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Food critic falls into coma after binge eating free biscuits

By Mason White 12:04 PM June 24, 2013
Kevin Shalin  

By: John Roberts
A food critic was hospitalized after he ate too many butter cookies, which he received for free.

After he was told that the cookies were free, Kevin Shalin, a food critic, tried to break the record of eating the most butter cookies in a restaurant, but he was unable to reach the record as he went into a coma.

Shalin, better known as The Mighty Rib, joined a number of fellow food critics to try the food at Red Lobster. They received a plate of butter cookies, which are free to anyone who orders food. “He sat at the bar while waiting for a table and decided to try one of the cookies. He thought they were the greatest thing he ever put in his mouth,” Local food critic Daniel Walker said.

The signature Cheddar Bay Biscuits from Red Lobster are given to customers for free with purchased food in unlimited quantities. They list of cookies as 150 calories each.

Another guest, Kelly Gee, added: “They said those are free, eat as much as you like.” After eating 30 cookies, Shalin went to the manager and asked what the record for most cookies eaten by a customer was. He then returned to the table and said: ‘I think I can do 415’, and he started to dig in. His beard was covered in crumbs as he ate the cookies.”

After eating 412 cookies Shalin said he felt dizzy. Friends encouraged him to stop eating, but he continued as he wanted to reach his goal of 415. After consuming 413 cookies, Shalin fell to the ground in convulsions.

He was taken to a hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas. Doctors confirmed that he went into a coma shortly after being admitted to the emergency room. Doctors believe that th ebutter blocked his arteries. Hospital officials said they have drained about two liters of butter from him. Doctors expect him to make a full recovery.

In 2010, Shalin started a food blog called The Mighty Rib. Within six months, Shalin became a contributing writer for the Houston Press’ food blog, Eating Our Words. He is a food critic and writer on food for news media, as well as daily updates to his personal blog.

He also founded TheMightyRib.com, where he manages a team of unique and diverse writers spread throughout the country. These writers contribute pieces on a monthly basis, ranging from restaurant reviews to gourmet recipes.