Eric Donovan, 43, from Cork city, took on the “Godfather” challenge at the city’s Tony’s Bistro at the weekend and became the first person to eat every morsel of what’s believed to be the country’s largest breakfast.
“I was quite emotional when I finished and relieved it was over,” Eric said last night.
Tony’s Bistro added the €29.95 breakfast, which features half a pound of sausages, a packet of rashers, and bowls of beans, mushrooms, and chips, to its menu before Christmas.
“I heard about this pub in England that had a record for the world’s largest fry-up,” said Bistro boss Jonathan O’Connor. “So I thought Cork is famous for its food and we should go one step further so we came up with the ‘Godfather’.”
He then threw down the gauntlet — beat the Godfather and it’s free.
More than 70 hungry punters took on the challenge in December, and failed, with Tony’s donating €1,000 to Cork Simon.
“A few people have come close. One man left just two slices of toast and one slice of brown bread. We couldn’t believe it and we were encouraging him to finish it, but he was cooked,” said Jonathan.
But Eric, a father of four from Ballyvolane, stepped up to the mark on Saturday to raise funds for the Cope Foundation, which helps his eldest son, Eoin, 13.
Cheered on by family and friends, he cleared his plate after an epic two-and-a-half hour man versus food session at the North Main St cafe.
He tackled the eggs first, before moving on to each of the breakfast’s 13 individual components, clearing each one before moving on to the next.
“Every mouthful was a struggle. Enjoying it went out the door,” Eric said.
“I just wanted to get through it. There were several times when I felt like giving up, but it was definitely mind over matter at the end.”
Eric gives basic life support classes around Munster, which includes teaching people how to give CPR to heart attack victims, said he felt he was having a coronary yesterday after the feast. “But if I don’t get one after this, I’ll never get one,” he joked.
Tony’s Bistro donated €500 to Cope, pushing Eric’s fundraising close to the €1,200 mark.
Jonathan said he hopes at some stage to have an official from the Guinness Book of Records witness a successful Godfather challenge, and verify it as a record — but Eric won’t be involved.
“I have no intention of ever doing it again,” he said.
* If you would like to donate to Eric’s charity visit http://exa.mn/eric
Eric’s epic breakfast was made up of:
* 8 Horgan’s Irish sausages
* 6 smoked rashers
* 6oz sirloin steak
* 4 hash browns
* 4 slices of Clonakilty black and white pudding
* 2 fried eggs
* 2 scrambled eggs
* 2 bowls of chips
* 3 fried tomatoes
* 1 bowl of baked beans
* 1 bowl of sauteed mushrooms
* 1 bowl of fried onion rings
* 6 slices of toast
* 3 slices of soda bread
* All washed down with a bucket of tea or coffee
* The monster breakfast is €29.95, but is free if you finish it.