CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE SHOW?
Eddie Eats America is basically a man vs food TV show with a strongman element incorporated into it. I am travelling all over America and doing feats of strength, such as pulling planes, seeing how hard I can hit a baseball and a hockey puck-basically feats of strength to work up an appetite and then going and doing the hunger challenge.
IT SAYS IN THE SHOW YOU HAVE UP TO 12,000 CALORIES A DAY TO SUPPORT THAT, WOULD YOU BE ABLE TO GIVE ME AN IDEA OF WHAT YOUR DAILY DIET LOOKS LIKE?
When I was competing for World's Strongest Man, I was doing 12,000 calories a day. Currently I do about 8000. Diet consists of what a normal human eats, just times four. If you have a bowl of porridge for breakfast, I have a bucket of porridge. If you're having a full English, I'll have four bacon, four sausage, four eggs, bowl of beans, bowl of tomato and black pudding. Dinner is usually steak and chicken with rice or pasta and a good helping of vegetables. I usually have a second dinner about 3PM and that's the same again but usually a steak and rice. And then the evening meal is usually a curry or a spagbol - then a good helping of a cheesecake.
WHAT WAS THE BEST STRENGTH CHALLENGE YOU TOOK ON DURING THIS SERIES?
I think the best one was when we managed to get into an airfield and I pulled a plane. I think it weighed something like 40,000 LBS so quite a hefty thing.
HAVE YOU DONE SOMETHING LIKE THAT BEFORE?
I think it is the third time I had done that. I did it twice when competing at World's Strongest Man and this one was just for fun.
WHAT WAS THE WEIRDEST STRENGTH CHALLENGE THEY THREW AT YOU?
I think they wanted to test how hard I could hit a baseball to match the speed of a pro. I did the same with hockey as well. And how long you could stay on a rodeo too so some stupid things, some serious things.
DID YOU HAVE TO DO ANY TRAINING EATING OR STRENGTH WISE BEFORE TAKING ON THOSE CHALLENGES?
I did plan to do some food training - you basically train your body to consume huge amounts of food by drinking litres of water at one go. If you can drink 4 litres of water in under 3 minutes, you can basically do any eating challenge. Unfortunately, because I was so busy, I didn't do any training, so I came into the show blind. Most of the challenges were very hard.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST EATING CHALLENGE THAT YOU TOOK ON?
Well, there were so many. In one I had to eat 10 LBS of pancakes, I also attempted 10 LBS of ice cream, 8 LBS kebabs and a 7 LBS sandwich. I think the most memorable one was the Carolina reaper challenge - basically shrimp drenched in Carolina reaper sauce which is the hottest pepper on the planet. I had 2 LBS of shrimp drenched in the sauce which I had to eat in under 15 minutes. That was probably the most painful experience I have probably been through in my life.
DID YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE THING THAT YOU ATE?
Yeah, when we were in Philadelphia, we did a cheese steak challenge. I think it was a 4 ½LBS cheese steak, I could have eaten the whole thing again.
WERE THERE ANY CHALLENGES, STRENGTH OR EATING, THAT YOU COULDN'T FINISH AND WOULD LIKE TO RETRY?
Well, bearing in mind we were recording 12 episodes in 21 days, the very first challenge I got ill so that set me up for the rest of the episodes really. Some I failed miserably, some I came close to and some I completed so it was a good variety of all really.
HAVING TASTED SOME OF THE FOOD CHALLENGES IN THE US, DO YOU PREFER THE FOOD THERE OR DO YOU PREFER IT BACK IN THE UK?
I think in general I prefer US food - it has more taste, more fat and sugars there. Obviously, the volume. You can have a burger and fries at McDonalds which they call a super king size which could feed a family of four.
SO, IF YOU COULD ONLY EAT ONE THING FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
It would have to be steak.
HOW DO YOU HAVE IT?
Medium done with a pepper sauce.
HAVE YOU EVER EATEN SOMETHING YOU COULDN'T PHYSICALLY LIFT?
Everything that I have eaten, I could physically lift. I can even lift a cow so... there's not much I can't lift.
HAD THIS JOURNEY ENTICED YOU TO SWAP BODY BUILDING FOR COMPETITIVE EATING?
Not at all. It has been good fun, travelling America and trying all the different foods has been fantastic and I enjoyed the challenges but as a profession, its definitely not for me.