Marathon eater finally meets his match in monster meal

Robert Pinto charity eating challenge, Jubilee Garage, Bourne.'With five minutes to go Robert takes a few more mouthfulls cheered on by the crowd

Robert Pinto charity eating challenge, Jubilee Garage, Bourne.'With five minutes to go Robert takes a few more mouthfulls cheered on by the crowd

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A man who successfully munched his way through the world-famous Hungry Hossee big breakfast has finally met his match.

Robert Pinto, who previously took on the 7,500 calorie gut-buster at the cafe in Dale Street, Corby, has failed in his attempt to devour a meal meant for 10 – but has raised hundreds of pounds for charity.

Mr Pinto, 39, of Stocks Hill, Ketton, took on the truckstop challenge menu at the Jubilee Garage in North Street, Bourne, to support the Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice in Peterborough.

Mr Pinto, who runs the C3 clothes shop in Ironmonger Street, Stamford, was given an hour to eat two classic burgers, two cheese burgers, two classic hot dogs, two cheesy dogs, 12 onion rings, two sides of fries, a portion of nachos, two sides of coleslaw, two sides of corn on the cob, 12 chicken wings, 10 pancakes with maple syrup and two dressed house salads.

He managed to finish most of the monstrous meal but struggled towards the end of the hour and was unable to mop up every last morsel.

Mr Pinto, who has successfully beaten a number of eating challenges around the country, said he was “gutted” that he couldn’t finish.

He added: “I know I could have done it but the heat from the people and the lights made it difficult.

“I am devastated but I am determined to try it again.”

But Jubilee Garage manager Ross Dykes reckons the night raised about £1,000 for the hospice.

He said: “Robert did amazingly well, he wasn’t far off finishing.

“We had a couple of hundred people down on the night. The atmosphere was fantastic, he got lots of support.

“He ate most of the meal during the first half hour but struggled in the second half.”