If there’s one iconic dish that the UK is known for all around the world, it has to be fish and chips. Whether you’re putting it on a plate at the dinner table or eating it with your fingers from the paper it came wrapped in, we Brits love a visit to the local chippy, with 382 million portions being sold every year by fish and chip shops alone.
However, if you’re reading this and suddenly got a craving for fish and chips, then one chippy in the Midlands is challenging its customers to eat ‘The Colossus’, a 3,000 calorie, 2.5kg meal that consists of battered cod, a large portion of chips, three slices of bread and butter, and four sides - a choice of beans, mushy peas, curry sauce and gravy - in an hour, according to the Metro.
Elizabeth Forrester, the owner of the chippy in Tamworth, says that anyone who fancies their chances is welcome to take on the challenge, but since the challenge was launched in July, only one person has successfully finished the meal, and incredibly, finished it in under 30 minutes!
Elizabeth said: “When I see the size of the portion of the food we make for the fish and chip challenge it shocks me every time. I could never imagine eating it myself. I don’t think I could even attempt it.
“We have had nine people take on the challenge so far since we started the fish and chip challenge last month and it has only been completed once. All of the other competitors gave up halfway through.”
She added that all the competitors end up looking like they’re in a coma after attempting to devour the 3,000 calorie meal, explaining that their eyes had glazed over and they complained that they were unable to move after the attempt.
Elizabeth said that she thinks the slices of bread and butter increase the difficulty of the challenge, saying to all who have tried that it’ll be the bread that gets them.
Anyone who successfully completes the challenge wins try at a lucky dip for a prize, where one reward is their money back on the gargantuan meal.
Elizabeth explained that after opening the chippy in September 2019, she wanted to give her shop an edge over the competition and other takeaways in the town, and thought that The Colossus could get more people through the door.
The chip shop owner says she ‘can’t quite believe’ the amount of food being served upon the plate.
She said: “It usually takes us around 15 minutes to prepare the entire plate of food. The fish takes the longest as it is just so big it takes a while to batter it and wait for it to cook.
“The meal is extremely carb-heavy, so I am not really surprised that there has only been one successful competitor so far.”
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