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Man v. Food’s Adam Richman eats entire ‘Jumboli’ in Butte

2010-09-23T13:35:00Z 2010-09-24T11:42:15Z Man v. Food’s Adam Richman eats entire ‘Jumboli’ in ButteBy John Grant Emeigh of The Montana Standard Montana Standard

The giant "Jumboli" has met its match.

Or, rather, matches.

Adam Richman from the Travel Channel's "Man v. Food" proved on national television Wednesday evening that he could eat the entire massive stromboli at Butte's Trimbo's within an hour.

Shawn Bingham of Butte proved he could do the same thing last Sunday.

Bingham, 30, was one of several patrons at the pizzeria at 43 E. Park St. Wednesday watching the premier of the "Man v. Food" episode featuring Butte and some its

eateries. Bingham, who has lived in Butte for about a year, said he wanted to see if Richman could eat the entire

five-pound mountain of food, also called a

stromboli.

"This is one of my favorite shows," Bingham said. "I've seen him put down five pounds of food before, so I wouldn't be surprised (if Richman succeeds), but I want to see if I beat his time."

The reality television show features Richman, who travels around the country sampling local cuisine. Richman

highlights each episode with an eating challenge, usually involving

consuming a large amount of food in a short time.

A crew from the show filmed the episode in Butte in August. And the result of the eating

competition was kept tight-lipped.

The show featured the host watching a pasty being made and eating one at Joe's Pasty Shop, 1641 Grand Ave. Richman later stops at the Freeway Tavern, 2001 S. Montana St., for its famous "Wop Chop" pork chop

sandwich.

The packed house at Trimbo's Wednesday got a thrill out of seeing the host dressed like Evel Knievel. Richman then got on a motorcycle and (with the help of special effects) simulated

jumping across the Berkeley Pit, which drew plenty of laughter from the audience.

Melissa McGregor of Butte appeared in a brief interview with Richman in the episode.

"It's awesome to see all the pictures of Butte," McGregor said during a commercial break Wednesday. "I think it (the episode) is showing a good cross section of food in Butte. It really represents the flavor of this town, no pun intended."

In one scene, Butte High teacher Chris Fisk gives Richman a

motivational speech, a la Knut Rockne, to

encourage him to eat the entire stromboli, which is a pastry crust stuffed with mozzarella cheese, pizza sauce, fried

peppers, onions,

capacolla and salami. The speech must have worked, because Richman finishes the colossal

cuisine with just 14 minutes to spare.

Fisk was full of

hometown pride as he watched the episode at Trimbo's.

"This is good for the city of Butte and its food, which really deserves this attention," Fisk said.

So how did Bingham stack up against the

television star?

He beat Richman's time by eight minutes.

"It feels pretty good," Bingham said after the show. "It feels like I beat a pro. Maybe I should get a show."

Bingham added that he's far too shy to have his own show and could never do it as well as Richman.

Both will have their photographs on Trimbo's "wall of shame" for being the only two people to complete the Jumboli challenge - so far.

Reporter John Grant Emeigh may be reached via e-mail at john.emeigh@lee.net.

 

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(11) Comments

  1. julio
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    julio - September 28, 2010 2:19 pm
    anyone that didnt (no need for contractions in butte) graduate from high school here is shunned!
    you betcha!

    folded pizza is not ethnic.
  2. ralphie4
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    ralphie4 - September 28, 2010 10:39 am
    I first want to say that this show did a great job of telling the history of Butte and a great picture of the town in which we live! As far as the "dominos pizza" comment and the other comment of how Butte people treat out of staters...what a shame.....why comment and read about it? Butte is a stubborn and proud community and has always welcomed "outsiders" It is actually built by those very outsiders dating back to the glory mining days! You had the Croatians, Finnish, Irish, Jewish, German, Polish, Chinese etc. etc. etc....Who are the outsiders you speak of? Great show last Wed. !! Man Vs. Food did a great job of portraying Butte and it's great people!
  3. julio
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    julio - September 27, 2010 1:12 pm
    its a dominos pizza folded in half, wow!
    we really need a Italian restaurant in this town.

  4. sillyrabbit
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    sillyrabbit - September 24, 2010 2:11 pm
    Hey butteholeAmerica,

    I have a feeling if you move to Butte and you are bad mouthed, that it will have nothing to do with the geography from which you came. I think it will be more of a general annoyance of how much you like to lol (overuse much?) and that you're obviously a douchebag. Way to prove a point at how Butte as a whole likes to generalize a group of people, by in fact generalizing a group of people.
  5. Chick
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    Chick - September 24, 2010 10:55 am

    To BS, Joe's Pasty Shop has Pasties with Chili on their menu. They've been around for a really long time...you should go in a try one. It's delish! I must say I prefer ketchup and gravy. Now I'm hungry! LOL!

  6. missmtskys
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    missmtskys - September 24, 2010 9:03 am
    Glad you live on the east coast too. Sounds like you are the one who has a problem with people, not Butte.
  7. FarAwayReader
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    FarAwayReader - September 24, 2010 6:26 am
    butteholeAmerica said: "it is great to see how much butte hates out of state peopleand all there California and east coast money moving in, and yet they take such pride and joy in loving a pizza shop opened and owned by east coasters lol. Pride in a pizza shop opened in 2007 by east coaster is really show how proud you are of your past and how much you hate rich people from out of state lol, I am glad I live on the east coast. I cant wait to move to the good ol Butte area and be welcomeed with open arms yet bad mouthed all the time lol what a joke"

    I like your name!

    Cheers
  8. butteholeAmerica
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    butteholeAmerica - September 23, 2010 9:23 pm
    it is great to see how much butte hates out of state people
    and all there California and east coast money moving in, and yet they take such pride and joy in loving a pizza shop opened and owned by east coasters lol. Pride in a pizza shop opened in 2007 by east coaster is really show how proud you are of your past and how much you hate rich people from out of state lol, I am glad I live on the east coast. I cant wait to move to the good ol Butte area and be welcomeed with open arms yet bad mouthed all the time lol what a joke
  9. buttebornandbread
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    buttebornandbread - September 23, 2010 3:58 pm
    Citizens of the world's richest countries are getting fatter and fatter and the United States is leading the charge, an organization of leading economies said Thursday in its first ever obesity forecast.

    Three out of four Americans will be overweight or obese by 2020, and disease rates and health care spending will balloon, unless governments, individuals and industry cooperate on a comprehensive strategy to combat the epidemic, the study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said.
  10. buttebornandbread
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    buttebornandbread - September 23, 2010 3:41 pm
    sad really, like binge drinking, gluttony is a sin isnt it? quantity not quality.

    eating healthy is the best way and you are in the wrong town for that! gravy on breakfast, gravy on lunch, gravy at supper time. no wonder the walmart shoppers are soooo big.

  11. bs
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    bs - September 23, 2010 2:09 pm
    Great show last night - but since when is chili put on pasties? Ew.

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