Fat Tuesday got even fatter this past week at Submarine House in Centerville. The newly opened restaurant at 503 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd. was packed. Fifteen competitors were ready to take on the Super Duper Cheesesteak Challenge and their friends and family were there cheering them on. Standing room only was the atmosphere as Dayton’s favorite foodies, The Food Adventure Crew called the place to order.
Hungry Jax was the Emcee and official timekeeper was Kris Mick, past champion and cheesesteak eating legend. We were here to see if any of these big mouths could qualify for the store’s top 10 times.
What happened next was simply epic…….
— LOCAL CHEF MATT “PORK CHOP”
HAYDEN STUNS THE CROWD WITH WINNING TIME of 4 minutes 41 seconds. Rumors swirled after the event that the chef and owner of Scratch Food had been training for weeks with an unorthodox diet of ruffage, cabbage and even cauliflower to stretch his stomach. We cannot confirm this, but his time was amazing. We did notice his foot stomping and bouncing method while eating. That may have been a strategy to let the food settle, or it could have been excitement. We will never know.
We do know it was a legendary cheesesteak challenge moment and surprising highlight of the night. When Chef Hayden raised his hands and yelled “done,” he then stuck out his tongue. The crowd gave him a big pop of applause, hoots and hollers.
— DAYTON AREA SOCIALITE KAYLA BRADSTREET, REPRESENTING THE WOMEN, BEATS THE CHALLENGE and shows the men the some girl power ! Calling herself “man hands” she manhandled the sub sandwich into submission with a time of 14 minutes 20 seconds. The crowd went bonkers as she tilted her head back and sprinkled the last bits of lettuce into her mouth. She raised her hands and showed her empty mouth in triumph to the roar of women throughout the restaurant. There were cell phone flashes and people recording videos everywhere. It was
Female Food Adventure for the ages.
— CHRIS GOODE, LAST MINUTE SUBSTITUTE FOR THE CHROME DIVAS, and the thinnest contestant, destroys his Super Duper Cheesesteak in 5 minutes flat for the 2nd best time. Lesson learned, don’t ever count the little guy out. Especially if he has a mohawk! Chris tore into that sandwich and rode off into the sunset on his Harley! Thank you to the Chrome Diva’s for your support and your great representative !
—At the end of the night, the thermometer donation tally was at $686 plus approximately $180 more would be donated from $1,800 of food and drink sales in 2 hours. Not too bad, about $886 bucks for the night. We could have never done it without the participation of the contestants and the support of their friends and families. Thank you to those who came out to watch, eat and drink and who also donated money on the side. We could not have succeeded without the incredible ownership of Submarine House and their staff. Their generosity and local support of causes is an example for all. Thank you to Dayton Dining, Dayton Most Metro, Dayton Chrome Divas, and
The Pink Ribbon Girls for the promotion and support.
This was a one night only fun get together for charity, but it was fun to see who could qualify for the event. The top 10 times go on to compete for the store championship in mid-April and each store’s champion will be named. Then each champ moves on to the April 22nd, 1pm event, the finals at the Huber Heights new Submarine House Bar and Grill. Come watch with us !
**HERE ARE THE FULL RESULTS from the SUBMARINE HOUSE’S
2nd ANNUAL FOOD ADVENTURE SUPER DUPER CHEESESTEAK QUALIFIER**
—MATT “PORK CHOP” HAYDEN – 4 minutes, 41 seconds:
He put on a clinic.
—CHRIS GOODE – CHROME DIVAS REPRESENTATIVE – 5 minutes even:
Little guy, big appetite !
— JEREMY “SWEETNESS” SWIHART – 5 minutes, 24 seconds.
Easily the most cool, calm and collected contestant of the night. He was an eating machine.
— TACO “CHEESESTEAK” PHILLY – 8 minutes, 42 seconds.
The big guy tore through the sandwich like child’s play, joking the whole way through.
— JOE “THE MINISTER OF MEAT” AMSTUTZ – 8 minutes 49 seconds
An impressive display of chomping skills. A terrific time for the big sandwich.
— BRYAN “BABY BLUES” SUDDITH: 10 minutes and 20 seconds.
Dayton’s top story slammer and ferocious foodie, improved his time over last year by 4 minutes.
— KEVIN “THE GARLIC KING” SORICE – 13 minutes 41 seconds.
The self declared senior division champ had no problem beating the challenge.
— KAYLA “MAN HANDS” BRADSTREET – 14 minutes 20 seconds.
Girl power rules! An unforgettable win.
— NATE “COWBOY” TUCKER – 14 minutes and 22 seconds.
The big guy put a hurtin on the cheesesteak and squeaked in ahead of the deadline.
— GARY ” THE GROWLER” LEASURE – 15 minutes, 1 second.
Steady chewing was the key to his success.
— MARK “THE BEARD” DaGROSSA – Could not finish in 16 minutes.
This real life Santa was steady, he almost did it, but enjoyed the tasty experience.
— BRIAN “THE BIG APPLE” APPLETON – Could not finish in 16 minutes.
had to go out to the patio for air.
— CHRIS “THE KILLER” KILROY – Could not finish in 16 minutes.
Disappointed, but thought the sandwich was delicious !
— JOHN “HAMBONE” HAMMOND – Could not finish in 16 minutes.
Improved over last year, but fell just short this year. Close… real close !
— STEVE “THE BIG RAGU” MILANO – Could not finish in 16 minutes.
He is contemplating retirement
****ARE YOU UP FOR THE SUPER DUPER CHEESESTEAK CHALLENGE?****
You may still take the challenge at any Submarine House location through April 2nd.
—WHAT: You must eat a 16 inch SUPER DUPER CHEESESTEAK. Super Duper means this 16 inch sub has triple the meat and triple the cheese of their normal subs. You have to eat it topped AS IS with “The Works” toppings in less than 16 minutes. The Works includes: Cheese, mayo, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, homemade oil & vinegar dressing & pepper relish. Grilled Mushrooms also come on the sub. Important – NO topping substitutions, you have to eat it as is with all of the ingredients. This is not a baby challenge. So bring your loose pants.
—WHY: If you complete the challenge, your sandwich is free and you win a T-shirt. A portion of the proceeds goes to The Pink Ribbon Girls charity.
—COST: About $23 up front, which is refundable if you complete the challenge successfully. You can take the challenge at any Submarine House, alone or with a group of friends from Jan 30th through April 2nd.
Remember, the top 10 fastest times at each store will see the competitors called back in April for the “store championship semi-finals.” If you win the best time at the store championship, you are off to the finals April 22nd at 1pm at the new Huber Heights Bar & Grill location of Submarine House.
Browse the gallery below from memories of this incredible night for charity.
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