in less than a week and become a slightly fatter failure.

The first slice of Russell’s burger was divine.

Perfectly seasoned, melted cheese, smoky bacon with the sweetness from the chutney and the bun making it the perfect burger.

It was all downhill from there.

With the same tastes going round and round in my mouth, the once-beautiful burger had just become a gritty, salty paste.

I tried everything to try and make it easier to eat, mixing it up with some chips, soaking up the spilt juices but nothing was working.

I developed a tactic of half chewing a mouthful and then washing the rest of it down with water, but I was conscious this was just filling my stomach up more.

I never admitted defeat and took one final bite with ten seconds left on the clock before rushing to the toilet to violently vomit.

The hardest part of the whole day was writing this, because every word is serving as a reminder of every writhing bite.

I was rightly laughed back into the office by my colleagues who took great pleasure in my crippling stomach cramps as they demolished the last of the burger in dainty cake-slice size portions.

Good luck to anyone who takes on the challenge and well done to the pub for such an innovative way of raising money for a worthy cause.

What’s for pudding?

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12:30pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Patsyr says...

More free advertising by the Argus.
What charity is going to benefit? Surely this should be the main point of the story but missing. Also what percentage of the cost of the meal is going to be donated? Also very important. Come on Argus fill in these important points.
More free advertising by the Argus. What charity is going to benefit? Surely this should be the main point of the story but missing. Also what percentage of the cost of the meal is going to be donated? Also very important. Come on Argus fill in these important points. Patsyr
  • Score: 0

12:31pm Thu 5 Jun 14

NickBrt says...

Being an Argus reporter its amazing he turned up at the right place! And why isn't there a picture of a fire engine? That's what we usually get.
Being an Argus reporter its amazing he turned up at the right place! And why isn't there a picture of a fire engine? That's what we usually get. NickBrt
  • Score: 6

12:38pm Thu 5 Jun 14

firemanste says...

ambulance on stand by for heart attack
ambulance on stand by for heart attack firemanste
  • Score: 6

12:54pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Goldenwight says...

Patsyr wrote:
More free advertising by the Argus. What charity is going to benefit? Surely this should be the main point of the story but missing. Also what percentage of the cost of the meal is going to be donated? Also very important. Come on Argus fill in these important points.
Presumably anti-obesity charities?
[quote][p][bold]Patsyr[/bold] wrote: More free advertising by the Argus. What charity is going to benefit? Surely this should be the main point of the story but missing. Also what percentage of the cost of the meal is going to be donated? Also very important. Come on Argus fill in these important points.[/p][/quote]Presumably anti-obesity charities? Goldenwight
  • Score: 1

1:03pm Thu 5 Jun 14

tykemison says...

Absolute gutter press, not exactly cutting edge, must have just come aware of man v food.Used to be a great pub when they had the upstairs pool tables though.
Absolute gutter press, not exactly cutting edge, must have just come aware of man v food.Used to be a great pub when they had the upstairs pool tables though. tykemison
  • Score: -5

1:08pm Thu 5 Jun 14

notaconspiracy says...

Not a news item, more of a feature. Nicely descriptive writing, I think.
Not a news item, more of a feature. Nicely descriptive writing, I think. notaconspiracy
  • Score: 0

1:31pm Thu 5 Jun 14

ZeeGee, ffs says...

'Mammoth'????

Surely well past its 'eat-by' date.....
'Mammoth'???? Surely well past its 'eat-by' date..... ZeeGee, ffs
  • Score: -1

2:45pm Thu 5 Jun 14

missPgreen says...

Should have got Lucas to tackle the challenge - probably would have swallowed it whole!
Should have got Lucas to tackle the challenge - probably would have swallowed it whole! missPgreen
  • Score: 4

2:58pm Thu 5 Jun 14

NickBrt says...

Hi missPgreen that conjures up an amazing thought! Can they deliver one to Balcombe?
Hi missPgreen that conjures up an amazing thought! Can they deliver one to Balcombe? NickBrt
  • Score: 0

3:03pm Thu 5 Jun 14

gareth.davies says...

Patsyr wrote:
More free advertising by the Argus.
What charity is going to benefit? Surely this should be the main point of the story but missing. Also what percentage of the cost of the meal is going to be donated? Also very important. Come on Argus fill in these important points.
See here: http://www.theargus.
co.uk/news/11249211.
Giant_burger_is_a_re
al_challenge/
[quote][p][bold]Patsyr[/bold] wrote: More free advertising by the Argus. What charity is going to benefit? Surely this should be the main point of the story but missing. Also what percentage of the cost of the meal is going to be donated? Also very important. Come on Argus fill in these important points.[/p][/quote]See here: http://www.theargus. co.uk/news/11249211. Giant_burger_is_a_re al_challenge/ gareth.davies
  • Score: 1

7:43am Fri 6 Jun 14

TIMBURRY says...

it's funny watching someone stopping to video feeding time at The Temple Bar.... All those people in Brighton and Hove having to go to food banks and there's you throwing half that burger and chips in the bin, you and the chef (bar) should be ashamed of yourselves.
it's funny watching someone stopping to video feeding time at The Temple Bar.... All those people in Brighton and Hove having to go to food banks and there's you throwing half that burger and chips in the bin, you and the chef (bar) should be ashamed of yourselves. TIMBURRY
  • Score: -1

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