A 120-pound mother of four pitted herself up against teams of football players and wrestlers to determine who could eat the most steak over the course of one hour at the Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo, Texas. The contest has been occurring since 1960 and Molly Schuyler devoured her competition by a landslide. During the competition, Schuyler ate three 72 ounce steaks, three baked potatoes, three side salads, three shrimp cocktails, and three rolls, all in only twenty minutes. Although the feat may seem unbelievable, Molly partakes in the National Eating Circuit as a professional eater. Regardless, the four teams that scarfed their steaks alongside her failed to eat as much as her.
The Washington Post reported that the rules of the contest state that “If a customer can consume a steak that size in an hour, plus sides consisting of a shrimp cocktail, baked potato, salad and a roll with butter, without getting up from the table or receiving any help, he or she gets the $72 charge refunded.” Schuyler not only ate the entire meal in the hour allowed, she ate three of them, the first taking just over four minutes.
As soon as Schuyler devoured the first meal, she began on the second, then moved on to the third. In 2014, Schuyler completed the challenge by eating two of the steak dinners in approximately fifteen minutes total. However, The Big Texan restaurant invited Molly back this year, with the pot sweetened a bit. They claimed that if Molly could eat three of the 72 ounce steak meals within an hour, not only would the meal be free, but they would pay her $5,000. To make the challenge more interesting, other participants were offered $1,000 to battle against her.
Bobby Lee, co-owner of the Big Texan, was astounded by the eating talent of Schuyler, according to The Review Journal.
“We’ve been doing this contest since 1960, and in all that time we’ve never had anybody come in to actually eat that many steaks at one time. So this is a first for us, and after 55 years of it, it’s a big deal.”
Not only did Schuyler scarf down the three 72 ounce steak meals, she even started in on her fourth, but stopped after a few bites because she became full. Schuyler was ecstatic to finish the challenge in only twenty minutes, forty minutes short of the hour she was allowed, and beat teams of guys that were much bigger than her.
“It’s free, so I’m pretty happy about that. Otherwise it would have cost me about 300 bucks.”
[Photo Courtesy: Review Journal]