Plucky diners square up in challenge to polish off cafe's 5,000-calorie ultimate breakfast

Going for gold in the breakfast Olympics

Peter Hurley with his ultimate breakfast

Johnny Franklin and Phillip Hurley take on the breakfast challenge

Phillip Hurley

Johnny Franklin

Going for gold in the breakfast Olympics

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Politics and business reporter

IT’S an Olympian breakfast feast that even champion swimmer Michael Phelps would baulk at.

But two men bravely rose to the Herculean challenge of the Fawley Cafe’s ultimate breakfast.

Five competitors before them had attempted it. All had failed.

The eating machines, renowned locally for their huge appetites, pulled up to the breakfast table to gorge on an astonishing 5,000 calories of full English.

Peter Hurley, 58, who has run the Calshot Road cafe for the past year, came up with the challenge after a 14-year-old “totally demolished” the previous biggest breakfast on his menu – the Fisherman’s.

The result was a stomach-bulging £15 platter that dwarfs even the legendary breakfast US swimmer Phelps, 27, devours to feed his 12,000 calorie-a-day performance diet.

Peter’s breakfast challenge consists of six rashers of bacon, six sausages, half a dozen fried eggs, double portions of baked beans, mushrooms and tomatoes, two quarter-pound burgers, a large portion of chunky chips, bubble and squeak, black pudding, two rounds of toast, fried bread and bread andbutter.

Phil Hurley, 33, a catering manager from Fawley, who loves his Sunday roasts, and Johnny Franklin, 23, a curry-mad jobseeker from Calshot, squared up across the table in front of an audience of well-wishers to guzzle down the food.

But after a promising start the pace began to slow, then came the burps and belches, the sweats and queasiness.

With 20 minutes remaining they had equalled the previous best, demolishing three-quarters of the plate. But it was too much for Phil, who dashed for the loo with eight minutes to go.

Johnny rubbed his belly and ploughed on, encouraged by his supporters, but he too had to quit with four minutes left on the clock. He said: “It was hard. But I’m just full up.”

Peter said: “They both did brilliantly. They cleared over three-quarters of the plate. There are not many people that can do that. The thing that kills you is the bread, and the fact the plate never seems to empty.”

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8:34am Mon 6 Aug 12

Huey says...

Sounds figging horrible.
I hope Phil got to the loo on time!
Sounds figging horrible. I hope Phil got to the loo on time! Huey
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8:55am Mon 6 Aug 12

peenut81 says...

925million people on this planet will go hungry today.
5.5million children will DIE of malnutrition this year.
Food prices are set to rise by 6-8% again next year following extreme drought in the USA and tw@ts in the City of London gambling on commodity futures.
Still i can't see why Matt Smith thought these men were 'brave' and 'Herculan', to be so greedy in such austere times
925million people on this planet will go hungry today. 5.5million children will DIE of malnutrition this year. Food prices are set to rise by 6-8% again next year following extreme drought in the USA and tw@ts in the City of London gambling on commodity futures. Still i can't see why Matt Smith thought these men were 'brave' and 'Herculan', to be so greedy in such austere times peenut81
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9:03am Mon 6 Aug 12

Lone Ranger. says...

Think the chips look a bit greasy
Think the chips look a bit greasy Lone Ranger.
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9:50am Mon 6 Aug 12

Big Mac says...

A pointless task. Sad, deluded and disgusting abuse of both food and the human body.
A pointless task. Sad, deluded and disgusting abuse of both food and the human body. Big Mac
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10:10am Mon 6 Aug 12

bigfella777 says...

Give me yoghurt and blueberries any day. I magine how tired you would feel all day after that.
Give me yoghurt and blueberries any day. I magine how tired you would feel all day after that. bigfella777
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10:11am Mon 6 Aug 12

driverbelcher says...

"By Matt Smith, Politics and business reporter"

Hahahahaha really, must be a light news day for Politics and Business then?
"By Matt Smith, Politics and business reporter" Hahahahaha really, must be a light news day for Politics and Business then? driverbelcher
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11:08am Mon 6 Aug 12

andysaints007 says...

peenut81 wrote:
925million people on this planet will go hungry today.
5.5million children will DIE of malnutrition this year.
Food prices are set to rise by 6-8% again next year following extreme drought in the USA and tw@ts in the City of London gambling on commodity futures.
Still i can't see why Matt Smith thought these men were 'brave' and 'Herculan', to be so greedy in such austere times
So please enlighten us on what you actually do to help solve this worldwide problem then!
[quote][p][bold]peenut81[/bold] wrote: 925million people on this planet will go hungry today. 5.5million children will DIE of malnutrition this year. Food prices are set to rise by 6-8% again next year following extreme drought in the USA and tw@ts in the City of London gambling on commodity futures. Still i can't see why Matt Smith thought these men were 'brave' and 'Herculan', to be so greedy in such austere times[/p][/quote]So please enlighten us on what you actually do to help solve this worldwide problem then! andysaints007
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4:04pm Mon 6 Aug 12

Ted Rogers says...

Morons one and all. From the very healthy looking owner of the greasy little cafe to the idiots who gorged themselves and especially the reporter.
Morons one and all. From the very healthy looking owner of the greasy little cafe to the idiots who gorged themselves and especially the reporter. Ted Rogers
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5:52pm Mon 6 Aug 12

TimTam says...

Perhaps as a follow on event they can see who has the highest cholesterol.
Perhaps as a follow on event they can see who has the highest cholesterol. TimTam
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7:35pm Mon 6 Aug 12

100%HANTSBOY says...

I'm absolutely disgusted !! Where the hell are the Hash Browns.......It's not a proper breakfast without Hash Browns..............
....MANAGERRRRRRRRRR
R!!
I'm absolutely disgusted !! Where the hell are the Hash Browns.......It's not a proper breakfast without Hash Browns.............. ....MANAGERRRRRRRRRR R!! 100%HANTSBOY
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8:05pm Mon 6 Aug 12

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

Oohh oohh ahaa pigging great.
Oohh oohh ahaa pigging great. Fatty x Ford Worker
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8:27pm Mon 6 Aug 12

Grammar Police says...

Gary Lineker should be ashamed of himself.............
.
Gary Lineker should be ashamed of himself............. . Grammar Police
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8:38pm Mon 6 Aug 12

pod says...

I am surprised that anyone would spend 15 quid on a breakfast, especially if they are on jobseekers.
I am surprised that anyone would spend 15 quid on a breakfast, especially if they are on jobseekers. pod
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10:11pm Mon 6 Aug 12

andysaints007 says...

Ted Rogers wrote:
Morons one and all. From the very healthy looking owner of the greasy little cafe to the idiots who gorged themselves and especially the reporter.
You forgot to mention yourself - the biggest tw*t of all! x
[quote][p][bold]Ted Rogers[/bold] wrote: Morons one and all. From the very healthy looking owner of the greasy little cafe to the idiots who gorged themselves and especially the reporter.[/p][/quote]You forgot to mention yourself - the biggest tw*t of all! x andysaints007
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10:59pm Mon 6 Aug 12

IronLady2010 says...

Why did the Echo run this story? It's the most unhealthy thing ever and nothing to do with Olympics. Stuffing junk down peoples faces should not be in News when we're trying to promote healthy things, such as the Olympics!

Thanks for ensuring I never visit this hole!
Why did the Echo run this story? It's the most unhealthy thing ever and nothing to do with Olympics. Stuffing junk down peoples faces should not be in News when we're trying to promote healthy things, such as the Olympics! Thanks for ensuring I never visit this hole! IronLady2010
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10:47am Wed 8 Aug 12

andysaints007 says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
Why did the Echo run this story? It's the most unhealthy thing ever and nothing to do with Olympics. Stuffing junk down peoples faces should not be in News when we're trying to promote healthy things, such as the Olympics!

Thanks for ensuring I never visit this hole!
What a stupid statement to a 'tongue in cheek' article!
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: Why did the Echo run this story? It's the most unhealthy thing ever and nothing to do with Olympics. Stuffing junk down peoples faces should not be in News when we're trying to promote healthy things, such as the Olympics! Thanks for ensuring I never visit this hole![/p][/quote]What a stupid statement to a 'tongue in cheek' article! andysaints007
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8:48pm Fri 10 Aug 12

cooper01 says...

My mum is half owner of that cafe so any of you lot above taking the **** can shut up if you want
My mum is half owner of that cafe so any of you lot above taking the **** can shut up if you want cooper01
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