In Chicago, the biggest restaurant challenge is often landing a table at a trendy hotspot, but at BadHappy Poutine, the gauntlet is of a more gut-buster than a time killer.
Meet "The Triple-Double Challenge."
Brave soul/competitive eater Randy Santel (who, we're not kidding, is also a body builder) recently demolished the BadHappy food challenge, taking down a, 18-ounce triple BadHappy Sauce Burger, two full poutines, and a 12-ounce milkshake in a little more than 12 minutes.
Almost as amazing as Santel's swift snacking is that he considered BadHappy's mountain of food a "smaller challenge."
"My stomach is a lot more used to eating a lot than when I first started," Santel said via his YouTube channel after his Chicago poutine triumph. "After taking a break, I need to "get back in shape" before trying a really big one. But its pretty easy to eat the smaller challenges like this one."
For his efforts, Santel walked with a t-shirt, name on the wall of fame and a $30 meal for free. The restaurant's website indicates only nine people have previously attempted the challenge.
(Read fellow bodybuilding and competitive eater Jamie McDonald's blog about Chicago food challenges. McDonald, it should be noted, claims to hold the record time for completing the "Triple Double:" a baffling four minutes, 17 seconds.)
Aptly named, "The Beast" is made with 18 scoops of ice cream, six bananas, two apples, three brownies, Brazil nuts, pecans, hot fudge, chocolate sauce, strawberries, and vanilla wafers, according to Yahoo News.
Since Chicago has several food challenges along with Lindy's Chili and BadHappy, don't be surprised if bigger names start coming to town in an attempt to topple the standing records.
Competitive eating has turned into a strangely lucrative "sport" for top participants in recent years. Competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi was recently paid $3,250 to scarf down an entire Domino's pizza in under 60 seconds at a private Super Bowl party last month.
BadHappy Poutine is located at 939 N. Orleans St.