ANTIOCH -- Five pounds of ground beef wasn't enough. A six-pound omelet wasn't enough. For his recent appearance on the Food Network's "Outrageous Food," Jeremy "Lumpy" Sturgill had something more in mind.
Say hello to Lumpy's not-so-little friend, "The Intimidator," the newest artery-clogging breakfast eating challenge at Lumpy's Diner in Antioch.
"It comes out to about eight inches tall once you put it on a plate," says Sturgill, who prefers the moniker Lumpy.
The owner of the 2-year-old restaurant hosts eating contests for outsized burgers and breakfasts. Winners get a T-shirt and their name on the restaurant's Wall of Fame plaque.
The newest challenge, a seven-pound mound of meat and eggs, was featured on Food Network's Jan. 7 premiere of "Outrageous Food." Chef and host Tom Pizzica helped prepare "The Intimidator" and then watched three regulars race the clock to finish it. Lumpy's five-pound Dog pounder burger and 12-egg omelet were also served up during the show. Pizzica, a Bay Area chef, was impressed by the scope of the dishes served up at the local diner.
" The food is not only huge but it's also delicious," he crowed in an online interview. "No way I would have been able to tackle that breakfast, but it's so much fun to watch people try, and when they finish it just makes it that much more fun."
Contestant "Monster" Michael Reed downed the Intimidator in an astounding seven minutes, 46 seconds. Reed is already on the Wall of Fame with 19- and 13-minute times on the "Dog Pounder" and a 12-minute, 50-second-timed consumption of the "Kitchen Sink" omelet. His speed on "The Intimidator" shocked even him.
"I don't know how I did it so fast, "said Reed of Pittsburg.
He added he is expecting a call from Lumpy when Lumpy's next behemoth, a 10-pound burger, debuts. He isn't sure if he'll attempt it.
"I know he will. Maybe someday. It's ridiculously huge," Lumpy said.
Lumpy figures he'll have even big eaters like Reed stumped with the 10-pounder, so much so that he's considering offering cash as well as fame. Eat it in less than 30 minutes and get $300, less than 45 minutes for $200 and less than an hour for $100.
"If you don't eat it in an hour, you owe me $79.99," he said.
For Lumpy, the big portions and eating competitions are all about bringing fun and attention to his 2-year-old diner. The son of the founders of Digger's Diner in Concord, he often folds eating competitions into his annual car shows and charity events.
"Anybody can make a burger," he said. "I always say, 'What can we do to be different?'"
Two or three hundred people have tried to master his big dishes. Twenty-six burger eaters and three omelet consumers have achieved a spot on the Wall of Fame.
"A lot of people have put it on YouTube," Lumpy said.
That might be how Pizzica found the local diner. Lumpy at first thought the proposition from the show was a practical joke. When it proved the real deal, he was excited and nervous.
"It was pretty cool," he said. "Hollywood's different. It was kind of fun, but it was also kind of stressful."
As he looks to the future, he expects to come up with even more outrageous dishes for local diners.
"We like people to look at it and go, 'Wow!'"
Lumpy's newest breakfast challenge includes: