When it comes to food challenges, Leeds has loads for you to try, from sky-high piles of meat to feasts that will blow your head off.
Whether you’re in it for the bragging rights or just want a free meal, these almighty food challenges are some of the toughest in Leeds. They range from hotter than hell chicken wings to loaded burgers and humongous chippy teas – but if you think you can pull it off, you could well be Leeds’ next gastronomic champ.
Tapped Leeds’ Challenge Pizza
Tapped’s Challenge Pizza is what they call a ‘furious disc of agony’, and you have just 30 minutes to eat every bit. They use a lethal sauce that contains drops of a secret ingredient that measures nearly seven million units on the Scoville scale. It’s topped with ‘nduja sausage, jalapenos, Scotch bonnets and Naga chilies. You can’t leave your seat, you can’t even touch the teasing glass of milk in front of you and you can’t use cutlery or napkins. And if you do it? You get your £25 meal for free and win a t-shirt, a £25 Tapped gift voucher, a bottle of hot sauce and your name on the board.
Tapped Leeds, 51 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5EL.
Mojo’s Mad Dog Challenge
It’ll be pain at first sight with these bad boys. There’s no stopping the burning tears from streaming once you’ve caught the scent of Mojo’s Mad Dog food challenge. You have to gnaw five chicken wings to the bone in less than five minutes without leaving the table, taking a drink or wiping your face. It’s not easy, but it wouldn’t be a challenge if it was. Get your cocky friend, the hero who goes for ‘Extra Hot’ sauce at Nando’s, to taste this genuinely spicy chicken. The £5.95 dish kicks so hard that it needs a disclaimer and competitors have to wear latex gloves. Brutal.
Mojo, 18 Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PQ
Greasy Pig’s Paralyser
Hyde Park’s Greasy Pig is well loved for its handy hangover cures, whether that’s big breakfasts or refreshing shakes and smoothies. One menu item that probably won’t make you feel better is the Paralyser – it’s in the name after all. Their fuller-than-full English sees four bacon rashers, sausages, eggs, hash browns and toast, as well as mushrooms, tomatoes, black pudding and baked beans all loaded onto a plate. We’re struggling just thinking about it, but if you’ve got the stomach to finish it, and in under 12 minutes at that, you get the £12 plate for free.
Greasy Pig, 74 Victoria Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1DL.
MEATLiquor’s Triple Chilli Challenge
It will come as no surprise to see MEATliquor offering up an almighty food challenge. The carnivorous restaurant specialises in the meatiest of dishes and this one brings together everything they love. You’ll be presented with the Green Chili Cheeseburger, a Chili Dog and a plate of Chili Cheese Fries on a big tray for £25.75, which might not seem too bad, but then consider that they’re all topped with a couple of handfuls of jalapeños and it’s absolutely massive. Polish it all off in 10 minutes and it’s free.
MEATliquor, Trinity Leeds, Bank Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AT.
Leeds’ two Flaming Grill pubs have seven food challenges for you to choose from and they change on the regular. The Apocalypse Cow Burger is four massive beef burgers with onion rings, corn on the cob, coleslaw, a stack of seasoned fries and Texan BBQ Sauce or you can try the Pub on a Platter which brings together two racks of ribs, 4 chicken wings and an XL flame-grilled cheese and bacon burger. There are also wings and ice cream challenges, but the big one is their Ultimate Hunter’s Pizza Steak – you get a whopping 48-ounce steak topped with bacon, BBQ sauce, onions, melted cheese and a host of sides.
The Angel Inn, 55 Wakefield Road, Rothwell, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS26 0SF and The Bridgewater Arms, Cardigan Fields, Kirkstall Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2DG.
The Chilli Shop Challenge Tables
Chillies don’t always blow your head off, and down at The Chilli Shop in the Merrion Centre, you’ll be able to find plenty of ways to spice up your dinner without bringing a tear to the eye. But, that doesn’t stop them from offering you two of the most fearsome food challenges in Leeds – and they’re free to play. The Chilli Challenge table will see you go head-to-head with a friend to see who can handle the hottest chilli – they even have a sick bucket ready and waiting just in case.
The Chilli Shop, 82 Arena Mall, Merrion Centre, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8NG.
Queen Street Fisheries
If you love fish and chips, Queen Street Fisheries has the ultimate food challenge for you. Their Queeny Special promises 32 ounces of battered fish, with five portions of chips, six onion rings, two bread rolls and two sides of your choice. It costs £15.99, but it’s free if you can finish the lot within 45 minutes – nobody has so far, will you be the first?
Queen Street Fisheries, 80 Queen Street, Morley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS27 9BP.Feature image copyright: Contakt Photography.