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Hunger for nacho plate world record satisfied

Eddie Diaz, of Centerplate, holds one of the hundreds of plates of nachos that came from an 80-foot-long tray Saturday at Memorial Stadium. The 4,689-pound nacho plate landed Lawrence a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Eddie Diaz, of Centerplate, holds one of the hundreds of plates of nachos that came from an 80-foot-long tray Saturday at Memorial Stadium. The 4,689-pound nacho plate landed Lawrence a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records.

April 21, 2012

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The term “loaded nachos” is an understatement.

A heaping 4,689-pound plate of chips, meat, cheese, beans and peppers earned Lawrence a slot in the Guinness Book of World Records on Saturday. The title for the world’s largest nacho plate did not come without a struggle.

For starters, a half-dozen volunteers worked on the project, galvanizing help, collecting resources and prepping food for two weeks. Then early Saturday morning, a crew of 80-plus volunteers began assembling the nachos at Memorial Stadium. At one point, a cooler went out, causing a big portion of the food to spoil.

“It was hectic. ... We lost a couple thousand pounds of food. We had to overcome that and get food locally,” said Rick Brown, general manager of Kansas Athletics’ food vendor, Centerplate. “We run all of the food and beverage for the facilities, so we have extra food. Really it was just about pulling the resources together.”

Brown organized the event, working with Salty Iguana and Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen. Salty Iguana donated food and provided volunteers.

Volunteers aimed to create a tasty nacho, not just a big one. Meat was marinated, onions were chopped, and jalapeno juice was blended with black beans. There were also fresh pico de gallo and cilantro.

The 80-foot nacho plate was finished by noon and served to Kansas Relays ticket-holders with a $1 donation or a canned food item, which will benefit LINK. Even after 1 p.m., when the dish had lost its warmth, people were filing through the stadium, clutching paper plates piled high with nachos. Jan Williams sat on a bench about 1:30 p.m., nibbling at a freshly scooped plate.

“It’s kind of cold, but it’s wonderful,” Williams said. “I think (what they did) is great.”

At least 70 percent of the nachos were consumed. And Brown is confident the record is safe in Lawrence. The last record, which landed at 3,999 pounds, was set in October of 2011 by Ninety Nine Restaurant, in Massachusetts.

“We beat it by a big jump, so it should stay here for a while,” Brown said.

Comments

observant 1 year, 12 months ago

Good thing the record didn't include a requirement that it was edible.

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countrygirl 1 year, 12 months ago

Even the picture makes it look nasty.

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spiller 1 year, 12 months ago

A dubious honor. The stadium abounded with uneaten heaping plates loaded with something that looked like congealed vomit (was pink slime involved?) People couldn't give it away. When they showed the prep workers preparing the stuff on the big screen the reaction from the crowd was "Eewwwwwww". TONS of food was wasted. When will people understand that pig out junk food competitions are a dumb idea? The cupcake eating contest downtown comes to mind. What kind of message is this supposed to send to people? Elite athletes eat tons of goopy crap? Have you folks at K.U. concessions not noticed that there is a junk food problem in this country?

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bigmommaX6 1 year, 12 months ago

Greg Moore of LINK is legendary!!!

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