Man eats 320 shish ke­babs in 48 min­utes

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - National -

A MAN in the Aegean prov­ince of Deni­zli won a con­test held by a shish ke­bab restau­rant by eat­ing the meat pieces on 320 in­di­vid­ual skew­ers, in ad­di­tion to con­sum­ing drinks, salads and bread. The restau­rant’s man­ager, Mehmet Kaya, said he has been hold­ing these con­tests to pro­mote his busi­ness, while the win­ner, la­borer Muhammed Oğuzalp (R), won all the food, cut­lery, dishes and white goods he will need for his up­com­ing wed­ding.

Kaya said both a fe­male and male cham­pion were crowned in pre­vi­ous con­tests. Mihriban Kasap, 21, was the women’s cham­pion, eat­ing 291 shish ke­babs in 30 min­utes, ri­val­ing Oğuzalp’s 306 in 46 min­utes dur­ing his first run for the men’s ti­tle. He said he had de­cided to hold a bat­tle of the sexes by bring­ing Oğuzalp and Kasap to­gether with the two con­tes­tants given 320 skew­ers, three bot­tles of the clas­sic yo­gurt drink ayran, two plates of salad and three lavash breads.

Kasap gave up af­ter eat­ing 240 skew­ers, but Oğuzalp fought on, eat­ing all 320 skew­ers of meat in 48 min­utes. Kaya said Oğuzalp ate 3.2 kilo­grams of meat dur­ing the con­test and if all the other side dishes are added, the amount of food was close to 4.5 kilo­grams.

Kaya said con­tes­tants came from across the coun­try to par­tic­i­pate.

Oğuzalp, speak­ing af­ter the or­deal, said he was fine. “Eat­ing more than 3 kilo­grams of meat in one sit­ting is not easy. The se­cret is swal­low­ing. You must start slowly and then pick up speed.” He also said that he would soon get mar­ried.

Hun­dreds through­out Turkey watched the con­test live on so­cial me­dia.

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