SUSSEX — Randy Santel and Katina Eats Kilos, both pro eaters and entertainers, had 45 minutes to consume a massive platter of breakfast food on Saturday at The Kitchen, N64W23316 Main St.
Gabe Kolesari, co-owner of The Kitchen, opened the restaurant last March and wanted something fun for people to do. The owners of the restaurant noticed other food challenges in the Milwaukee area and wanted in on it.
The Red Rock Saloon in Milwaukee has the "Unforgiven Challenge." A person needs to eat a sandwich with two and half pound burgers topped with cheese and bacon, a deep-fried chicken breast, an egg, lettuce, tomato, onion strings, along with a basket of fries and 6 T.C.B Ghost pepper wings in 23 minutes.
Crawdaddy’s on Greenfield has a five foot long Cajun Po’boy Sandwich Challenge.
"I thought why not try it," Kolesari said.
The Kitchen is primary a breakfast establishment, and breakfast foods were necessary in the challenge. It wasn’t designed for the faint of heart and small of stomach.
The Kitchen’s food challenge is a platter which includes six chocolate chip pancakes, six pieces of bacon, four "Hatch" green chili sausages, eight more breakfast sausages, one order of biscuits and gravy, some chicken and waffles, five pieces of sourdough toast, one pound of American "Kitchen" potatoes and six over-easy eggs mixed with vegetables.
To do the challenge a patron must reserve a spot, and the cost is $45. If someone is successful they win a T-shirt and a spot on the wall of fame.
Kolesari reached out to the entertainers to try the challenge. Santel and Kilos both tackled the food but were not victorious.
The business owner believes a person could meet the challenge if they properly prepare for it. However, he cautions it is not a challenge for everybody. Kolesari added it is almost six pounds of food to consume.
Prepare for a feast
Santel has been a pro eater since 2010 and Kilos has been participating for three years. In 2010, he won a national body transformation contest hosted by Men’s Health Magazine and was in an episode of the television show "Spartacus." To celebrate at the end of a two-month body transformation, a really strict diet and exercise program, a friend asked him to do a 28-inch pizza challenge with him. They both won the challenge and were awarded with a check for $500. He still had room in his stomach and felt it might be fun to try more challenges.
Saturday’s challenge proved to be difficult. Santel called it one of the biggest and toughest challenges he has ever attempted. Santel and Kilos were a bit out of practice since they hadn’t done a challenge in months.
Normally he prepares by eating 10-12 pounds of watermelon and drinking a lot of liquids to stretch his stomach.
"In order to eat, you treat your stomach like any other muscle as far as weight lifting or benching. In order to train yourself to eat more you have to practice eating more," Santel said.
Twenty hours before a challenge he and Kilos will do a max out meal where they eat as much as they can. Then they drink a ton of liquids to stretch the stomach. They then fast the rest of the time.
"The goal is to be empty and ready to eat," he said.
When the couple is home, on the border of Menomonee Falls and Milwaukee, they weight train and bike.
He said food challenges and competitive eating is a dying sport. Santel said the big drive is the free meal and bragging rights.
"It was more popular during ‘Man Vs. Food (show),’ when I first started. Now with so many people struggling to keep their weight down and other issues and restaurants are struggling ... food challenges are not as easy to come by," he said.