‘We decided to make a giant pasty and host a competition’

IT'S A MONSTER Toby Black, who works at Southwick Stores on Saturdays, with one of the giant pasties
IT'S A MONSTER Toby Black, who works at Southwick Stores on Saturdays, with one of the giant pasties
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IF YOU have ever watched Man vs Food, then you may have some idea of the challenge I’m about to tell you of.

I run Southwick Stores which is in a small village behind Portsdown Hill.

Inside our village shop we have a bakery which makes delicious pasties and pies.

Last bank holiday we decided to make a giant pasty and host the village’s first Titan Pasty Competition.

I’m the village baker and shop owner, and I made the pasties after a customer dared me to.

It brought a lot of the village together to watch the event and it was such a success, we decided to make it a regular bank holiday event.

This year, eight brave contenders took on the Titan.

These are not your average pasty, as the Titan pasty is far bigger than your hand and weighs nearly 2.5kg.

We started baking at 3am that day and once the thick rich pastry had been made it was filled with thick-cut steak, swede, potatoes and onion with a secret blend of herbs.

These are presented on huge plates to the competitors.

They were then set the challenge to eat the whole pasty in under 40 minutes. Drinks, sauces and mustard were available but no one was to leave the room.

Sadly, the Titan proved to be far too much and nobody finished.

However, Matthew Lloyd got very close and only had a few mouthfuls left before running out of time.

The whole village worked together, with companies such as Tulls Fine Foods supplying the meat and The Golden Lion Pub providing the plates.

Everybody cheered on the competitors and it was a really great atmosphere.