Mike Jack split screen almonds and tomato sauce

Mike Jack (Canada) is the man behind the YouTube channel Mike Jack Eats Heat, where he tackles – you guessed it – spicy food challenges! 

Mike is a vegan, and for his latest speedeating challenge, he gave up hot peppers for something less fiery.

"I’m vegan because I see all animals as being equal. A lot of people like dogs and cats but they don’t really have that connection with cows and pigs. I’ve gone to farm sanctuaries before and I’ve met the nicest pigs, the cutest cows, some cute turkeys. We bonded, we’re like pals. I don’t want to eat my pals!"

Decked out in his usual attempt getup – a headband and a tank top – Mike was ready to take on some unusual speedeating challenges.  

"I want to dress like I’m participating in a sport. I wear a tank top in case I get all sweaty while I’m eating all those peppers and I wear a headband too."

"I like to raise awareness for competitive eating as a sport – maybe it will be in the Olympics one day! Also, it’s super silly and fashionable."

As usual, his wife, Jamie Jack (Canada) was on hand to offer support and encouragement. 

Mike Jack with banana in his mouth

His first attempt was for the fastest time to eat a banana (no hands). This record is particularly tricky as the banana needs to be peeled without hands too, and is included in the record time. 

After struggling with the banana skin for a little bit, he finally managed to chomp down on the banana and achieve the record with a time of 37.782 seconds.

Mike then decided to quench his thirst with some tomato sauce - a litre, to be exact. 

Using a straw, he broke the record for the fastest time to drink one litre of tomato sauce with a time of 1 min 32.54 seconds.

He then went on to attempt the record for the most almonds eaten in a minute, and achieved it by chomping down on 32 almonds. 

Mike Jack holding lettuce

Lastly, he attempted the record for the fastest time to eat a head of lettuce.

He managed to devour the mass of salad leaves in a record-breaking time of 1 min 31.053 seconds.

"I take on food challenges because I think they’re super fun."

Mike also holds a whole host of records for his amazing ability to handle heat, the most recent of which being the fastest time to eat three Carolina Reaper chillies (9.72 seconds). 

His other "hot" records include:

  • Most Bhut Jolokia chilli peppers eaten in two minutes - 246 grams (8.67 oz)
  • Most Bhut Jolokia chilli peppers eaten in one minute - 97 grams (3.42 oz)
  • Fastest time to eat three Bhut Jolokia chillis - 9.75 seconds

"My dream is to get the Guinness World Records title for the most Carolina Peppers eaten in minute. To just pound them down in a minute and set a record – for some reason, I think that would be amazing."

Although his latest batch of records are very veggie heavy, Mike wants to take on some more traditional eating challenges, but with a vegan twist. 

"I think it would be awesome to break a record that is traditionally not a vegan record but we can make it a vegan record. Like fastest time to eat a hamburger or most hamburgers eaten in a minute, but they’re actually plant-based burgers."

It seems like, despite having eight world records to his name, this is just the beginning for Mike. We’re excited to see what record he will break next! 

"There’s lots of different food challenges I’d like to do. I’m trying to get faster, trying to get better so I can beat a lot more."

Watch Mike react to some of his previous food challenges