Queenstowner Regan Pearce (right) has a good excuse for stuffing his face – he’s in training for the resort’s first cheese roll-eating competition.
The wacky event is being staged at Motogrill in Shotover Street at 2pm tomorrow.
Entrants will scoff as many of the rolls – nicknamed Southland Sushi – as they can in the space of three minutes.
And Wakatipu Premiers rugby player Pearce reckons he’ll be hard to beat.
“I’ve gone for the tactic and scientifically worked out that I can do 18 – that’s one every 10 seconds,” he says.
Motogrill owner Emily Gibbons will run the rule over contestants and the winner gets $100 to spend in the cafe. “Anyone who spews will be disqualified,” she warns.
The Queenstown contest could already have some unlikely fans.
There’s a Kiwi cheese roll appreciation society on the world-famous internet site Facebook that claims to have more than 1100 members.
Meanwhile, a dozen local youngsters yesterday started a sizzling six-week cookery project at the Crowne Plaza hotel – they were specially picked for the course, which will introduce them to the hospitality industry.
Pictured below (from left) are Cheyenne Rogers, 17, Wellington Oliveria, 18, and Ye’ela Edwy, 15, getting lessons in the kitchen from Threesixty’s executive chef Phil Ryan.
The top budding chef will receive a professional cooking course at Otago Polytechnic worth $12,000.