A couple of former Austinites have brought Tex-Mex to New York City in a big way. And now they are stepping up their offering with a crazy new culinary challenge. Don Chingon Cocina executive chef-partner German Villatoro, who once worked as chef de cuisine at the Four Seasons in Austin, and Don Chingon partner Vic Robey, formerly of the Driskill Hotel, are daring customers to eat a 30-pound burrito filled with chicken, steak, carnitas, chorizo, cheese, rice, beans and salsa. Do that, and finish a ghost pepper margarita, and you become a 10% owner in the restaurant near the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The challenge was created by Robey, who had grown tired of seeing restaurants simply put people’s names on the walls for achieving mildly impressive feats of culinary daring do.
Of course, there are some stipulations for the contest that starts on October 19. It costs $150 to enter, you can’t take a bathroom breaks or get ill, and you have to finish within an hour.
With an average burrito weighing in at about one pound, the accomplishment is probably physically impossible (and Don Chingon will not guarantee anyone’s safety or be held responsible), but one NYC writer tried. And failed. Someone get Joey Chestnut on the phone.