Until ‘Man vs Food’ popped onto our TV screens a couple of years ago, eating challenges were not something us mere mortals would have ever thought of. These were confined to the US (check out this great selection of US based food challenges) where they even have their own governing body, aptly named the Major Eating League. Thanks to the success of the show eating challenges have become far more mainstream, therefore we’ve rounded up the top 5 eating challenges in London, for you to sink your teeth into.

Blues Kitchen, Shoreditch

The challenge: Eat as many hotdogs as you can as quickly as you can.
Time limit: 30 minutes
Reward: Free meal for two people at Blues Kitchen

The Naga Viper Chilli Challenge at Red Dog Saloon, Hoxton

The challenge: 6 chicken wings drenched in naga viper chilli sauce. This challenged is not for the faint hearted, before participating you must sign a waiver form (because the sauce is that hot!!) and wear gloves.
Time limit: 10 minutes, additional ‘burn off’ period of 5 minutes where you cannot leave the table or have a well-deserved drink.
Reward: Your photo on the hall of fame

Porky’s, Camden

The challenge: Can you make your way through 1.1kg of ribs? If that doesn’t sound enough its accompanied by 400g of French fries.
Time limit: None – You’ve got as long as you can!
Reward: Finish the ribs and free t-shirt is yours, plus your photo on the wall of fame. Alongside this, the fastest person each month gets a free meal for 2.

Pride of Paddington, Paddington

The challenge: A hearty, comforting shepherds pie, weighing an outstanding 9lbs.
Time limit: 20 minutes
Reward: If manage to get through the jumbo pie, the meal is free and your photo is added to the wall of fame.

Blacks Burgers, Croydon

The challenge: Aptly named ‘Beat the Beast’, the challenge is to eat an 11lb burger consisting of 7lb of prime black angus beef, topped with half lb of mature cheddar, 7 rashes of bacon, not forgetting the whole lettuce and 7 tomatoes. Alongside 1lb of chips and not forgetting the milkshake. According to the waiting staff this challenge is impossible!
Time limit: 60 minutes
Reward: Free meal and photo on wall of fame. If you fail your photo will be added to the wall of shame.
Please note the ‘Beat the Beast’ challenge must be pre-booked and paid for at least 48 hours in advance!