James bust a gut to eat whopper Gigantwich...

Echo: James Brettell – conquered the Gigantwich, top left, with almost 10 minutes to spare at Mangetout James Brettell – conquered the Gigantwich, top left, with almost 10 minutes to spare at Mangetout

AS doorsteps go, it is an 8,000 calorie monster of a sandwich, but a slim diner managed to devour it – even though more than 100 others had failed.

James Brettell, 26, from Hadleigh, is the first person to conquer the Gigantwich with almost ten minutes to spare of the allotted 45 minutes given for diners to complete the mammoth eating challenge at Mangetout, in Chichester Road, Southend.

The beat 116 failed challengers, including a UK strongman, by finishing the sandwich, which contains more than three times the daily recommended allowance of calories for an average man.

James said: “I saw a picture of the sandwich on Facebook and it was the size of a baby.

“I just thought ‘I’ve got to get me some of this’. I’ve always been pretty trim, but recently I’ve been training hard at the gymand only eating one or two big meals in the evenings. I was still surprised I managed to eat it all – my mates can’t believe it.”

The gut-busting sandwich contains sausage, bacon, ham, beef, turkey, lamb, steak burger, pulled barbecue pork, hash browns, various cheeses, stuffing, a cheese omelette, tomatoes, cucumber, salad, mayo, barbecue sauce, mustard and onion rings.

The fillings are sandwiched between six thick slices of bread, with chips and coleslawon the side.

It weighs almost half-a-stone and is free, but costs diners £17.95 if not consumed within the time limit.

James managed the final few mouthfuls accompanied by the Eye of the Tiger song. He said: “By the end, it gets quite hard to stomach each mouthful without feeling sick.

“I think the owner could see I was flagging, so he started playing Eye of the Tiger through the restaurant speakers to keep me going. It really did the trick.”

James won a special Gigantwich T-shirt and pocketed £116, consisting of £1 contributions from each person who failed their attempt.

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12:36pm Thu 5 Dec 13

j-w says...

Meanwhile, around the corner at the foodbank.........
Meanwhile, around the corner at the foodbank......... j-w

12:46pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Ian P says...

I was thinking exactly the same thing. Gloating about gorging three men's daily calory intake at one sitting, while people are struggling to feed themselves and their families beggars belief. Mangetout and all the participants should be totally ashamed of themselves and that £116 in James's pocket should come out again and be donated to a suitable charity.
I was thinking exactly the same thing. Gloating about gorging three men's daily calory intake at one sitting, while people are struggling to feed themselves and their families beggars belief. Mangetout and all the participants should be totally ashamed of themselves and that £116 in James's pocket should come out again and be donated to a suitable charity. Ian P

2:23pm Thu 5 Dec 13

whateverhappened says...

j-w wrote:
Meanwhile, around the corner at the foodbank.........
Well it's FREE if you eat it all so if you are that hungry go to Mangetout instead of the foodbank
[quote][p][bold]j-w[/bold] wrote: Meanwhile, around the corner at the foodbank.........[/p][/quote]Well it's FREE if you eat it all so if you are that hungry go to Mangetout instead of the foodbank whateverhappened

2:34pm Thu 5 Dec 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Good lad, Adam Richman would be proud, as for the first 2 comments i take it you will be inviting the hungry into yours on the 25th Dec for a slap up dinner....or giving yours up for them.
Good lad, Adam Richman would be proud, as for the first 2 comments i take it you will be inviting the hungry into yours on the 25th Dec for a slap up dinner....or giving yours up for them. DogsMessInLeigh

2:37pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Ian P says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
Good lad, Adam Richman would be proud, as for the first 2 comments i take it you will be inviting the hungry into yours on the 25th Dec for a slap up dinner....or giving yours up for them.
No, but I did send a donation this morning to a food bank. Have you sent one yet?
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: Good lad, Adam Richman would be proud, as for the first 2 comments i take it you will be inviting the hungry into yours on the 25th Dec for a slap up dinner....or giving yours up for them.[/p][/quote]No, but I did send a donation this morning to a food bank. Have you sent one yet? Ian P

2:59pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Howard Cháse says...

I've got a wall needs pebbledashing mate.....
I've got a wall needs pebbledashing mate..... Howard Cháse

3:53pm Thu 5 Dec 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Ian P wrote:
DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
Good lad, Adam Richman would be proud, as for the first 2 comments i take it you will be inviting the hungry into yours on the 25th Dec for a slap up dinner....or giving yours up for them.
No, but I did send a donation this morning to a food bank. Have you sent one yet?
Good for you was it a similar value to the £116 you complained about this lad getting..?, and no i have not sent anything to the food bank you speak of.
Many Thanks.
[quote][p][bold]Ian P[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: Good lad, Adam Richman would be proud, as for the first 2 comments i take it you will be inviting the hungry into yours on the 25th Dec for a slap up dinner....or giving yours up for them.[/p][/quote]No, but I did send a donation this morning to a food bank. Have you sent one yet?[/p][/quote]Good for you was it a similar value to the £116 you complained about this lad getting..?, and no i have not sent anything to the food bank you speak of. Many Thanks. DogsMessInLeigh

4:16pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Howard Cháse says...

j-w wrote:
Meanwhile, around the corner at the foodbank.........
Did he steal Eric Pickles' lunchbox?
[quote][p][bold]j-w[/bold] wrote: Meanwhile, around the corner at the foodbank.........[/p][/quote]Did he steal Eric Pickles' lunchbox? Howard Cháse

4:21pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Who_Flung_Dung says...

Ian P wrote:
I was thinking exactly the same thing. Gloating about gorging three men's daily calory intake at one sitting, while people are struggling to feed themselves and their families beggars belief. Mangetout and all the participants should be totally ashamed of themselves and that £116 in James's pocket should come out again and be donated to a suitable charity.
Bore Off!!!

Most of the people at 'the foodbank' bring it on themselves. Heroin and sitting on the streets begging is more of a priority than food to them lowlifes.
Its a dog eat dog (no reference to Wok and Grill) world out there.

Making me hungry even thinking about the foodbank, off to Mangetout i go.....
[quote][p][bold]Ian P[/bold] wrote: I was thinking exactly the same thing. Gloating about gorging three men's daily calory intake at one sitting, while people are struggling to feed themselves and their families beggars belief. Mangetout and all the participants should be totally ashamed of themselves and that £116 in James's pocket should come out again and be donated to a suitable charity.[/p][/quote]Bore Off!!! Most of the people at 'the foodbank' bring it on themselves. Heroin and sitting on the streets begging is more of a priority than food to them lowlifes. Its a dog eat dog (no reference to Wok and Grill) world out there. Making me hungry even thinking about the foodbank, off to Mangetout i go..... Who_Flung_Dung

4:53pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Living the La Vida Legra says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
Good lad, Adam Richman would be proud, as for the first 2 comments i take it you will be inviting the hungry into yours on the 25th Dec for a slap up dinner....or giving yours up for them.
No and not going to. I work hard for my Christmas dinner unlike the people who use the food bank, bunch of slackers
Happy Christmas to all the workers and Tax payers of our Great Country
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: Good lad, Adam Richman would be proud, as for the first 2 comments i take it you will be inviting the hungry into yours on the 25th Dec for a slap up dinner....or giving yours up for them.[/p][/quote]No and not going to. I work hard for my Christmas dinner unlike the people who use the food bank, bunch of slackers Happy Christmas to all the workers and Tax payers of our Great Country Living the La Vida Legra

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