Manc v. Food at TV21 – And the Food Won

Only be one winner – and this time around it was the grub…

It was the food fight of the decade but in a Manc v. Food competition there could only be one winner – and this time around it was the grub…

“…the gut-buster special was 30cm tall and contained 1kg of burger patties plus a bucket load of sides…”

Last Tuesday tea time saw Mancunians with a huge appetite for life munching bigger than their bellies in a stomach-churning challenge Manc v Food.

Based on the infamous TV show Man v. Food, the TV themed bar /restaurant TV21 eatery in the Northern Quarter called for a dozen volunteers to munch their monster burger.

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For TV 21, Manchester’s original Americana, it was the mother of all food gauntlets and tied in perfectly with their theme.

Normally made for four to share, the gut-buster special was 30cm tall and contained 1kg of burger patties plus onion rings, hash browns, eggs, bacon, cheese, mustard, mayo and salad! There were also a hearty helping of hand-cut chips on the side with Texas red chili.

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You’d also normally have to finish the lot to reap any reward, but on June 11 due to nobody actually finishing the monster, we weighed the leftovers and announced runners up.

A fellow named Christian Graham had the least leftovers of burger therefor announced winner.

“I think I already have a protein hangover!”

Challenger Jonathan Ward said after the challenge: ”I think I already have a protein hangover! And I feel like I need to give birth to a cow!”

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All were welcome to cheer their food heroes on accompanied a few bottles of Budweiser or glasses of Prosecco on arrival. The winners got both a TV21, I heart Manchester t-shirt and the burger for free.

Said TV 21’s Adrienne: “now we’re associated with the I Love Manchester website, and after a fun, action-packed evening we want to hear from Mancunians who think they’re Manc enough to beat our burger at the next Manc v. Food event!”

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Terms and conditions were: TV21 or event organisers are not responsible for people spontaneously combusting, nor health conditions nor any stains on your clothing. If you don’t finish the challenge you will be fined £30 for the chef and cleaners trouble.


To enter or nominate a contender for the next event email [email protected].

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