Woman who ate three 72-ounce steak meals is a freaking national hero

Ask anyone what superpower they’d like to have, and someone will probably say they want the ability to eat any amount of food without getting fat (or dying).

A woman from Sacramento seems to have this superpower.

Molly Schuyler, a 120-pound mother of four, took on the 72-ounce Steak Challenge at The Big Texan last Sunday, a feat that required her to finish a meal consisting of not only a 72-ounce steak, but also a shrimp cocktail, a baked potato, a side salad, and a roll with butter. The challenge rules are as follows:

  1. Entire meal must be completed in one hour. If any of the meal is not consumed (swallowed)…YOU LOSE!
  2. Before the time starts, you will be allowed to cut into the steak, and take one bite. If the steak tastes good and is cooked to your satisfaction, we will start the time upon your acceptable approval. The time will not stop, and the contest is on, so make SURE before you say “yes.”
  3. Once you have started you are not allowed to stand up, leave your table, or have anyone else TOUCH the meal.
  4. You will be disqualified if anyone assists you in cutting, preparing or eating of your meal. This is YOUR contest.
  5. You don’t have to eat the fat, but we will judge this.
  6. Should you become ill, the contest is over… YOU LOSE! (Please use the container provided as necessary.)
  7. You are required to pay the full amount up front; if you win we will refund 100%.
  8. You must sit at a table that we assign.
  9. If you do not win the steak challenge, you are welcome to take the leftovers with you.
  10. No consumption or sharing of the leftovers is allowed in the restaurant once the contest is over.
  11. If you fail to complete the challenge, you must pay the full $72 dollars.

A regular person would read these rules and think “Uh, no, thank you.” Not Schuyler, whose Facebook page describes her as “the number one female independent competitive eater in the world.” She reportedly made sure she blew her competition out of the water by successfully stuffing her face with not one, not two, but three complete sets of the restaurant’s steak meal, all in 20 freaking minutes.

She devoured her first steak dinner in four minutes and 18 seconds, already beating the restaurant’s current record of 4:58. (Schuyler herself set that record last year, when she attempted to eat two complete sets of the restaurant’s steak meal.)

She also beat four teams of two invited by the restaurant to compete against Schuyler for a thousand-dollar prize. 

“I come in thinking I’m going to fail, but you know if I win, it’s a lovely parting gift and that’s cool. I also get free steak, so I don’t really lose,” Schuyler told News Channel 10, echoing the thoughts of steak lovers worldwide. 

You can watch her destroy her competition at last Sunday’s event in this clip:

H/T News Channel 10 | Photo via Taryn/Flickr (CC BY SA 2.0)

Jam Kotenko

Jam Kotenko

Jam Kotenko is a technology reporter who specializes in coverage of Instagram, Facebook, and other social media apps. Her work has been published by Digital Trends, Bustle, and Gotta Be Mobile.