• Arabella Stratford

Nela Zisser Attempts to Beat Her Original Time on Her First Viral Food Challenge

If you follow the world of competitive eating, chances are you are familiar with Nela Zisser. Even if you aren’t familiar with competitive eating, you may still have heard of Nela Zisser given the fact that she is also a model.


Nela is 29 years old and hails from New Zealand. She began modeling in her late teens after moving to Auckland, New Zealand, which is also where her mother persuaded her to enter a local competitive eating contest.

She thought "why not?" and not only beat out 19 other competitors but won the entire competition! Nela described it as “the biggest rush of endorphins you can imagine,” which was undeniably a huge rush, I’m sure. After becoming hooked on adrenaline, Nela began uploading videos of her completing food challenges to YouTube. This helped her gain more notoriety since she realized that the number of eating competitions in New Zealand was few and far between. She has built a loyal band of followers who enjoy watching her attempt massive food challenges. As of June 2021, her channel boasts over 262,000 subscribers.

On May 27, 2021, Nela uploaded a video to her YouTube channel titled “Mad Mex 1kg Burrito Challenge.” The video is rather short, just under five minutes, but it is full of fascinating footage. It starts with Nela introducing the fact that she has done this burrito challenge several times in the past and one of those times included her first food challenge video that went viral. She explains in this recent video, her goal is to beat the time that she achieved with this same challenge last year, which is currently her record. She then unwraps the massive burrito from its shiny red foil and presents it to the camera for all to see. After getting a comfortable grip on the colossal burrito and pushing her hair off of her shoulders, Nela positions herself to swiftly start the stopwatch on her phone. She begins her countdown…three…two…one and quickly goes to town. Her form was impeccable. I never in my wildest dreams would have imagined that watching someone eat a giant burrito would be so mind-blowingly entertaining. Can Nela beat her original time for this massive burrito challenge? Watch below!


Nela Zisser is a prime example of why you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. She may be a model, but the girl is also an eating machine! To see more of Nela’s food challenges, you can follow her on social media here: Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok. Photo Credit: Nela Zisser