It’s one of Sydney’s most unlikely institutions, and it’s back for another year for the entire month of October. So get a crew together, punch some extra holes in that belt, and settle in to take up the mighty gauntlet that will be thrown down with a side of wine: it’s time for the Steersons Steakhouse 1kg T-Bone Challenge.
It’s now in its 12th year and beloved across Sydney, with hundreds of obsessed fans returning each year to show off their skills. Steersons’ general manager George Vitalis has seen it all, so we asked him to give us the lowdown on the challenge and its esteemed, hysterical history.
We have been running the challenge since 2005, so this will be our 12th year. There is one basic rule to the challenge: finish the steak. There’s no time limit, you just need to finish it. We are pretty lenient when it comes to the judging, and overall its bit of fun where our customers get involved in the occasion, and most importantly get to eat top-quality beef. The flavour and quality of the steak makes the challenge that little bit easier.
That said, we do have our serious competitors. We have the single diner, all the way to a table of 20 that come in for it. We have families, corporate groups, our staff, even the odd celebrity comes in to give it go. We’ll sell over 500 T-bones in the month alone.
The challenge has now become a tradition. People love it and look forward to it. I was getting asked the question back in January – whether or not “it’s on again”.
I guess, above all, our customers get their name up on our 1kg Wall of Fame. Every day we have customers come in and point out their names on the board to their mates, family and co-workers. (Even their bosses!) They take photos in front of it, it’s like a badge of honour.
People return to do it all the time. Each year we see the same faces coming in to give it go. Not only do I see them once, but we have several customers come back 3 or 4 times in the month to re-do it.
Last year two young gentlemen came in and were bragging that they could eat two steaks each. I gave them no chance. I even upped the stakes and told them I’d take care of the wine if they could do it. They went for it! When the first steak arrived, one of lads went hell for leather, while the other was taking it nice and slow. They each had their own strategy and ultimately both were able to do it. The one taking his time and eating it slowly actually finished first. I couldn’t believe it… I wouldn’t recommend it.
Steersons Steakhouse’s 1kg T-Bone Challenge
1 October – 31 October
02 9295 5060