Randy Santel might not be a name people from Joplin know but millions around the world know his name.  He’s appeared in television shows.  Stars on his own YOU TUBE CHANNEL followed by hundreds of thousands of people that has new episodes every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  

He owns the domain www.foodchallenges.com and is the expert in field of eating mass quantities and holds numerous world records.  

In 2010 he won a Men’s Health magazine contest going through an ultimate body transformation, losing 100 lbs and earning a spot as an extra in the STARZ® tv show, Sparticus, starring Lucy Lawless.  

“Right now we are over 700 wins.  the goal will be to get up to 1,000 wins in 50 states and 50 countries.” Randy Santel on Food Challenges

He came to Joplin to face the El Taco Loco ‘6 lb burrioto loco challenge’.  One must eat the burrito in 10 minutes or less.  It is a $35.99 burrito if you can’t finish it.  

Did he do it?  Joplin News First was there and filmed it all behind the scenes.  CLICK here to see Randy take on the 6 LB burrito in our FB video.  Or scroll below to see it if you don’t have FB.  

As we spent time talking, our conversation took a turn to the future. Randy tells us, “I’ll graduate [college] in two weeks with a degree in dietetics. After 12 hours of an internship I’ll be able to become a registered dietitian.”

“Eventually we will start transitioning to helping people better understand nutrition and weight management.”

With more than a million people who follow him on all his social media channels he will be the most-followed dietitian in the world.  

Randy goes on to say, “dietitians don’t have any kind of presence on social media. And which we are known as the nutrition professionals. It’s really hard to grow your social media posting pictures of broccoli and cale!  I mean all kinds of people need help with nutrition and weight management. So as a dietitian I’ll be able to connect and better help people.”

But for now?  Randy is going to Alaska soon.  That will make 50 states he has won challenges in, “it’s sort of a graduation present to myself, and we are going to China!”


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