QUINCY -- A competitive eater will attempt to become the fourth person to successfully complete the Mississippi Monster Burger Challenge at Quincy's Red Light Bar and Grill.
According to his website, Randy Santel will begin the challenge about 7 p.m. Friday. The Herald-Whig attempted to reach out to Santel prior to the publication of this story,= but did not hear back.
Santel, a native of St. Louis, is a former collegiate football player at Missouri State University, who began attempting food challenges in 2013. Since then, Santel has become the world record-holder for most successful food challenges completed. As of June 10, Santel had successfully completed 735 food challenges in the United States and in 32 other countries.
Red Light Bar and Grill co-owner Kala Breder said she and the restaurant staff are excited to see Santel attempt -- and very likely -- complete the food challenge.
"We've definitely all been talking about," said Breder, who went onto say that she was shocked to receive a phone call from Santel saying he wanted to attempt the challenge.
The challenge includes consuming seven 1/3-pound cheese burgers that are served with lettuce, tomato and onion. In addition, the burgers are served with two pounds of curly fries and a loaded baked potato that when served weighs slightly more than two pounds.
The food must all be consumed within 45 minutes, Breder said.
"It is a lot of food," Breder said. "I think the fries and the loaded baked potato are the hardest part. All those carbs in the stomach just expand."
Since the restaurant opened in October Breder said about 10 professional eaters have attempted the challenge. Three have completed it. She said that few local residents have attempted to complete the Mississippi Monster Burger Challenge.
The restaurant will be open to area residents who wish to watch Santel attempt the food challenge. Breder said she would just ask that those interested in watching make reservations, though they aren't required.