The Belly Buster 20" Pizza Challenge, Santa Clara, CA

Tuesday, December 05 2006 @ 01:47 AM EST

Contributed by: Billy

A new challenge in Santa Clara, CA! This one is the "Belly Buster Challenge". One person has one hour to consume a 20" pizza. It's a hefty looking pizza too! On Saturday, December 2nd at 7:00 PM three friends, Adam, Bear and Cooper decided to give it a shot. They even did up a video of the entire event, showing the pizza being made, and the challenge itself!


The Pizza and Pipes Belly Buster challenge was a success. A few men set out to make history, two became boys while one became a legend. What exactly is the Belly Buster challenge you ask. Simple, it’s a 20” pizza that must be consumed in one hour or less by one individual. To date many have tried but none have been victorious. The Hall of Shame is filled with Polaroids of individuals who’ve attempted to conquer the Belly Buster while the Hall of Fame lay bare.


Cooper, Bear and Adam

Cooper and Bear

Pizza and Pipes is located at 3581 Homestead road in Santa Clara on the corner of Lawrence Expressway. As you enter, immediately to your right are the official rules.

Belly Buster winners get the following…

On Saturday, December 2nd at 7:00 PM three friends, Adam, Bear and Cooper decided to give it a shot. Who you ask was the sole victorious challenger? First, who exactly are the competitors?
Adam Alessandrini
Age: 24
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 215 lbs
Favorite Pizza: Pepperoni
Plan of Attack: Slow and steady but unstoppable
Eating Style: The Bulldozer
Belly Buster Pizza: Pepperoni and mushrooms
Bear Silber
Age: 24
Height: 6’0”
Weight: 170 lbs
Favorite Pizza: Garlic chicken
Plan of Attack: Non-stop monching
Eating Style: Total Domination
Belly Buster Pizza: One quarter pepperoni and olive, one quarter Canadian bacon and pineapple, one quarter pesto and tomato and one quarter sausage and mushroom
Cooper Falk
Age: 22
Height: 5’7”
Weight: 135lbs
Favorite Pizza: Mozzarella, onion, pepperoni, basil and tomato
Plan of Attack: Eat as much before puking
Eating Style: Slow and steady
Belly Buster Pizza: Pepperoni and mushrooms

Owner Randy Blair with Adam’s pizza

Owner Randy Blair personally prepared the three pizzas. He allowed the contestants to go behind the counter and see how it’s done. He takes two large pizza crusts and rolls them together. Using the old-style technique he then tosses the pizza dough. He punches small holes in it to prevent bubbling of the crust. Next he ladles on the sauce from a 5 gallon bucket. Moving over to the topping station he carefully weighs out 1 pound of cheese and spreads it evenly across. Next came the 100 pepperonis and the mushrooms. Bear’s pizza was more time consuming and took the skill of a seasoned pizza cook but Randy is a true artisan of his craft and produced a work of art.

After 15 minutes or so in the oven we had three beautiful pies. Waiting a short distance away were three starving men. In a glorious procession they were delivered to the tables. The timer was set and at exactly 7:00 PM Pacific time the challenge was on.

Oven-fresh pizzas

3 Belly Busters ready to go

The first couple of minutes the pace was pretty even. All three contestants ate at a slighting fast clip. At around minute 6 Cooper and Adam slowed their pace a bit with Bear continuing on. At minute 17 Bear reached the halfway point while Cooper went outside to have a smoke break. He was however escorted by a Pizza and Pipes staff member to ensure there was no “reversal.” Adam kept on with a steady pace and steady unflinching face.

Adam at 25 minutes

Adam’s point of failure

The four previous challengers all had a similar fate, they started off strong and all looked like they might make it by minute 20 but not much was consumed in the next 40 minutes. The inevitable “wall” seems to come around the 20 minute mark. One gave up at 45 minutes, one left 10 pieces, one 8 and one ran out of time with just 4 pieces left.

Cooper looking a little full

Back from his cigarette Cooper sat down with new vigor. He quickly caught back up to Adam nearing the half pizza mark. Bear was now down to single digits, 9 pieces remaining. This now put him in third place all-time.

At the 31 minute mark and just about half the pizza remaining Adam called it quits. He had eaten pizza to his stomachs content but would not go on. He was staring at two worthy adversaries and didn’t feel it was worth the expected discomfort. Cooper kept on with a steady pace but also decided to call it quits at minute 33 seeing that Bear was now down to just 4 pieces. Randy promptly brought the Polaroid over to capture the defeated duo and posted their pictures on the Hall of Shame.

Bear eating away

Last piece

Down to just 3 pieces and currently the furthest along all-time the crowd got rowdy and started chanting “Bear…Bear…Bear” And so it was with 37 minutes elapsed Bear triumphantly finished the last piece while simultaneously becoming a pizza legend.

The final triumph

Regular Cost: $34.61
Feeds: 6-8 Adults
Square Inches: 314
Pounds of Dough: 3
Pounds of Cheese: 1
Pepperonis: 100
Total Weight: Over 5 lbs

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