By Alex Matthews
This food fan was left feeling BATTERED by his lunch – after he tackled a monster stack of pancakes containing almost 10,000 calories in a food challenge!
The ambitious food challenge, set by Cherry Red’s café in Birmingham, in honour of Shrove Tuesday, has never been completed by any of its hungry customers.
It might be because they only have 30 minutes to wolf down the enormous pile of 18 thick, American style pancakes – drenched in sticky maple syrup.
The stack of pancakes contains two kilograms of flour, 18 eggs and over two whole blocks of butter.
The comptetitor is free to add as much extra butter and syrup as they think they can manage on the pile – taking the calorie count up to a whopping 9,100.
Each pancake by itself is a 300 calorie hit, with a healthy drizzle of maple syrup adding around another 200.
That means in just four pancakes, less than one quarter of the Cherry Red’s rack, an average person would exceed their medically recommended daily allowance.
The challenge was tackled by Charles Wade-Palmer from Birmingham.
The 22-year-old said: “I went into it pretty confidently as I’ve never left food on my plate – let alone so much of it.
“After just two, it suddenly hit me just how thick and filling the pancakes were.
“When I got to the third, that’s when completing all 18 felt way out of reach.”
Eventually Charles was beaten just before getting halfway through.
He still managed an impressive estimated 3,000 calories with syrup and butter.
“I’ve never felt so full, there’s Christmas dinner full and then there’s eight pancakes full.”
“I think it’s a miracle I was able to keep it all down it was that bad!
“I’m definitely put off from pancakes for a while. Just the idea of them is too much.
“I am disappointed in myself, I’ve always thought I was a big eater but clearly it is pancakes one, me nil.”
Tamsin, a manager at Cherry Red’s, said: “We like pancakes here as we do a lot of American style breakfasts. We wanted to up it with having pancakes that are really giant and create a challenge for people to enjoy.
“We haven’t seen anyone complete the challenge before, and we would have been really impressed if Charles had managed it.
“Sadly he couldn’t, but he did very well. We’ll just have to see if anyone can take it on next year.”