The Gotham: Man takes on New Zealand's biggest burger and wins

Les Mills personal trainer Tevita Siulangapo was the first person in New Zealand to finish the country's biggest burger ...
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Les Mills personal trainer Tevita Siulangapo was the first person in New Zealand to finish the country's biggest burger in under 30 minutes.

The first person to eat the 2kg Gotham Burger within 30 minutes had a full breakfast first and says he could have eaten a second one.

On Saturday, former Christchurch Les Mills professional trainer Tevita Siulangapo​ managed to wade his way through the 1kg of meat, 350gm of bacon, 350gm cheese, and 400gm of bread with just three seconds to spare before his time was up.

The 31-year-old, who stands 1.85metres (6ft 1inch) and weighs 101kg, did not find the gigantic burger hard to eat.

Siulangapo​ travelled almost two hours with two friends from Christchurch to Geraldine specifically for the challenge. 

The 2kg Gotham burger must be eaten, with no food left in your mouth, in 30 minutes.
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The 2kg Gotham burger must be eaten, with no food left in your mouth, in 30 minutes.

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They ate scrambled eggs, bacon, and hash browns for breakfast at at about 11am before starting on the Gotham at about 3pm.

"I'm moving to Australia in a couple of days so I wanted to try it before I left . . . It's the first time I've been congratulated for my ability to eat," Siulangapo​ said. ​

His wife Irene had lived in Canberra since February and Siulangapo​ is joining her and plans to continue working in the health industry.

"She asked me why I had to show the world what a pig I was."

One of Siulangapo's​ friends managed to eat  half the Gotham while his other friend and fiancee shared one between them.

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"I could have eaten a second one . . . I would love to try it (challenge) again," Siulangapo​ said.

The group went for a stroll after the Gotham champ's record breaker and bought some fudge and coffee. 

Being in the fitness industry Siulangapo​ said he went through phases of eating a lot but also worked out a lot to balance it.

Siulangapo's​ win means he received the $55 burger for free and will have his name written on the Wall of Fame in the Geraldine cafe for posterity. 

More than 30 people have failed the Gotham challenge since it was launched on October 5, including 37-year-old Robbie Shefford​, who failed on a technicality. 

Although the plate was empty, Shefford​ failed to swallow the entire burger in 30 minutes.  

"I talked too much. If I didn't stop and talk I would have had more time," he said.

"I had it all in my mouth but I had to have an empty mouth to win."

Shefford​ still had to pay $55 for the burger.  

His friends want him to have another go next Sunday but he wasn't too keen.

"I feel like crap today," he said.

"The meat was easy. The hardest part was the crust on the bun, trying to chomp down on the crust." 

 - Stuff

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