Interview with Chris Hartranft -110 Reuben Challenger



Today we share a recent interview with Chris Hartranft, who completed the 110 Reuben Challenge in our Florence location.  He is from Knoxville, TN and drove to Northern Kentucky to take the challenge after promotions began for Travel Channel’s Man V Food Nation Cincinnati episode.


How did you fare?

I completed the challenge in 29 minutes 40 seconds.


What brought you in to do the Challenge?

I found the challenge on the Travel Channel’s website promoting the Man v. Food Nation episode featuring Cincinnati.


Have you done other challenges and if so, how did the 110 Reuben compare?

I’ve completed about a dozen other challenges to date.  The 110 Reuben is one of the most difficult challenges I’ve encountered.


What was your favorite part of the challenge?

It’s tough to isolate a single element of this challenge to pick as a favorite.  First, I’d have to say the people.  John Bent and his staff were great!  They were as much a part of my challenge experience as the 110 Reuben itself.  In addition to the people, I’d have to say the food quality.  The Reuben was delicious.  This definitely contributed to my success in the challenge.


What put a hurt on you?

The bread…  While delicious, and absolutely perfect for the Reuben, It’s a lot of bread.


Best quote to summarize your experience

I departed Knoxville, TN on a Saturday morning to take on a food challenge at Izzy’s in Florence, KY that afternoon.  When I arrived, I got the challenge I was looking for, and more.  Not only was the sandwich enormous, it was delicious.  In addition, John Bent and his staff were great!  They seemed to be as excited about the challenge as I was.  It was a long way to go for “lunch” but it was definitely worth the drive.


I am envious of Adam Turer and the new challenge Izzy’s has offered to him.  I’ve browsed the menu on the Izzy’s website.  I don’t see a single item that I wouldn’t thoroughly enjoy.


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