Courtesy of Tony Carter
Scott Bickel, 20, wants to be the world’s best competitive eater.
“One day I want to be able to eat 25 pounds,” he said.
Bickel, a former Marine from North Royalton, Ohio, a suburb south of Cleveland, was inspired by something he saw on television last year.
“I saw the Nathan’s Hot Dog Competition on TV and I knew I wanted to dedicate my life to it,” Bickel said.
Some of Bickel’s greatest eating moments have included consuming five pounds of roast beef and mashed potatoes from Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, finishing the entire “2 for $20” menu from Applebee’s, which consists of 13 pounds of food and more than 23,000 calories, and completing the five-pound grilled cheese Melt Challenge from Melt Bar and Grilled in Cleveland in less than 19 minutes. It took “Man v. Food” host, Adam Richman, nearly an hour to accomplish the same feat.
Bickel is coming to The Lantern newsroom Saturday to show off his skills. He will be eating as many Raising Cane’s chicken strips as he can in 30 minutes.
The challenge will be in preparation for his upcoming eating competitions at Hang Over Easy on Neil Avenue Feb. 11 and 19.