This week marked the first (and very possibly the only) Simply Hired Nugget Bowl! What is a Nugget Bowl, you ask? Just over 25 years ago, small pieces of chicken that were breaded and fried were introduced to the McDonald’s menu and called Chicken McNuggets. But today, Chicken McNuggets have become one of the world’s best foods for an eating contest because of their fun size and deliciousness (now with real white meat!). And that’s where it all begins.
Nine very competitive and hungry Simply Hired employees marched over to the nearest McDonald’s on their lunch break to stock up on however many nuggets and dipping sauces they thought they could consume. Some of the competitors had the goal to eat a certain number of nuggets while others just wanted to eat more than everyone else. The group brought back over 250 Chicken McNuggets.
Back at the office, they laid their many boxes in front of them on a long table. Each competitor faced at least 20 pieces of Chicken McNuggets. Before the contest began, they drew in one last breath. And with the ring of a cowbell, they were off.
It was interesting to note the different eating styles. Some ate as quickly as possible to stuff themselves before realizing they were full. Others used the “turtle and the hare” strategy and ate at a more relaxed pace. Some alternated dipping the McNuggets in different flavors to keep their taste buds guessing and a few went without sauce all together.
There seemed to be four phases of the eating challenge:
- Yum stage (nuggets 1-5): “I love Chicken McNuggets!”
- Oh, No stage (nuggets 6-10): “This is a lot of nuggets. I don’t know if I’ll be able to finish all 20, or 30… or even 40.”
- Mindless, Tasteless Eating stage (nuggets 11-?): Chomp… chomp… chomp…
- Second Wind stage (last 3 nuggets or so): “Woo! Bring it on! Where are the fries?”
Slow and steady won the race in this competition. Our winner ate 40 chicken nuggets in our contest, all while he leafed through the day’s newspaper. Congratulations to our new Nugget Master!