After the breakfast burrito challenge at Brews, I decided that I might actually be alright at this eating challenge thing so after seeing the ‘Big Papa’ appear on the menu, I headed down to Papa’s in Cleethorpes to see if I could manage it.
After seeing others, including Hull Daily Mail’s Ivan Morris Poxton attempt the challenge, I knew that I needed to give it a go myself. So, on a rather overcast day, I nervously walked up The Pier with the memories of the breakfast burrito challenge playing in my brain.
I absolutely love food, but I remember the feeling that came over me when I’d finished that one and it wasn’t pretty in the slightest. I’ll spare you the detail, but I was just begging it wasn’t a repeat of that this time.
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I walked straight into the smell of the batter and the fryers, arguably the best smell in the world. It calmed me down somewhat to realise that the food I was about to try and tackle was going to be very tasty if nothing else. With my own little room set up, I sat surrounded by Papa’s Fish and Chips boxes, cornered by the seaside delicacy. It was at this point, I knew there was no way out of this one for me.
After going for an array of sauces and drinks, including the best curry sauce I’ve ever tasted in my life, I was greeted by a fish that looks as though it’s spent everyday at the gym for the past 20 years. Not to mention, the chips that were shaped like Mount Everest.
At that point, I was starting to shake, worried that I might be about to feel incredibly ill. In my head, the plan was to tackle the chips first as I felt that was what would hold me up the most. Rather surprisingly, I made my way through them in a short amount of time, double dipping with the gravy and curry like there was no tomorrow.
Then came time for the mammoth fish that was laid in front of me. Not feeling too confident, I shoved the first fork full into my mouth and I have to say it was delicious. Although I’d already eaten my entire body weight in chips, I was really enjoying the fish to mix up the flavours of my palette.
To really add to the mix, I even broke away from the meal and occasionally opted for a small bite of lemon to completely alter my taste buds. After about half an hour, ‘The Wall’ started to come into affect. I was struggling to put anymore food in my mouth and asked for a cup of black coffee to see if I could vanquish this massive meal.
Sadly, after a few more bites, I had lost the ability to swallow. My body had started rejecting the fish so, at risk of throwing up live on camera, I called it a day. I may not have completely cleared the plate, but I beat Hull and that’s all that mattered to me.
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