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Woman Holds World Record For The Fastest Time To Eat Chocolate Orange

Woman Holds World Record For The Fastest Time To Eat Chocolate Orange

Many of you probably reckon you can put away an entire Terry's Chocolate Orange in what seems like no time at all, as one segment turns into two, and two segments into accidentally scoffing the whole thing. But could you polish one off in just one minute and five seconds?

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Leah Shutkever managed to do precisely that earlier this year, having managed to break a world record after wolfing down the much-loved chocolate treat in an unprecedented time.

Shutkever, 29, is a freelance designer from Birmingham - but she's also a professional competitive eater, which might explain her success with this one.

She told LADbible: "This particular World Record title was my first, and proposed to me by a TV programme I was filming with. I had beaten it unofficially for YouTube a few weeks beforehand and they were keen to get that official win on the show.

Credit: Leah Shutkever/Twitter
Credit: Leah Shutkever/Twitter

"It's safe to say I caught the bug for it since then! I now have five Guinness World Record titles and the process is very detailed - from finding the title you want to attempt, applying for it, receiving a long list of rules and guidelines and then submitting evidence, which consists of several camera angles, photo evidence of the attempt, witness statements and timekeeper statements.

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"It can take up to 12 weeks to learn if your attempt has then been successful."

While smashing world records is now a walk in the park for Leah, she admitted she met some unexpected challenges when tackling the Chocolate Orange as her first attempt, having quickly learned that things can be completely derailed in a matter of seconds.

Leah said there are 'several factors' to consider, explaining: "The box must remain untouched until the timer starts. Opening the box and getting into that foil - under pressure - was a challenge in itself!

The box must remain untouched until the timer starts. Credit: Channel 5/Daisy Beck Studios
The box must remain untouched until the timer starts. Credit: Channel 5/Daisy Beck Studios

"Chocolate is also very temperamental. If it gets too hot it gets claggy and that's super difficult to eat fast, and cold chocolate is sharp, so the temperature of the water you're drinking and the time it spends in your mouth is an important factor, which is likely overlooked."

Then, of course, there's the fact you're eating something so delicious.

She added: "The moment you register flavour you will slow down, so that needs not cross your mind."

If you're sat there thinking you could do better, Leah's kindly offered up a few pieces of advice about how to beat her.

She said: "Watch how I did it, notice where I lost seconds or struggled with the wrapper.

"Get in a zone, establish a strategy, move fast and let nothing distract you. You've got this!

Leah taking on a 96oz steak. Credit: Leah Shutkever/Twitter
Leah taking on a 96oz steak. Credit: Leah Shutkever/Twitter

Previously, the record was held by a man called Adrian Blake, who took the crown with an extremely respectable one minute and 16 seconds.

He only found out he'd been beaten when Shutkever's attempt appeared on Channel 5 programme Britain's Favourite Chocolate.

Thankfully, he's got no hard feelings towards Leah.

He told us: "She seems pretty cool all around to be fair. Even if I do hate her for taking my glory."

Adrian added: "I actually had to eat a larger orange, since they shrank them... But I did the maths and she still ate more per second.

"It was a pretty decisive win on her part."

As for what's next for Leah, she said she wants to keep working on her YouTube channel to create a UK vs. FOOD series, which will involve 'reviewing weird and wonderful foods, ordering entire menus at the UK's most underrated venues' and food challenges worldwide to 'win some gold back for Great Britain!'

She added: "Oh, and lots more world records titles for sure!"

LADbible has contacted Guinness World Records for comment.

Featured Image Credit: Channel 5/Daisy Beck Studios

Topics: Food, News

Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]

 

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