A competitive Los Angeles eater trying to complete a pizza challenge was thrown out of a Colorado pizzeria by the owner who allegedly called her a “dirty, lying bitch” trying to scam his company.
Raina Huang, 27, went to StevO’s Pizza n Ribs in Aurora on Sunday to take on the OMG 28” pizza challenge, which requires participants to eat the large pizza within an hour without breaks for a prize of $100.
But surveillance footage obtained by ABC 7 Denver captured restaurant owner Steve Wieand turning Huang away after asking for her food to be recorded.
Huang said Wieand called her explicit names and accused her of being a professional food competitor who tried to scam his business before kicking her out of his business.
“He called me a ‘dirty, lying wh***’ right to my face,” Huang said in tears in a video posted to her Instagram stories. “I’ve never had such a bad restaurant experience, I was only here for a pizza challenge. I do not understand.’
Surveillance footage captured restaurant owner Steve Wieand (left) turns Huang (pictured) away after asking to record her food
Raina Huang, went to StevO’s Pizza n Ribs in Aurora (pictured) on Sunday to take on the OMG 28” pizza challenge, where the competitor has to eat a large pizza within an hour without breaks for a price of $100
“He called me a dirty, lying wh*** right to my face,” Huang said in tears in a video posted to her Instagram stories. “I’ve never had such a bad restaurant experience, I was only here for a pizza challenge. I do not understand.’
The pizzeria has no rules in the restaurant or online that specify who can participate in the challenge.
Huang, who weighs just over 130 pounds, has amassed 1.7 million followers on her TikTok page Rainaiscrazy due to videos of eating challenges where she eats massive amounts of food in impressive times.
The 27-year-old travels across the US taking on food challenges and competitions, and has won hundreds of them, but is not a certified food competitor.
“I’m not a professional eater because I’m not part of the professional eating competition, and I’m not participating in the Nathan’s Hot Dog (eating contest),” Huang said. ABC 7 Denver.
Some of Huang’s impressive feats include devouring an 18-inch pizza with four toppings and a 40-ounce drink in just 8.03 minutes.
Wieand’s daughter, Stephanie Wieand, works at the family restaurant and told Denver7 that she was present at the confrontation between her father and Huang, and disagreed with her father’s handling of the situation.
“I think it could have been handled better,” Stephanie Wieand said. “All I want to say is I apologize to Raina and everyone.”
Although Wieland himself has not commented on the situation, his daughter said he regrets it.
“I’d say he definitely feels bad,” she told Denver7.
Since Huang shared her experience online, Stephanie Wieand said people called and hung up StevO’s Pizza n Ribs, and more than 50 people gave the pizzeria star reviews on Yelp before being forced to disable reviews in the app.
The restaurant already had a poor record on Google, with reviewers accusing an unnamed man at the restaurant of foul language and threats, Denver7 reported.
Wieand said her father isn’t afraid to stand up to customers if he thinks it’s necessary.
Huang has amassed 1.7 million followers on her TikTok page Rainaiscrazy for her amazing eating challenges where she eats massive amounts in impressive times
Wieand’s daughter, Stephanie Wieand, works at the family restaurant and told Denver7 that she saw the confrontation between her father and Huang and disagreed with how her father handled the situation
Huang said she shared her negative experience at StevO’s because she felt she was being treated unfairly and hopes Weiland will not treat others the way he treated her.
“I just want him to have more respect for his customers, for other people in general,” Huang told Denver7.
A silver lining for Huang is that several restaurant owners have since reached out to her offering food challenges.
Huang was not deterred by the incident. On Instagram, the next day, Huang posted more food challenges at other Colorado restaurants, including a large plate of curly fries and a large nacho plate.
She thanked her followers for their support after the ordeal and said she is “feeling better.”