Interview: Bodybuilder who beat 50-year-old Seattle steak eating challengeon May 8, 2012 @ 12:38 pm (Updated: 2:22 pm - 5/8/12 )
Dozens have tried, but until last week no one could conquer one of the biggest eating challenges in town: The 72-ounce-steak at Seattle's Wedgewood Broiler.
As if that wasn't enough, the challenge required professional bodybuilder and competitive eater Randy Santel to scarf down the massive side of beef, along with a 1 lb. baked potato, roll, side salad, cup of soup, a glass of milk, glass of tomato juice then a bowl of ice cream.
Santel told 97.3 KIRO FM's Dori Monson Show he travels the country in search of eating challenges, and defeating the Wedgewood Broiler was #98 on his ongoing score sheet.
It took him just under 42 minutes, but he says he hoped to do it a lot faster except the steak was cooked too much so it took him longer to get through it.
For his troubles, he got back his $75 deposit, the first guy to ever do so at the long time Northeast Seattle eatery.
It was only one in a number of conquests while Santel was in the Seattle area. His prodigious consumption also included a 6-pound bacon burger with grilled cheese sandwiches for a bun in SeaTac, a 1-pound doughnut in Auburn, a 2-foot long chili-cheese hot dog with jalepenos, onions and a side of fries in the University District, a 3-liter ramen bowl in Bellevue, a 12-patty, 3-pound cheeseburger at Seattle's Burger Madness, and a six-pound burrito at Masa in Tacoma.
You have to wonder how he keeps it all down, or if he even tries, but according to Santel, "I always eat everything, I always keep it down. I just have to work out extra hard to get rid of it."
Josh Kerns/My Northwest.com
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