Nebraska woman devours two 72-ounce steak meals — in less than 15 minutes

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AMARILLO, Texas -- The Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo, Texas, has lured many eaters over the decades in an attempt to devour its 72-ounce steak meal in one hour. If it's done, the meal is free.

Many have tried. Many, many more have failed.

On Monday, Molly Schuyler ate two of the meals -- in less than 15 minutes, the Amarillo Globe-News reported.

“We witnessed history,” Big Texan co-owner Danny Lee told the newspaper. “If there’s a zombie apocalypse, I want to stay away from this girl.”

The meal consists of a shrimp cocktail, baked potato, salad, roll and the steak. According to the restaurant's website, the meal must be consumed in an hour, otherwise, the cost is $72.

Schuyler is a competitive eater from Bellevue, Neb. She devoured a medium-rare steak in less than 5 minutes to set the record for the fastest time to eat the massive dinner.

Then she had seconds.

“The second one, I wasn’t going really for time,” she told the newspaper. “There was no point. I had to do it in under an hour, so I was fine.”

Schulyer, all of 5-foot-7 and weighing 125 pounds, calls herself a “bottomless pit.” In January, she woofed down 363 wings in a half-hour competition in Philadelphia but wanted to take on the Big Texan's challenge.

“Molly had called about a year ago, and we took it as a hoax,” Lee said. “This little girl walked in here and … she’s one of the daintiest, smallest ladies that I’ve see try the 72-ounce steak.”

Schuyler said she'll be back and will try to scarf down three steak dinners in one setting.

Her advice?

“Just be careful when you eat steak,” she said. “It’s a very chokeable food.”


    • Mary

      I’m not saying that it’s a good thing to eat that much in one sitting – but it’s only wasting food if she (unlike most competitive eaters) throws up after devouring a meal like this. Or are you suggesting that you have the right to tell a person (especially one who is normal weight) how much he or she has the right to eat in one sitting? I know I don’t eat that much over the course of several days (although I have been known to eat a pound of cherries or watermelon in one sitting) – but I’ve also got a brother who got the “Bullshipper” (a 50 oz porter house with all the trimmings) free at the Trail Dust some years ago (he’s over 6′ tall, slim – and at the time, hollow from the chin down) – and he had room for dessert (although granted it took him closer to an hour than a matter of minutes).

      • roni

        I too have eaten a pound of cherries in one sitting, but I didn’t do it in a minute and a half!!!! Do the math! That’s the time it took to eat one pound of food! I again say, where is it REALLY going?!?!?

    • Mary

      You need to read up on The International Federation of Competitive Eating . From their website:
      “Major League Eating is the world body that oversees all professional eating contests. The organization, which developed competitive eating and includes the sport’s governing body, the International Federation of Competitive Eating, helps sponsors to develop, publicize and execute world-class eating events in all varieties of food disciplines. ”

      I’m not saying it’s normal – or that I agree that this is a “sport” – but there are competitions regularly where folks do this for their “15 minutes of fame” – and interestingly the women who do this are often “tiny little things” – this woman has also wolfed down a 9 pound burrito in 15 minutes, so a 5 pound meal seems within the realm of probability (especially since the restaurant in question WATCHED so they wouldn’t be cheated out of their $72 for the meal). There’s an article about her (in an Indian “paper”) titled “Meet world’s No.1 competitive eating woman who is still size 8!”

      • roni

        I call BS too!!! 9 pounds plus sides??? She might be eating it, but where is it really going???

  • Brian

    “Many have tried. Many, many more have failed.”

    I don’t want to start any trouble, but how exactly would one fail without trying? Shouldn’t the number of people who have failed be smaller than the number of people who have failed?

    Proofread much, Chuck?

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