''Epic Meal Time'' is a Canadian YouTube cooking show known for creating extremely high-calorie meals, generally out of meat products (with particular emphasis on bacon) and including alcohol (especially Jack Daniel's). It debuted in October 2010, and since then has started to release an episode every Tuesday. It is hosted by Harley Morenstein and a group of his friends. They are now represented by The Gersh Agency and Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, and have signed with multi-channel network Collective Digital Studio.〔(【引用サイトリンク】website=http://collectivedigitalstudio.com/partners/ )〕 ''Epic Meal Time'' won the 2011 Shorty Award in the Food Category.
The series began in Montreal, Quebec, the group's place of origin, but episodes have been filmed in California, where guest stars including Tony Hawk, Smosh and Arnold Schwarzenegger have made appearances.
In December 2012, ''Epic Meal Time'' spawned a spin-off series titled ''Epic Chef'', inspired by the Food Network series ''Chopped''. In this series, two chefs battle the 45-minute clock to create a meal using three secret ingredients mixed with a briefcase full of bacon and the featured alcoholic drink of the day.
The idea for ''Epic Meal Time'' was created when a friend filmed Morenstein eating a Wendy's hamburger that contained six beef patties and eighteen bacon strips to the theme song from ''The Terminator''. They posted the footage on YouTube, where it gathered thousands of hits. They decided to film the first episode of ''Epic Meal Time'', titled "The Worst Pizza Ever!". In the episode, they created a "fast food pizza" containing KFC popcorn chicken, a Taco Bell Crunchwrap Supreme (taco), a McDonald's Big Mac and Chicken McNuggets, a Wendy's Baconator and french fries, an A&W Teen Burger (bacon cheeseburger) and onion rings, and a cheese pizza. The entire meal totaled 5,210 calories and 286 grams of fat. It was posted on YouTube on October 17, 2010. On October 17, 2011, one year after their first video, they re-made their first ever meal, but this time in a cake.
Morenstein admits the show is "''Jackass'' in the kitchen", and ''Epic Meal Times logo is closely modeled after the American stunt and prank show's own skull and crutches logo.〔 An upside-down cooking pot rests on the skull, while the crutches have been replaced by crossed carving knives.
The group filmed a pilot for G4TV. They were formerly signed with Revision3, an Internet-based television network,〔(【引用サイトリンク】url=http://revision3.com/blog/2011/04/26/epicmealtime/ )〕 before leaving the network in July 2012.
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