What a talk.
“I can’t imagine anything worse than being seen, never mind being known “
Not the words you would expect to hear from a woman like Leah Shutkever – Europe’s No.1 Competitive eater, and holder of 28 official Guinness World Records.
We got that wrong ☝️☝️ It’s 28!!!!
Leah’s bio-in-20-seconds could read:
Born in Redditch
Studied BA Architecture at BCU
2014 Architectural Assistant at The Space Studio
2015-2018 EOS Interiors as Interior Design Manager
2018-2019 Did a bit of Freelance Design
2019-Current day Full-time content creating
Today, Leah has over 2m followers on social media, over 100 million video views, is Europe’s No1 Female Competitive Eater, and has been featured in the Guinness World Records book for the past 3 years.
She can smash 3 boiled eggs in 7.8 seconds, a subway footlong in 50 seconds, and medium Dominos in under a minute.
Oh, and over 9m people have seen a video of her swallowing an orange. WHOLE.
There was a real buzz in the air. And the cameras were ready to roll.
130 people registered to come and say hello.
Look how happy we were.
And Leah did not let us down.
Selfies were doing their rounds.
And the food rocked as usual.
But WHAT A TALK!!
It had anything.
From architect to social media influencer and full time content creator. Oh and repping Team GB and competing all across the world in the middle.
We spoke about resilience, motivations, family and fooooooood.
How did you know you could swallow an egg whole?
How do you monetise YouTube?
What’s the difference between Leah Shutkever and ‘The Shuts”?
We could have gone on forever.
Leah, you were/are marvelous and a living example of how we all still have time to chase our dreams.
And if you’re thinking “what exactly are her records?”, well here are a few:
Most jam doughnuts eaten in three minutes: 10
Fastest time to drink one litre of gravy: 1 min 4.9 seconds
Most tomatoes eaten in one minute: 8
Most sausages swallowed in one minute: 12
Fastest time to eat 80 g of watercress: 45.26 seconds
Most spring rolls eaten in one minute: 301 grams
Most lasagne eaten in 30 seconds: 380 g
Fastest time to eat a cucumber: 27.16 seconds
Most mini gherkins/pickles eaten in one minute: 23
Most hot cross buns eaten in three minutes: 6
Fastest time to eat a Chocolate Orange: 57.14 seconds
Most marshmallows eaten in one minute (no hands): 20
Thank you, Leah.
Thank you for being so honest.
Thank you for taking time to speak to us – even when it was “go-live” night.
So, what’s next? The date for Unbox #6 is Thursday the 18th of May. And it’s going to be awesome. More details will follow, promise.
For now, however, thanks for the continued support. Keep it real. Keep learning. And Keep Unboxing.