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Ravenous Randy scoffs an entire 34-piece Ulster fry... in 10 minutes

By Amanda Ferguson

An American food challenge aficionado has scoffed Belfast's biggest cooked breakfast in just 10 minutes and eight seconds.

Randy Santel, a "professional eater and bodybuilder" from St Louis, Missouri, devoured the The Newton Cafe Brunch Bar's gut-busting Goliath XXL - 34-piece fry - as part of a 47-day food challenge tour across the UK and Ireland.

It was the 28-year-old's first time sampling a full Ulster breakfast.

At the Newtownards Road venue yesterday, he ate four pieces of soda bread, four pieces of potato bread, four pancakes, four sausages, four rashers of bacon, three eggs, three pieces of toast, two hash brown, two black puddings, tomatoes, baked beans, mushrooms and chips.

"It was a very good breakfast," a very full Randy told the Belfast Telegraph.

The Goliath XXL has beaten hundreds of men and women, but in November 2013 north Belfast man Marty Cooper became the first person to complete the fry challenge, setting a time of 44 minutes.

The current record time to beat - an astonishing seven minutes and 46 seconds - is held by US man 'Notorious Bob'.

Randy, who holds 214 food challenge titles across eight countries, said he was quite taken with potato bread and hoped to eat it again soon.

"I have been to Northern Ireland before but this is my first visit to Belfast," he said. "I had not had breakfast up here before. It was delicious.

"The potato bread I've never had before, it was very good."

The cafe's assistant manager Angela Young said: "It was brilliant. He did it very quickly. He dipped his soda bread into his Diet Coke!"

Randy has also taken on burger challenges in Belfast and Coalisland before he heads to Edinburgh for Hogmanay.

At New Year in Scotland he will take on eight food challenges before heading to England, and then it's back to Ireland for a pizza challenge in Dublin and burger challenges in Athlone and Galway.

Randy has this advice for anyone interested in becoming a food challenge master.

"Train, strategise and dominate," he said.

"You have to make sure you stomach capacity is ready to expand enough.

"Eat food in certain orders, and you have to have a good mindset and visualise yourself finishing."

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