Fast eater’s feat pop­u­lar

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - AN­DREW BACKHOUSE

VIDEO of a Townsville man de­vour­ing a 3.5kg chicken parmi­giana meal in about six min­utes has been viewed nearly one mil­lion times af­ter go­ing vi­ral online.

Joe Hodges took on the chal­lenge at the Sham­rock Ho­tel in Townsville to as­sist owner Re­gan An­der­son in set­ting the bench­mark for an up­com­ing eat­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

The ho­tel will of­fer $ 500 to any­one who can beat Mr Hodges’ time and the meal for free to cus­tomers that eat it within 20 min­utes.

Footage show­ing Mr Hodges me­thod­i­cally chew­ing through the mas­sive meal went vi­ral online and has since made na­tional news.

Now the Goonyella River­side Mine worker has re­vealed his se­cret to eat­ing so fast.

“Chew­ing is op­tional, just bite and swal­low,” he said.

“I’ve al­ways been a big eater.

“My dad al­ways said he would rather pay me a wage than pay to feed me.”

His favourite type of food is sweets and Mr Hodges says he can’t go past dough­nuts.

“I’ve eaten 144 dough­nuts in 24 hours on a trip in Amer­ica,” he said.

De­spite his eat­ing habits he’s not con­sid­ered un­fit or obese.

“I’m a fit per­son who trains hard five to six times a week,” he said.

“I’m re­ally sur­prised by the re­ac­tion of ev­ery­one but what’s funny is all my friends think this is nor­mal.”

And he hasn’t ruled out turn­ing it into a job.

“I’ve never re­ally thought of be­com­ing a pro even though a lot of peo­ple said I should,” he said.

“But I’m con­sid­er­ing go­ing to Bris­bane, Syd­ney or Mel­bourne and try­ing a few chal­lenges down there to see how it goes.

“Maybe I’ll even train for it.”

A video of his feat had more than 1.5 mil­lion im­pres­sions on Face­book and drew tens of thou­sands of com­ments across the na­tion.

The Sham­rock Ho­tel will of­fer the chal­lenge to its cus­tomers next Wed­nes­day.

Pic­ture: WES­LEY MONTS

ONLINE AP­PETITE: Video of Joe Hodges de­mol­ish­ing a 3.5kg chicken parmi­giana meal at the Sham­rock Ho­tel has gone vi­ral. INSET: The ho­tel’s Courte­nay Mil­lar dis­plays one of the huge meals.

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