Are you really hungry for breakfast? How about an 8,000 calorie meal?

In the race for gluttonous offerings, we may now have a champion: the  Hibernator. Thank goodness, this breakfast can only be found across the Atlantic in Britain at the Bear Grills Café  in Congleton, south of Manchester.

While the meal itself costs only  £19.95 (never mind the pounds you may accumulate from its consumption), you can get a prize of  £100 if you finish the challenge of devouring the entire meal.

I get the name Hibernator. Considering what’s on the menu, it’s understandable that even finishing a portion of the breakfast would render you unable to move.

This is what’s included:  eight sausages, eight slices of bacon, four hash browns, four fried eggs, a four-egg cheese omelette, four waffles, four black puddings, beans, tomatoes, mushroom, fries, four slices  of plain toast and four pieces of fried bread (plus butter) and a 32-ounce strawberry milkshake topped off with a giant dollop of whipped cream.

Small wonder you need  to sign a waiver beforehand releasing the café from any responsibility should you feel unwell after eating what you can.

There are two issues that arise for me. One is the obvious promotion of gluttony and making a joke of overeating. Even for those who can’t make much of a dent in the ridiculous breakfast, they will have obviously still consumed far too many calories.

Secondly, there’s the issue of food waste. The entire breakfast is set out before the diner, or should I say, glutton, and whatever is not eaten is obviously trash. Why not let the individual order each course as they can?

What a shame to waste so much food. Are there no food banks in Congleton?


What are your thoughts about these kinds of  gluttonous challenges? Please share in the comment section below.

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Author:Rosie Schwartz

Rosie Schwartz is a Toronto-based consulting dietitian and writer.

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6 Comments on “Are you really hungry for breakfast? How about an 8,000 calorie meal?”

  1. Fern Sanders
    October 6, 2014 at 2:29 pm #

    Don’t they give doggy bags?

  2. October 6, 2014 at 3:07 pm #

    Probably not, Fern. It may be similar to the all-you-can-eat buffet!

  3. Elaine
    October 6, 2014 at 3:38 pm #

    Examples can be found all over the world. The Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas offers a 9982 calorie burger. And people who weigh over 350 lbs. eat free. It made me shudder.

  4. October 6, 2014 at 5:05 pm #

    Elaine, I hadn’t realized that the Heart Attack Grill had boosted their caloric offerings but apparently, they have now added an optional 20 slices of bacon to up the calories on that burger. And the Grill appears to be happy to boast that they’ve had a number of customers die there. Go figure!

  5. gail.grzebinski
    June 9, 2018 at 9:31 am #

    I have always hated eating contests for exactly your reasons…promotion of gluttony and food waste. The food we waste in the first world is a slap in the face to people everywhere who cannot afford sufficient food to appease hunger and/or stay healthy.

    How have we come to accept waste, and not just of food, so unconscionably?

    • June 11, 2018 at 11:26 pm #

      It is indeed very sad, Gail. We need to work towards change and considering that awareness is the first step in the process, we’re making a start!

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