Orpheum Theatre Marketing Intern Quentin Busey took the Kookamonga Challenge yesterday and made a valiant effort to eat the 4 lbs of beef, 2 lbs of bun, and one and a half pounds of lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions, and cheese. As of June, only 5 people out of over 2,000 have finished it in under 60 minutes. In other words, there's a 99.75% Fail rate. Two of Kookamonga's five conquerors were world-class competitive eaters.
Shawn, owner of the Kooky Canuck presented him with the Kookamonga and introduced our intrepid culinary adventurer/glutton to everyone in the restaurant. After a rousing applause, Quentin began his journey toward immortality.
He started by ignoring competitive eating wisdom that says you should start with the bun. He devoured a good portion of the meat in the first 10 minutes and showed no signs of slowing. He was focused and confident, undaunted by the burger's mammoth size. Knowing that such an amazing feat would earn him esteem and bring honor to his family, he fought through the first twinge of pain. The pain would subside, he assured himself, but his pride, the Kookamonga would not strip him of his pride.
"I literally feel like I'm going to vomit." - Quentin Busey
Quentin collected his emotions and tackled the pickles, one of his least favorite foods. Watching him eat those pickles, you wouldn't have guessed his distaste for them.
Quentin continued his consumption, digging deep inside for the strength to keep eating. And you know what? He found that strength... Well, kind of.
"I feel like I can't taste anymore." -Quentin Busey
He started to slow considerably, and his eyes glazed over. His face had lost its competitive fire, and was now serene or maybe even emotionless.
Quentin didn't take down the Kookamonga Burger that day. No, in fact, he didn't even come close. But he did show us that a person can do great things in this life if they follow their dreams. And those dreams happen to involve eating seven and a half pounds of food in one hour.
Congratulations to you, Quentin Busey- Legend among Men