Guinness Book World Record Most Expensive Meal

April 13, 2012 by staff 

Guinness Book World Record Most Expensive Meal, Here’s a look at the Guinness World Records adjudicators at record attempts around the world. The Guinness World Records is infamous for recording incredible, zany and outrageous achievements — especially when it comes to food. Titles such as the largest iced tea, longest hot dog or the fastest chocolate truffle eater are no small achievements and highly coveted awards.

So you’d think it takes a special someone who’d want to spent their life traveling around the world ensuring that these records are legitimate, right? We talked to the folks at the Guinness World Records to find out what were some of the craziest foodie adventures they’ve been on and what really goes on behind the scenes.

But first –how exactly do you become an adjudicator of food record-breaking attempts?

Records manager Johanna Hessling had been working in the media business and simply found out about an open position at GWR through word of mouth. Fellow records manager and adjudicator Kimberly Partrick found her job on the Internet.

“It seemed too good to be true and luckily it wasn’t,” says Partrick, who frequently dines out and was more than happy to be given the “Food and Drink” category to oversee.

Partrick has judged approximately 45 record attempts, traveling to a plethora of location including upper Michigan, Calgary, and small towns in Mexico –and at each place food sharing is a big part of the contest.

Last August, she ventured to Tulsa, Okla. to adjudicate restaurant Chik-fil-A’s attempt to concoct the world’s largest sweet iced tea. The company produced 912 gallons of tea and employed the use of a 72 pound tea bag.

“It was actually really challenging to extract the bag from the cup,” Partrick said laughing. “It took a fire truck, an additional truck, and a forklift to get it out.”

After the record was made official, Chik-fil-A doled out glasses of the winning beverage to onlookers using pumps installed on the bottom of the large cup.

“[Food wasting] is a sensitive issue,” said senior corporate adjudications manager Danny Girton, Jr, who added that the food and drink at all of the record breaking attempts is either sold or given out to onlookers.

“You always have to distribute [the food],” Hessling said echoing Girton’s sentiments. Hessling adjudicated at both the world’s longest hot dog and largest margarita competitions.

After the hot dog record was deemed legitimate-back on July 15 in Paraguay at 203.8 meters-2,000 pieces were handed out to attendees at the exposition where the event took place. The celebration was for the country’s 200th birthday.

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