Duo’s secret to winning steak-eating challenge: slice thinly
CHRISTIANSBURG — Two men, four pounds of steak and five minutes.
That was the winning statline Tuesday night from the second annual steak-eating contest at Texas Roadhouse in Christiansburg.
For an entry fee of $10 per person, the 17 teams of two persons each were tasked with racing to the end of two 32-ounce steaks
The Blacksburg duo of Brad Shepherd and Taylor Linkous wasted little time chowing down and cleaned both plates in five minutes flat, besting last year’s winning time, 9:39.22, by more than four minutes.
Before the contest, Shepherd solidified himself as a contest favorite when he announced he’d previously completed the restaurant’s “Duke Challenge” in just over 19 minutes. The “Duke Challenge” consists of a single person eating a 64-ounce steak, as well as two sides and four rolls.
Shepherd’s teammate, Linkous, entered the contest with a less impressive resume but said he felt confident in the skills he’d gained from non-sanctioned meals.
“I’ve got lots of eating experience,” Linkous said. “Just not in competition.”
The pair’s combined experience paid off, as both men credited their thin-slicing technique for assisting in the victory.
“Less chewing,” Shepherd said.
Though they appeared to breeze through the contest, Shepherd, who admittedly is very anti-germs, said his limits were pushed when a rogue piece of meat fell to the restaurant’s floor.
“[I] just powered through it,” he said.
For their efforts, Shepherd and Linkous each received a Texas Roadhouse gift package including a hat, glass and eight coupons for free entrees, while each person who competed received two gift cards for free appetizers.
All proceeds from the event benefitted Special Olympics athletes in the New River Valley.
By the contest’s end, all questions as to which team had the strongest jaws had been answered; however, one question still lurked in Shepherd’s mind.
“Can we get our sides now?” he asked.
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