Max Key and competitive eater Nela Zisser take on 500 chicken nuggets
Social media gluttons were treated to a feast of gratuitous self promotion when competitive eater Nela Zisser teamed up with the former Prime Minister's son, Max Key, in a bid to devour 500 chicken nuggets between them.
Max Key, 21, and Zisser, 24 - whose eating feats variously include a burrito the size of a Chihuahua, a 2kg curry, and 45 MacDonald's burgers in one sitting - attempted the 10kg of deep-fried poultry at Tucks and Bao in Newmarket, Auckland, on Wednesday afternoon.
But the challenge turned sour when the pair attempted to stuff too many nuggets in their mouths at once, prompting a synchronised regurgitation into a bucket.
Within one hour, the pair had managed only a disappointing 150 of the store-bought nuggets between them.
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When asked before hand if she thought they would be able to complete the mammoth task Zisser replied with a "maybe, I'll try my best" and a nervous laugh.
The greasy collaboration was dreamed up by Max Key as way to promote the pair's respective social media accounts.
"Basically, Max has like a new vlog channel, so we're like doing a vlog for his channel and we're doing a new eating challenge for mine - so they're kind of like overlapping," Zisser said.
"Max is just starting out [vlogging] so it's just a chance to promote him and give my fans something new."
Zisser has more than 100,000 followers on her Facebook and YouTube pages whereas Key only has 5000 YouTube followers.
"We just thought it was a fun idea for a video."
Zisser, who also happens to be a co-owner of Tucks and Bao, said: "We're doing it as a team ... It's 500 between us, so one of us may eat more than the other, and I'm sure that one of us will.
"I haven't really done anything to prepare, we're kind of just going for it... I don't think we'll be able to get through them all, I'll just be happy if I can do 100.
"[I told Max to] just eat as much as you can during the challenge and I told him not to eat breakfast so we'll see if he actually listened."
And it turns out he did - Key abstained from breakfast but still lagged behind. When Zisser was at 30, Key had only managed about 10.
"Are your shoulders sore from carrying the weight of the team?" Key joked.
The pair downed the nuggets with a "freak shake" - a chocolate milkshake monstrosity boasting 12 scoops of chocolate icecream and 500ml of milk topped with several chocolate bars.
"I reckon it will help because it will balance the saltiness of the chicken nuggets - we might have some water and dipping sauces as well," Zisser said.
Zisser said there was definitely a knack to extreme eating; first, make sure you don't eat that day, and second: "You have to zone out a little bit; if you think about it too much then it becomes much more difficult."
After an hour, Key said, "I never want to look at another chicken nugget as long as I live", as the pair were still chipping away at the pile of nuggets, one by one.
They estimated they got to about 150 between them after the first hour. And with no end in sight, Stuff had to call it a day.
WHAT ELSE WEIGHS THE SAME AS 500 CHICKEN NUGGETS?
- An 18-month-old baby
- A large bowling ball
- 500 sushi rolls
- 18 basket balls
- 200,000 drops of water
- A car tyre
NOTABLE NUGGET RECORD ATTEMPTS
Jamie McDonald ate 120 chicken McNuggets in 12 minutes, 26 seconds.
Matt Stonie ate 120 in 14 minutes, 43 seconds.
Nela Zisser ate 120 in in 16 minutes, 24 seconds.
The 'L.A. Beast' ate 110 in over 18 minutes.