Eaton devours a meaty challenge

Blackwater Hotel Motel chef Snowy Ham prepares to serve up the beefed-up meal to another contender.
Blackwater Hotel Motel chef Snowy Ham prepares to serve up the beefed-up meal to another contender.

BLACKWATER'S Wayne Eaton did not bite off more than he could chew when he took on the hefty challenge of eating a 1.5kg steak, coming out on top in 15 minutes flat.

The meaty feat was part of the Central Queensland Hotel Group's 1.5kg steak challenge, and Mr Eaton has won bragging rights as he finished his meal at the Blackwater Hotel Motel faster than contenders at the Jolly Collier Hotel in Dysart, the Coal 'n' Cattle Hotel in Moura, and the Brolga Hotel in Tieri.

"I just came in for lunch one day and saw it," Mr Eaton said of the challenge at the Blackwater Hotel Motel.

"My wife suggested it, and I thought I'd give it a go... When it came out I thought, 'oh no'."

Claiming his prize of his weight in beer, Mr Eaton scored a pyramid of XXXX Gold, and now has plenty of stock to celebrate with his mates.

He said they were thinking of taking on the challenge too.

"They all said they'd try to beat me," Mr Eaton said with a laugh.

"Good luck to them."

He said he chewed down his steak with a side of mash, and it was a fair while before he could cut into another piece of beef again.

"It took nearly a week before I could look at it (steak) again," Mr Eaton said.

"After I'd done it, my wife asked me if I wanted steak for tea."

And would he be taking on the challenge again, to settle his own score?

"No, definitely not," he said.

"I'll leave that one up to my mates."

Blackwater Hotel Motel manager Steven Glare said he had about six or seven people coming through the hotel's doors each week vying to tackle the beefy task.

He said they were inspired to become part of the challenge because of the hit TV show Man vs Food, where host Adam Richman explores big food offerings throughout America, challenging himself further each time.

"We have 17-year-olds attempt it. Many fail though.

"Generally it takes them half an hour," Mr Glare said.

When asked if he would take on the challenge himself, he laughed and said, "It's very daunting".

"There are big boys out here that eat well and could do it."

The competition is on again until the end of August, with Black's Beach Tavern in Mackay joining the hotels offering up the challenge.

Mr Glare said when the steak challenge was finished, he might try and look at other foods to test.

"Maybe a massive burger, or hot dogs with chilli sauce," Mr Glare said with a laugh.

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