Big Mac. Picture: AFP/Paul J. Richards
Big Mac. Picture: AFP/Paul J. Richards

‘The Mac Daddy’ to eat 30,000th burger

THE world record-holder for Big Mac eating is set to break the 30,000 barrier - and has vowed to continue scoffing McDonald's burgers until the day he dies.

Don Gorske, who found fame after his brief appearance on the 2004 film Super Size Me, has eaten two Big Macs every day since May 17, 1972, and is currently at 29,877.

He was officially entered into the Guinness Book of Records last year after devouring his 28,788th in front of judges, a feat no-one in the world has even come close to surpassing.

The retired Wisconsin, resident told The Sun Online of his obsession with the fast food chain: "I love Big Macs so much I'll keep eating them until I die. If I live as long as my dad I'll pass 40,000.

"There's a joke I tell people that if my wife was to put them in a blender then it's over."

Incredibly, and despite irrefutable medical advice that too much fast food is bad for you, 64-year-old Don said his health was great.

Don Gurske doing what he does best. Picture: YouTube
Don Gurske doing what he does best. Picture: YouTube

"For some reason, I never get sick, I just I'm lucky. My weight stays the same. I have a cholesterol of 160," he said.

"I keep moving all the time, I like keeping busy. I spend a lot in the summer time going for walks."

He claimed when he tried a Big Mac for the first time he immediately gobbled two more - then returned twice the same day to devour another six.

"I bit into that Big Mac and it was: 'Boy, I would love to eat these everyday' and that's what I ended up doing.

Big Mac Daddy

Since then he said the burgers have comprised between 90 and 95 per cent of his total diet.

"Most days that's all I eat. I do eat other foods but not very much if you catch me out eating that's a rare opportunity."

In almost 46 years he says there's only been eight days in which he hasn't eaten one, which prompted him to start hoarding "emergency" Big Macs in his freezer.

Snowstorms, work and travel were the reasons, though he also promised his mum he would abstain on the day she died.

Nowadays Don, a retired prison guard, only visits McDonald's twice a week.

Don Gorske biting into the 18,000th Big Mac in 2001.
Don Gorske biting into the 18,000th Big Mac in 2001.

On a Monday, he'll buy six Big Macs. He eats one, then wraps the rest in cling film and microwaves them as needed over the following days.

What a time to be alive. Picture: AP/Patrick Flood
What a time to be alive. Picture: AP/Patrick Flood

He returns on Thursday to buy another eight and repeat the process.

He also claimed his nurse wife Mary (who he met and proposed to at a McDonald's) is fine with his Big Mac "obsession" having struck an agreement with her before they married.

This is the moment, Don. Picture: YouTube
This is the moment, Don. Picture: YouTube

"She's fine with it. She doesn't mind. She eats a lot of microwaved stuff vegetables and stuff like that. We made an agreement when we got married that I could eat Big Macs if I didn't get fat.

"It's still my favourite food. So I'm pretty lucky - I can still eat my favourite food everyday."

 

This story originally appeared in The Sun and has been republished with permission.


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