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VIDEO: Cape Breton pizza shop challenging people to eat 12-pound donair

Alexandra's Pizza owner Justin Ayre holds a 12-pound donair at the Charlotte Street location on Tuesday. The shop is offering $2,000 — $1,000 in cash and a $1,000 charitable donation — to anyone who can consume the colossal combination of spicy shaved beef, tomatoes, onions and sweet garlic sauce, which is wrapped up in a pita the size of a large pizza, in 90 minutes. On the wall in the background are Joel Hansen and competitive eating champion Randy Santel, who both completed the pizza shop’s previous six-pound donair challenge.
Alexandra's Pizza owner Justin Ayre holds a 12-pound donair at the Charlotte Street location on Tuesday. The shop is offering $2,000 — $1,000 in cash and a $1,000 charitable donation — to anyone who can consume the colossal combination of spicy shaved beef, tomatoes, onions and sweet garlic sauce, which is wrapped up in a pita the size of a large pizza, in 90 minutes. On the wall in the background are Joel Hansen and competitive eating champion Randy Santel, who both completed the pizza shop’s previous six-pound donair challenge. - Chris Connors
SYDNEY, N.S. —

A Cape Breton pizza shop is doubling down on its belly-busting donair dare.

Alexandra's Pizza in Sydney is offering $2,000 — $1,000 in cash and a $1,000 charitable donation — to anyone who can eat an enormous 12-pound donair (that’s larger than your average house cat) in 90 minutes.

So far no one has attempted to consume the colossal combination of spicy shaved beef, tomatoes, onions and sweet garlic sauce, which is wrapped up in a pita the size of a large pizza, owner Justin Ayre told the Cape Breton Post.

“A lot of talk but nobody’s tried it,” said Ayre, who made national headlines in early 2018 when Alexandra’s began challenging people to eat one of their six-pound donairs.

He said decided to double the size — and the prize — after Joel Hansen, the first person to conquer the six-pound challenge, unofficially set the world record by eating 10 pounds of donairs at a Halifax eatery.

While Hansen, a fitness model and competitive eater who is originally from P.E.I., had to scarf down 19 regular-sized donairs to make that claim, the King of Donair restaurant began offering a 10-pound donair contest.

“They kind of copied our idea with the 10-pound challenge,” said Ayre. “We called our the donair the Champ, and they even called their donair the Champ, too. So I basically said, ‘I’ll call that and raise you two extra pounds.’”


BY THE DOZEN

Alexandra's Pizza on Charlotte Street in Sydney is challenging people to eat a 12-pound donair. Here are some things that weight about 12 pounds:

  • 1 gallon of paint
  • 1 large house cat
  • 30 hockey pucks
  • 40 D-cell batteries
  • 60 decks of cards
  • 100 golf balls
  • 120 hotdogs
  • 950 quarters
  • 1,500 dice
  • 5,000 jelly beans
  • 30,000 rain drops
  • 200,000 grains of rice
  • 1 million grains of sand
  • 8.5 million grains of sugar
  • 95 million grains of salt

Alexandra’s has several locations in Cape Breton but the donair contest is being staged at the Charlotte Street shop. Manager Melissa Hemmings said contenders need to call one day in advance, mainly because the pita has to be specially made. It costs $150, including $75 in advance, and participants must also sign a waiver.

“Nobody has attempted it. A few people are talking about buying it for Christmas parties, but no one has stepped up the plate. There’s a lot of talkers out there, though,” Hemmings said, adding that she thinks someone could defeat their donair.

“I think it is possible, but we’ll have to wait and see.”

The sauce, tomatoes and onions for a 12-pound donair.
The sauce, tomatoes and onions for a 12-pound donair.

Ayre said he expects a few people will take a crack at culinary history over the holidays when Cape Bretoners working in Western Canada return home for Christmas. However, he won’t be one of them.

“Myself? No. I can barely eat a small donair.”

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