Tuesday 27 September 2016

VIDEO: Independent.ie attempts Pinheads Pizza’s colossal 32inch challenge: 'Anyone who can finish that isn’t human'

Patricia Murphy and Mark McConville

Published 23/07/2015 | 19:40

Anthony shows off his creation, but can Mark get through it in 32 minutes? Photo: Jason Kennedy
Anthony shows off his creation, but can Mark get through it in 32 minutes? Photo: Jason Kennedy

Competitive eating could almost be considered a national sport across the water in the US but now Irish gluttons have an opportunity to have their own Man vs Food moment.

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Pinheads Pizza on Dublin’s South Circular Road is serving up gigantic 32 inch pizza pies with the promise of a free dinner and a voucher should anyone scoff one in under 32 minutes.

Independent.ie reporter Mark McConville was the first person in Ireland to attempt the mammoth challenge but crumbled under the pressure of the huge offering.

“I’ve watched Man vs Food for years and Adam Richman makes it look so easy. I definitely thought I’d be able for at least half of the 32inch,” said Mark, a newbie to competitive eating.

“I’d read up that if you drink a lot of water the night before it helps you expand your stomach so I drank two litres before bed and skipped breakfast.”

Although he was confident prior to the challenge, Mark revealed he knew he was destined for failure after just the first slice.

The different stages of competitive eating
The different stages of competitive eating

“I didn’t think the pizza would have been as thick as it was. I felt like I had eaten a loaf of bread in just the first slice. After that first slice I knew it wasn’t possible to eat it all," he said.

Although Independent.ie’s Mark only managed two slices of the giant pizza, Pinheads owner Anthony Kelly is calling out for people to attempt the unimaginable conquest.

“The challenge is a 32 inch pizza and whatever toppings you want on it as well as two milkshakes.

“If you finish it you win a €50 voucher and get your pizza for free as well.

Our Mark is defeated by Pinheads' Pizza Challenge. Photo: Jason Kennedy
Our Mark is defeated by Pinheads' Pizza Challenge. Photo: Jason Kennedy

The business owner revealed that the challenge was a way to revitalise his Dublin pizza parlour.

“I just came up with the idea when I was having a pint. I just thought I needed to do something new,” he said.

Although Mark only managed two slices, Anthony is urging any gluttons interested in the challenge to apply in store.

Following his crack at Ireland’s biggest pizza, Mark revealed that he won’t be ordering take-away any time soon.

“I will definitely not be touching a pizza any time soon. I’m fit for bed. Anyone who can finish that isn’t human,” he finished.

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