Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Hey! That's Na-cho Record!

The Proud Hubby


Over the last month or so, The Hubby has been very busy preparing to break a world record, and on Saturday he achieved that goal.  What world record, you ask?


A very important one, of course.


While I'm sure that every world record recorded by Guinness is special and important to someone, this one is particularly close to the hearts of many:  Mexican Food.


Yes, he broke the World Record for the largest plate of nachos.


 

A volunteer adding the finishing touches.  It smelled wonderful!

The Hubby works in the food service industry, and he's been talking for years about breaking a Guinness Record for some type of giant food, and now he's finally done it.  With the help of several sponsors and lots of volunteers, he and the rest of his staff built an 80-foot long plate of nachos out of chips, ground beef, cheese, salsa, pico de gallo, jalapenos, and fresh cilantro that weighed in at 4,689 pounds.

I spent most of the time taking photos

The event took place on Saturday, April 21st at the Kansas Relays, an annual track and field event held at Memorial Stadium on the KU campus.


A representative from Guinness was there to test the quality and certify that the previous record was indeed broken, and it was--by an astounding 690 pounds.  


What do you do with 4,689 pounds of nachos?  You eat 'em, of course!  Volunteers scooped up heaping plates of the record-breaking snack food to hungry fans and athletes for two hours.  They were super-delicious, if I do say so myself.

A volunteer serves up a plate.  They tasted much better than they looked. ;)

Those track and field kids can EAT, too.  I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes, but some of them came back for seconds and thirds.  I'm not sure how they all run and jump with a bellies full of nachos, but I'm assuming many of them had already competed in their events by then.  :)


Was it gluttonous?  Of course!  Was it wasteful?  Not so much.  By the time the nachos were below safe serving temperatures (the health department kept close watch), over 70% of the creation was consumed.


The Kid was not as excited to be there as we were.
What about all the hungry people out there?, you may be thinking.  Don't worry; they're being taken care of as well.  The whole event acted as a benefit for L.I.N.K. Kitchen, a local food kitchen that serves up free meals to the homeless five days a week.  Volunteers collected canned food items and cash donations at the door in exchange for each plate of nachos.  Since L.I.N.K. is funded entirely by private donations, the event helped out the charity tremendously. 


All-in-all, it was a successful event.  I'm glad it's over.  The whole process was very stressful and tiring.  Let's hope that one world record is enough and The Hubby won't set his sights on creating The World's Biggest Taco or The World's Spiciest Burrito or The World's Largest Margarita.



On second thought, that last one's not such a bad idea...I'd better start hoarding tequila.  ;)
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