KU Relays Breaks World Record with Largest Serving of Nachos
April 21, 2012
LAWRENCE, Kan. – It was an exciting day at the track and on the field on the fourth and final day of the 2012 Kansas Relays Saturday, and in the midst of all of that excitement, Kansas Athletics set a record of its own by serving the world’s biggest-ever plate of nachos, as certified by the Guinness Book of World Records.
The event took place inside Memorial Stadium, with service from noon – 2:30 p.m. Organizers started building the plate of nachos at 10 a.m. It was over 80 feet long, two feet wide and 10 inches deep, weighing in at a world-record 4,689 pounds. Fans with a ticket stub for the Kansas Relays and a canned food donation, or a cash donation to the LINK Kitchen, were able to take part in the festivities and help polish off the world-record nacho feast. Representatives from the Kansas Department of Agriculture and Food Safety and the Guinness Book of World Records were on hand to certify the record-breaking attempt. KU student-athletes also helped serve individual plates of the nachos to the fans.
Kansas Athletics partnered with local restaurant The Salty Iguana and Kansas Athletics’ hospitality partner, Centerplate, to help in setting the world record, which raised money for the LINK Kitchen, a Lawrence-based charity that feeds the hungry five days a week.
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. They used a total of 860 pounds of nacho cheese topped off with 200 pounds of Salty Iguana’s famous Iguana Dip, 600 pounds of fresh salsa, tomatoes and cilantro, 860 pounds of beef, 1,200 pounds of beans, 315 pounds of jalapenos and 600 pounds of tortilla chips for a total of 4,450 pounds of mouth-watering nachos.
“I got here early and I saw them putting it all together today,” said Leavenworth High School coach Willis Willmeth. “I wasn’t sure how it would all work, but it’s great! I hope they raise a lot of money, it’s a great cause. The nachos are really good. There are a lot of different ingredients in it and I am enjoying it!”
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