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G’NOSH and Unearthed break a World Record


 

There are some opportunities that are just too good to pass up and this was one of them…

When I got wind of the world record attempt that Unearthed, food heroes of mine, were undertaking, I knew I had to be involved. An endeavour to eat a 193 course tasting menu, with the number of courses chosen to represent 193 UN recognised countries was a challenge I was intrigued to complete. 24 sittings in 24 hours, tasting everything from Bangladeshi Khaja to Peruvian Saltado, grasshoppers from Congo, weaver ants, scorpions and even good old strawberries and cream.

I’m an avid traveller at the best of times, and the idea of experiencing all this global cuisine, whilst breaking a record, was so exciting. Unearthed is a brand I’ve always admired, with values akin to G’NOSH and a paralleled belief in easy going, sociable food that begs to be shared.

With both anticipation and slight apprehension, we arrived at Soho’s Janetira for a 9am start. Starting with Paw Paw from Tuvalu, followed by Unearthed’s own potato omelette and a few weaver ants in, I was starting to feel full and began wonder what I’d got myself in to. The Fahsa Saltah from Yemen was a highlight, along with Anzac biscuits from my homeland and the Doce do Coco from Cape Verde. Given my love of superfoods and being a total coconut junkie, these were definitely a high.

Hitting the wall just wasn’t an option, but delirium kicked in late afternoon, visitors had been and gone and a long night of eating stretched ahead of us. It’s safe to say we all felt slightly mad, not helped by the Champagne chosen to represent Monaco, or the Chilean Pisco Sours.

The biggest revelation was the complete dominance that stews and curries have over world cuisine.  I also learned that most insects, when fried and salted, taste much like pork scratchings, one of my many indulgences, making these specialities a little easier to bear!

Over 1000 ingredients, 130 hours and 3 days of cooking made for an unforgettable banquet fit for the Romans. It was an experience I will never, ever forget.

See below for more belly bursting accounts of our challenge

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/vast-food-record-sunday-people-1955208

http://www.express.co.uk/comment/beachcomber/408039/96-years-old-and-STILL-content-on-half-rations

http://www.express.co.uk/fun/top10facts/407039/Top-10-facts-about-193

 

 

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