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is a program on Glutton for Punishment Food Network hosted by Bob Blumer and produced by Paperny Entertainment. The show features the host in various food-related challenges. He is given five days to become proficient enough in the episode's featured specialty. His newly acquired skills are then put to the test by matching him up against champions and experts in the field. In several competitions, Bob Blumer surprises by qualifying ahead of many pros. When he is not doing so well, he acknowledges the difficulty he has, often with self-deprecating humour. The "Glutton for Punishment" crew most recently broke the Guinness world record for the largest bowl of salsa at the Jacksonville, Texas, 26th Tomato Fest on June 12, 2010. The final bowl weighed in at 2,672 pounds. The feat was filmed for Season 5 of "Glutton," during which Bob attempted to break six world's records. [1 ]
Episodes [ edit ]
Season 1 [ edit ]
"NYC Waiters' Race"
Bob Blumer gets a crash course in waiting tables at a busy
brasserie in New York City.
Flair bartending" Bob Blumer trains in the dazzling art of flair bartending.
Bob Blumer participates in the Médoc Marathon in France's
Bob Blumer learns the technique of oyster shucking and travels to the Urbanna Oyster Festival in Virginia to enter the Oyster Shucking Competition. His challenge is to crash the world of elite shuckers and become a contender in just one week.
Benihana Chef" Bob Blumer takes the heat as he trains to become a full-fledged teppanyaki chef at Toronto's Benihana restaurant.
Barista Competition" Bob Blumer's challenge is to immerse himself in the world of coffee by entering the Canadian National Barista Championships.
Hatch chile Festival" Bob Blumer's challenge is to prove that he can really take the heat by entering the
Hatch, N.M. hot chile eating contest.
Tour de France" Bob Blumer trains with a veteran of the Tour de France and will attempt to conquer one of the most mythical and challenging sections of the Tour.
"Kansas City BBQ Competition"
Bob Blumer's challenge is to lead his own team in the Open Competition at a Kansas City BBQ Cookoff.
Riesling Harvest" Bob Blumer's challenge is assisting in the harvest of 17 acres (69,000 m
2) of precious grapes, for a maker of fine German Rieslings.
Guinness Diet" Bob Blumer travels to
Dublin, where his challenge is to live on Guinness alone for 5 full days.
Bob Blumer faces his toughest challenge yet: mastering the lost art of making hand-pulled noodles. He will have just one week to learn this complex technique, which most chefs take years to master.
"Breakfast Line Cook"
Bob Blumer's challenge is to make it into the tight knit ranks of the kitchen as a breakfast line cook.
Season 2 [ edit ]
Haggis Hurling" Bob Blumer's challenge is to travel to Scotland and try his hand at haggis hurling.
Bob Blumer travels to Oregon to learn the art of
beekeeping. At the end of the week, he has to show what he has learned when he enters the Beekeepers Games.
Bob Blumer's challenge is to travel to
Gloucester, England to compete in the Cooper's Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake competition.
Noodling" Bob Blumer's challenge is to travel to Oklahoma to catch catfish with his bare hands.
"Fried Egg/Sidewalk Chef"
Bob Blumer's challenge is to travel to the
Mojave Desert where he has 15 minutes to cook an egg using only solar power.
Bob Blumer is off to
Arleux, France, garlic capital of the world, to enter in a garlic-braiding contest.
"Watermelon Seed Spitting"
Bob Blumer's challenge is to travel to
Hope, Arkansas and challenge past champions at spitting watermelon seeds on the back of a flatbed truck.
"New York Street Vendor"
Bob Blumer attempts to master the cooking duties before taking over a
food cart business at the busy New York City intersection of 40th Street and 8th Avenue for a grueling 12-hour shift.
Bob Blumer takes part in tossing salmon with the
fishmongers at Pike Place Fish Market in Seattle.
Bob Blumer takes part in a race to paddle a hollowed-out, giant pumpkin across a lake.
Bob Blumer heads to
Dell Rapids, South Dakota to compete against America's best cornhuskers at the National Cornhusking Competition.
Bob Blumer's challenge is to learn how to cook the perfect steak, then become the head grill master at Bohanan's Prime Steaks & Seafood in San Antonio.
Fugu (Fish)" Bob Blumer travels to
Osaka, Japan to prepare and eat his own Fugu.
Season 3 [ edit ]
Guinness Book of Records" At the
Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Alberta, Bob Blumer's challenge is to break the Guinness World Record for the most pancakes made in one hour.
In Paris, Bob Blumer's challenge is to run an entire 16-seat restaurant by himself.
At the Pictou County Lobster Carnival in
Pictou, Nova Scotia, Bob Blumer's challenge is to win the Lobster Banding Contest.
"World Pizza Cup"
Naples, Bob Blumer's challenge is to compete for the coveted title of World's Best Pizza-Tosser.
Morel Mushrooms" In a burnt forest in northern British Columbia, Bob Blumer's challenge is to pick the heaviest load of morel mushrooms in a friendly competition.
"Deep Fried Competition"
At the L.A. County Fair, Bob Blumer's challenge is to compete in the Fair's Deep Fry Contest.
Sea Urchins" On Vancouver Island, Bob Blumer's challenge is to compete in a sea urchin harvesting race.
"Hot Sauce Judging"
At the Austin Hot Sauce Festival in
Austin, Texas, Bob Blumer will become one of the official judges.
Bob Blumer's challenge is to compete in the Shelburne Orchard's Annual Apple Pie Baking contest in Vermont.
Bob Blumer's challenge is to survive on the line on a busy Friday night at the Mia Francesca restaurant in Chicago.
Grape Stomp" At the
Sonoma County Harvest Fair in Santa Rosa, California, Bob Blumer's challenge is to compete in the World Grape Stomp.
Kona, Hawaii, Bob Blumer's challenge is to compete in the annual Coffee Picking Contest.
"Navy Head Cook"
Bob Blumer's challenge is to work in the
galley of a Navy ship.
Season 4 [ edit ]
"Kung-Fu Tea Challenge"
Bob Blumer's challenge is to master a special Kung-fu tea ceremony and then perform it for a tough panel of judges at the Tai Ji Tea House in
January 18, 2010
Bob Blumer participates in the
Stinging Nettle Eating Competition in Dorset, England.
January 4, 2010
Bob Blumer will go head-to-head against a seasoned group of sushi chefs in the Sushi Masters Competition in San Diego.
February 1, 2010
Bob Blumer competes at the Mason-Dixon Fair's goat milking competition in
January 11, 2010
"Slice and Dice"
Bob Blumer competes against culinary professionals in a Knife Skills Competition at Kendall Culinary College in Chicago.
February 8, 2010
"Ice Cream Making"
At the Austin Ice Cream Festival, Bob Blumer competes in the homemade ice cream making contest.
January 25, 2010
Bob Blumer strives to be the fastest at the annual Potato Days Peeling Contest in
February 22, 2010
Chinese Dumpling" Bob Blumer goes head-to-head against Dim Sum Pros in a Dumpling Making Competition at the Night Market in
March 1, 2010
Bob Blumer takes part in a challenge to hand-roll 44 perfect bagels in just five short minutes at the famous St-Viateur Bagel Bakery in Montreal.
February 15, 2010
Bob Blumer competes in the 13th Annual Coconut Festival in
March 8, 2010
Bob Blumer is put to the test to see if he has what it takes to win the Gumbo cook-off in
New Iberia, Louisiana.
March 22, 2010
Bob Blumer is pitted against elite engineering students in the Edible Car Competition at Brown University in Rhode Island.
March 15, 2010
"Chocolate Fashion Show"
Bob Blumer enters his unique wearable chocolate creation into a Chocolate Hat Fashion Show in the Salon Passion Chocolat & de la Gourmandise in Montreal.
March 29, 2010
Season 5 (Record-Breaking Edition) [ edit ]
Bob will attempt to break Guinness World Records.
Guinness World Record Attempt:
"Pizza Making Record"
Most 12-inch pizzas stretched, sauced, cheesed and fired in one hour.
January 3, 2011
"Rice Eating Record"
Taipei Most rice grains eaten one by one with chopsticks in 3 minutes.
January 10, 2011
"Largest Bowl of Salsa"
Jacksonville, Texas Largest bowl of salsa.
January 17, 2011
"Egg Cracking Record"
Granby, Quebec Most eggs cracked with one hand in one hour.
January 24, 2011
"Caesar Salad Record"
Yuma, Arizona Most table-side Caesar salads made in one hour.
January 31, 2011
"Onion Peeling Record"
Walla Walla, Washington Fastest time to peel 50 pounds of onions.
February 14, 2011
"The Best Of"
Highlights from the previous five seasons.
February 21, 2011
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