With more than 10,000 followers on Instagram, Kai Chan has a growing reputation as a competitive eater.
The 24-year-old from Minneapolis posts videos and photos from the various food challenges in the Twin Cities (and other cities including New York and Hong Kong) on his account @kaieatsworld. His latest exploit? Finishing a 10-pound bowl of Pho at Saigon, in St. Paul.
He was featured this weekend in the Star Tribune's "Outta Control" video series as he tried to complete the Pho challenge for the second time in the space of a few days. He failed, but still got a T-shirt for finishing a few days earlier on a "test run."
His full-time job is as a store display designer for Target, but Chan told the newspaper he got into competitive eating when he first consumed a 5-pound, 30-inch pizza while in college in Atlanta. Given the side effects of over-consumption, he now combines his eating exploits with a tough fitness regimen.
Here's a look at some of the food challenges Chan has taken on in the Twin Cities recently.
Fat Pants Friday at 6Smith Restaurant
The Wayzata restaurant has different food challenges on "Fat Pants Fridays," and on the day Chan went, he tackled this burger.
It was topped with "stoner" fries, bacon jam smothered in roasted jalapeños/cheddar cheese, deep fried chicken tenders, beef patty, egg and a glazed donut, topped with roasted jalapeño & asparagus.
Crazy-long crepe at the India Cafe
This paperdosa – a southern Indian crepe – costs $9.99 from the India Cafe in Bloomington, comes in at 2.5 feet long, and was destroyed by Chan in 4 minutes.
The 'Joey Special' at Blaze Pizza
Not so much a "food challenge" as one of the many occasions when Chan just seems to order an awful lot. In this instance it was a Joey Special ("Two pizzas?!" – it's from Friends), at Blaze Pizza on Washington Avenue in Minneapolis.
The RJ Riches Challenge
Sun's Out Gun's Out ???? RJ Riches Challenge - Giant 2lbs blueberry pancake, 7 pieces of bacon + 1lb hashbrowns and 2 sunny-side eggs‼️???????????????? Thanks @fergy_run_wild for recommending this! ???? Muscle Fit ???? ????@eatdrinkdish.shop #KaiEatsWorld
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The restaurant at I-35 and Hwy. 10 in Mounds View charges $10.99 for its Riches Challenge, giving diners the choice of a giant pancake or a plateful of potatoes to go alongside a ton of bacon, hashbrowns and two eggs.
The Lucifer Challenge at the TinCup Bar
The bar on Rice Street in St. Paul has the Lucifer Challenge, which tasks diners to consume two 1-pound "Lucifer Lucys" (Jucy Lucys with jalapeños) and 2 pounds of fries in under 45 minutes.