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article imageNacho platter weighing 4,689 pounds breaks Guinness World Record

By Leigh Goessl     Apr 24, 2012 in Food
Lawrence - This past weekend a massive plate of nachos set a new standard for the biggest platter of nachos, creating the latest Guinness World Record for the category. The event happened in Lawrence, Kansas.
The record-breaking culinary creation was put together on Sat., Apr. 21 at the Kansas Relays, a collaboration of Kansas Athletics with local restaurant The Salty Iguana and Kansas Athletics' hospitality partner, Centerplate.
Buzzfeed reports the last Guinness World Record for Largest Serving of Nachos weighed in at 3,999 pounds and was accomplished by Ninety Nine Restaurant in Billerica, Mass. This record was set in Oct. 2011.
If anyone wants to break the record, the new set record of a whopping 4,689 pounds will need to be beat.
According to the World Records Academy, nacho builders began constructing the massive platter around 10 a.m. In the end it ran over 80 feet in length, was two feet wide and 10 inches deep.
In all, 600 pounds of tortilla chips, 860 pounds of nacho cheese, 600 pounds of fresh salsa, tomatoes and cilantro, 200 pounds of Salty Iguana's famous Iguana Dip, 860 pounds of beef, 1,200 pounds of beans, and 315 pounds of jalapeno peppers.
The weight was determined by judged to be 4,689 pounds after examining the total weight of the food (4,450 pounds) and weight of nachos including the packaging and excess remnants (5,002.6 pounds).
World Records Academy reports, "Centerplate led the production of the nachos, using Rico's corn chips, ground beef, salsa, beans, nacho cheese and freshly made pico de gallo. Centerplate and The Salty Iguana then added their culinary expertise to make sure the nachos were fresh, flavorful and delicious."
Large was a part of the goal, however it was reported taste was not to be sacrificed when building this nacho platter. Fresh cilantro was used, along with chopped onions and marinated beef.
“We wanted to do something to match the spirit of the relays, which is breaking records,” said Rick Brown, general manager of Centerplate told The University Daily Kansan. “We thought it would be great to do something with food and we really wanted to do something that we could involve the community in.”
KWTX reported the more than two-ton platter didn't last long as the nachos were apparently a popular item for people attending the Kansas Relays.
When the nachos platter was finished, attendees paid $1.00 or donated a canned food item in exchange for a serving. All proceeds went to the Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen (LINK), a charity that feeds the hungry three-course meals several days a week. LINK Coordinator Greg Moore said this donation will significantly help the organization.
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