The Brotatoes break the record
It is official, Guinness World Record announced that the UE High School Potato Posse broke the world record for the largest serving of mashed potatoes. The team of four seniors (juniors when they attempted to break the record on Saturday, June 20, 2015) were notified last week that their weight of 1,197.94 kg is the current world record.
As part of their 20% Project for their English class, seniors Evan Armstrong, Colin Stockdale, Tyler Hubeny and Jason Lin, also known as the Brotatoes, washed, boiled and mashed potatoes, then placed the cooked mashed potatoes in one ‘vat’, in hopes of breaking the world record, which stood at 1041.90 kg., achieved by the Futuroscope and Joël Robuchon in Poitiers, France on September 29, 2012.
Guinness World Record page
To complete their application, they had to send proof of their attempt, which included photos, videos, documentation, official weight measurements throughout the process and verification the potatoes were distributed.
They will receive an official certificate from Guinness in the coming days.
After weighing the potatoes, they filled sheet pans in order to freeze them so they could be distributed to CHOW.
For Guinness to accept a food record, all food must be eaten or distributed. Simply making the potatoes and then tossing them into the trash was not an option. CHOW worked with The Potato Posse to help coordinate preparation and distribution of the potatoes to local food kitchens.
The community played a big role in making this endeavor possible. Peter Newman of M&T Bank helped establish the initial contact with The Food Bank of the Southern Tier and CHOW. The Food Bank of the Southern Tier donated all 2,500 pounds of potatoes and CHOW helped distribute the mashed potatoes to its meal sites. Sodexo at Binghamton University provided guidance on how to make such a large quantity of mashed potatoes and oversaw the actual cooking process. Tractor Supply Company in Vestal loaned the 300 gallon vat that held the total amount of mashed potatoes and the UE Community provided donations and support.
Not only did the boys learn everything a person could about potatoes, they also acquired skills that will help them in their future endeavors, including networking, fundraising, and planning. The Brotatoes learned just how much work and cooperation goes into making something this big come to life.