Lorry driver Carl Harrison enjoys his food and loves a challenge. So the 41-year-old father of five could not resist the chance of eating a monster meal for nothing while raising money for Red Nose Day.
All he had to do was finish everything on his plate inside an hour.
But, when the jaw-dropping dish was served at the Red Lion in Brereton, he realised he had bitten off a lot more than he could chew.
The Pithead burger had two pounds of fresh mince inside a specially made giant bun along with four eggs, mushrooms, onion rings and chips. Mr Harrison, from Railway Lane, Burntwood, gamely tucked into the feast but 20 minutes later he was a beaten man.
"It’s lovely but I’ve hit the wall,” he confessed before pushing away the near half-full plate last night.
His 48-year-old partner Nicki Clements had already given up trying to finish her Coalseam Pie, a daunting mix of steak and ale with black pudding, cheesy mash and puff pastry that was so big it would have tested cow pie-loving Desperate Dan.
Mr Harrison’s dining companions, relatives Jon and Lydia Harrison, from Poplar Street, Norton Canes, aged 37 and 39 respectively, also failed the challenge that has defeated each of the 44 people brave enough to try it since its launch by 55-year-old Red Lion proprietor Bill Wilkinson two weeks ago.
“I got the idea watching Man Vs Food on the TV,” he explained.” I thought it would be good fun to try something similar with some local delicacies while raising some money for charity. the response has been fantastic.”
Anybody who does successfully complete the challenge gets a refund of the £15.95-a-head meal with a similar amount donated to Comic Relief.