American financier and philanthropist Diamond Jim Brady was known to eat 6 or 7 giant lobsters, dozens of oysters, clams and crabs, 2 ducks, steak and desserts at a single sitting.
George Rector, a New York restaurateur said he was "the best twenty-five customers I ever had." Diamond Jim was also known to eat 8 steaks at one meal!
Louis XIV, known as the Sun King was reported by his sister-in-law to having eaten at one meal:
"four plates of different soups, an entire pheasant, a Partridge, a large plateful of salad, mutton cut up in pieces with garlic, two good pieces of ham, a plateful of cakes, and fruits and jams."
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