Breaking into NYC’s restaurant business is difficult, but this might be the toughest way to do it.
Modern Mexican taqueria Don Chingon in Park Slope has issued The Grand Chignon Challenge: Eat all of their specialty 30-pound burrito in one hour, and you win 10 percent ownership of the restaurant (if you can survive to claim it). Just for comparison, the average Chipotle burrito clocks in at 1.5 pounds.
"Giving away the restaurant seemed like the perfect prize,” says owner Victor Robey. “If you are going to eat a massive amount of food and gain 25-30 pounds in a single sitting, you deserve real compensation. Some restaurants will put your name on the wall; we'll give you the wall!
The monster, created by executive chef German Villatoro, will contain four kinds of meat — steak, chicken, carnitas and chorizo — plus rice, beans, cheese and salsa. And just because that’s not enough of a kick in the pants, you’re washing it down with a ghost pepper margarita.
Robey says the idea came from watching a YouTube video of competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi eating 16 pounds of noodles. “I said, ‘If he can double that, I would give him the restaurant.”
Anyone crazy enough to try the challenge will get a T-shirt to commemorate their performance. If you’re not in it for management rights but still want to experience what 30 pounds of food looks like, bring some friends for a shot at “prize packages scaled to the size of the group."
Here are the rules:
• All contestants must pay $150 for the dish.
• Contestants get one hour to finish (touching the burrito starts the clock).
• No bathroom breaks; any “discharge of bodily fluids of any kind” will result in disqualification.
• Don Chingon will not accept any responsibility for death or illness.
• Ownership of Don Chingon or any prizes won during the competition are non-transferable upon death.
Seems as fair as any contract with a death clause can be.