HUNGRY HORACES are being invited to take on a Man v Food-style challenge at a Sunderland cafe.
Extra-hungry customers at Jus’ Deliciou’S in Sunderland city centre can get themselves a free meal – but only if they manage to polish off a giant platter of food.
Diners have to munch their way through four feet of hot dogs in white buns, plus a pound in weight of chips – all in under 20 minutes.
The belt-busting challenge echoes hit U.S. television show Man v Food, in which host Adam Richman travels to different cities taking on eating challenges at local restaurants.
Brothers Joseph Zahra, 24, Michael, 21, and Daniel, 15, from Houghton, attempted the feat at Jus’ Deliciou’S – along with Echo video journalist Steven Carter.
Steven’s plan was to “just dig in and hope for the best.”
But the four all bit off more than they could chew and were forced to throw in the napkin.
Joseph, a football coach, joked: “If any professional athlete had this before a match I don’t think they would make it on to the pitch. It’s a nice treat once in a blue moon but I would not recommend it all of the time.”
He added: “I thought I would give it a go but it wasn’t my day.”
The challenge dish changes every month, or until someone finishes it.
The Zahra brothers completed the cafe’s huge breakfast platter, combining three-and-a-half regular-sized breakfasts.
Cafe owner Julie Elstob, from Town End Farm, said five people had tried and failed the latest challenge.
“It’s been all men coming in so far – we’ve had no women yet”, the 44-year-old said.
But she denied she is promoting unhealthy eating habits.
“We are not encouraging people to eat like this on a regular basis and we’ve also got a lot of healthy options on the menu, like salads, smoothies and jacket potatoes.”
The hot dog dish is £5.95 and can be ordered without taking part in the challenge.
To take part, tel. 0795 734 1507.