Monday, February 14, 2011

Meet the “Eatcredibles.”

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By Amy Ma ASWJ

They call themselves the “Eatcredibles.” Made up of roughly 50 members in Hong Kong, they share a common passion: competitive eating.

A few weeks ago, diners at the Langham Hotel’s Main Street Deli witnessed two of them in action as they each wolfed down a 10-layer, 1.5-kilogram sandwich that spans 50 centimeters in height and is stuffed with fillings that include bratwurst, Kobe beef burger, Australian lamb kebabs and herb-crusted roast pork.

The “Serious Sandwich,” priced at 518 Hong Kong dollars (US$67), is not part of an eating competition, but Chris Lam, who finished in 19 minutes, and Sam Chiu, who finished in 24 minutes, regularly take on these challenges for practice.

Eatcredibles was started five years ago by Taylor Mak, a laboratory technician by day who has participated in 50 eating competitions since he established the group. (The group is not affiliated with the Major League Eating association or the International Federation of Competitive Eating, which organize the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest in New York.)

Bail Us, Bale

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Manchester United have put Tottenham star Gareth Bale at the head of their summer wanted list.

Sir Alex Ferguson will have to pay out in excess of £40million for the exciting Welsh star and will face stiff opposition from the likes of Barcelona and Real ­Madrid.

But Ferguson sees Bale as the long-term replacement for fellow-Welshman Ryan Giggs who is nearing the end of his illustrious career at Old Trafford.

There will be fierce ­competition for Bale who has emerged as one of the most exciting young talents in the Premier League over the last two years.