Some say he’s bitten off more than he can chew. But when international food eating champion Randy Santel polished off a 40oz meat feast in just 29 minutes 40 seconds, it was the Glenrothes public that was left open mouthed.
The TV and internet sensation from St Louis in America visited Foxtons’ Bar and Grill in the town last week as part of a European tour consisting of 30 ‘Man Versus Food’ challenges in seven countries in just 44 days.
Randy, who describes himself as a professional body-builder and competitive eating specialist has already demolished a 72oz steak challenge in Dundee, a six burger stack in St Andrews as well as other food-mountain eating contests in Edinburgh and Glasgow before arriving in Glenrothes to take on local challenger Tony Cargill.
The Glenrothes underdog won a Facebook competition to go plate-to-plate with the American giant, but was soon found wanting after Randy finished the meat dish in just 11 minutes.
“Tony was a great guy, and I appreciated him taking the challenge with me,” Randy told the Gazette.
“The Meat Feast was a big challenge, and not one that a normal person can just wake up and go finish without training. He did well though and put a big dent into it,” he added.
A spokesman for the Glenrothes bar said Randy was a worthy champion.
“It was incredible watching him, he demolished those plates of food.”
Afterwards, the American posed for photos and was delighted to receive another bar t-shirt to add to his collection.
Almost unbelievably, the former high school football player who used to struggle with his weight first got into competitive eating after winning a men’s health magazine weight loss competition in 2010. A friend took him for a meal to celebrate and Randy ended up winning $500 for eating a 28-inch pizza.
“After finishing the program, to congratulate ourselves, my friend and I took on The 28-inch Pointersaurus Pizza Challenge in St Louis.
“We won easily and got $500, after that, I started looking into other food challenges, and have evolved from there into what I am today,” said Randy.
He added: I’ll eat anything, but for food challenges, Mexican food, pizza and ice cream are my favourites.”
To counter the extreme food intake that would give even the most mild-mannered doctor palpitations, Randy spends most of his days body building when not sat in front of a plate of food.
“I do a lot of training in order to compete this way, it takes a lot of dedication,” explained the American.
So, with the Glenrothes challenge completing Randy’s 148th victory and an Ireland trip already under his belt, the plate demolishing ‘supersized-eater’ is now heading south to England before tackling further challenges in Holland, Belgium and France.
You can follow Randy’s 44-day European Tour via his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RandySantel