With the turkey eaten, the last of the chocolate coins gobbled and our belts fastened on the final notch, the new year is usually a time for restraint and healthy resolutions.

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Food challenges on the other side of the Atlantic

Texas - The Big Texan steak challenge

A 72oz (4.5lb) steak - with bread roll with butter, potato, ranch beans, prawn cocktail, and salad - to be eaten in less than an hour.

Tennessee - The Sasquatch Hamburger

The 7.5lb burger consists of 4lbs of beef, 1.5lbs of vegetables and salad and a 2lb bun.

Ohio - The Dagwood Sandwich

A 2.5lb sandwich filled with meats, cheeses and condiments with 1lb of fries to be eaten in less than 30 minutes.

Texas - The Juan in a Million Taco

Competitors face eight of the 3/4 pound breakfast tacos made with potato, egg, cheese, and bacon wrapped in a tortilla wrap.

California - Morning Pancake Challenge

A 5lb stack of pancakes oozing with butter and syrup, to be eaten in less than two hours

Georgia - The Carnivore Pizza

The pizza is 30″ in diameter weighs about 11lbs. Topped with 1lb each of pepperoni, beef, Italian sausage, ham, and bacon, plus handfuls of cheese.

San Francisco - The Kitchen Sink Sundae

A two gallon sundae made with eight scoops of ice cream, four bananas, hot fudge, sprinkles, almonds, and eight servings of whipped cream.

But while most of us busy trying to shift the extra pounds, fund-raisers in one Norfolk village will be limbering up for a different challenge all together - munching a beef burger the size of a bar stool cushion.

Made with a 4lb steak mince patty, onion, lettuce, a pinch of seasoning and a mammoth bread bap, the meaty marvel has attracted competitors from far and wide willing to pig-out in the name of charity.

The Hilgay Burgermeister Challenge - inspired by phenomenally popular Man V Food television programme - was dreamed up by local butcher and all-round charity champion Ali Dent to raise money for the Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House.

“I hope they all save some room over Christmas because they’re going to need their appetites this January,” he said. “There’s been lots of interest already and I’ve even had a request for a vegetarian version.”

Individuals and teams of up to four will pay an entry fee to tackle the burger and the event is being held at the village’s Rose and Crown pub.

So far it has been a real community effort, with local sponsors hopefully providing the prizes and Knights Bakery in Downham Market set to supply the dinner plate-sized bread rolls needed for the challenge.

“It’s going to be great fun whether people want to take part or just come along and watch - it’s going to be quite a night,” Mr Dent added.

“Our local GP Shona Lidgey is very supportive, so there should be a doctor in the house!”

The Man V Food show, which began a four-year run in 2008, follows food fanatic Adam Richman as he tours America’s pig-out spots and attempts outlandish eating challenges.

They range from the very large to the very spicy, from a 72oz steak to a two gallon ice cream sundae.

Mr Dent’s homage to the series will raise money for the hospice’s £750,000 Seahorse Appeal, which is being backed by the EDP.

The campaign was launched last month as the charity gears up to move operations to a full-service hospice in Hillington, near King’s Lynn, next year which will provide 12 in-patient beds.

Sponsors and competitors are still needed for the burger challenge, being held at the pub from 7pm on Saturday, January 19.

For more information or to take part, call into Dent’s Butchers in Stocks Hill or call Mr Dent on 01366 387686.

Visit www.edp24.co.uk/news/tapping-house to find out more about the Seahorse Appeal.

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