"Survivor Smorgasbord"
Cow blood africa linda kelly
Recurring Survivor Challenge
Description: A recurring food-eating challenge
Appearances: Borneo
The Australian Outback
The Amazon
Pearl Islands
Blood vs. Water

Survivor Smorgasbord (popularly known as the "Gross-Food Eating Challenge") is a recurring challenge that originated in Survivor: Borneo and was used in later seasons.


In this challenge, castaways must eat a variety of native, (usually gross) foods. This challenge has appeared multiple times throughout the Survivor series.

As a tribal challenge, whoever finishes the dish first, wins a point for their respective tribe. When this challenge is used as an individual challenge, the last person to finish each dish is out, the last player remaining wins.


In its debut during "The Generation Gap" in Survivor: Borneo, where the survivors were to eat a serving of butok or bug larvae. If a contestant refused to eat the beetle larvae, the contestant's tribe would automatically lose the challenge for the tribe. In order to break the tie, each tribes' most squeamish member faced off. Gervase Peterson and Stacey Stillman were pitted against each other. Stacey finished the larva first and won for Tagi.

The challenge returned in the Survivor: The Australian Outback episode "Suspicion", where a person from each tribe would compete against someone from the other. A spinning wheel determined what was to be eaten. This time, if someone refused to eat or threw up, they would lose a point for their tribe. Again, the challenge ended in a tie. Kimmi Kappenberg and Tina Wesson were chosen for the tiebreaker, and Kimmi won for Kucha by eating a mangrove worm first.

Another variation of this challenge appeared in the Survivor: Africa episode "Who's Zooming Whom?" where castaways had to drink a shot of cow's blood. During the early rounds of the challenge, milk was added to the blood to make it more appetizing. This challenge ended in a tie, in which Kelly Goldsmith and Linda Spencer had to drink a full glass of pure cow blood. Linda finished first and won for Samburu.

The challenge again appeared in Survivor: Marquesas. Tribe members had to eat farfaru (sunbathed fermented fish). This challenge ended in a tie, so Rob Mariano and Neleh Dennis had to compete against each other in the tiebreaker. Rob threw some of it up, while Neleh finished first and won for Rotu.

The first time that it was used in the post-merge phrase was in Survivor: Thailand, it was used as the Loved Ones Challenge. The last loved one standing won, Helen Glover's husband Jim won over Jake Billingsley's wife Jenny. At the final four Immunity Challenge, its final round was a tarantula-eating contest which was won by Brian Heidik.

A tournament-style format was incorporated in Survivor: The Amazon, Survivor: Caramoan, and Survivor: Blood vs. Water where Matthew von Ertfelda, John Cochran, and Monica Culpepper won respectively.

In Survivor: Pearl Islands, and Survivor: Samoa, the tribes faced off by individually facing off against each other in a smoothie drinking challenge, where several exotic food items were mixed into a single disgusting concoction. The Morgan and Galu tribes won them, respectively.

The challenge was reused in Survivor: All-Stars as an individual Reward Challenge, where the reward was a pizza feast with the winner's loved one to be enjoyed at the old Chapera camp. Similar to Thailand, the loved ones competed for reward. The slowest to finish a dish each round was eliminated. Tom Buchanan's son Bo won this challenge over Rob Mariano's brother Mike.

In Survivor: PalauKoror selected Tom Westman and Ian Rosenberger to compete against Ulong's last members, Stephenie LaGrossa and Bobby Jon Drinkard. The castaways had to eat balut. The first four rounds was even. The final round was time trial, which two castaways had to eat five balut. Tom finished his balut first, winning Koror 500 gallons of fresh water and various toiletries.

In Survivor: Cambodia, each castaway took turns eating Cambodian delicacies in order to try to score a point for their tribe. After an extremely close match, Bayon scored the winning point, earning them immunity.


Episode Challenge Type Winner
"The Generation Gap"
Tribal Immunity S1 dirk tS1 kelly tS1 richard t
S1 rudy tS1 sean tS1 stacey tS1 susan t
The Australian Outback
Tribal Immunity S2 alicia tS2 elisabeth tS2 jeff t
S2 kimmi tS2 michael tS2 nick tS2 rodger t
"Who's Zooming Whom?"
Tribal Immunity S3 brandon tS3 carl tS3 frank tS3 kimp t
S3 linda tS3 lindsey tS3 silas tS3 teresa t
"Nacho Momma"
Tribal Immunity S4 gabriel tS4 john tS4 kathy tS4 neleh t
S4 paschal tS4 robert tS4 tammy tS4 zoe t
"A Big Surprise... and Another"
Individual Reward
(Loved Ones Challenge)
S5 helen t
Helen Glover
The Amazon
"The Chain"
Individual Immunity S6 matthew t
Matthew von Ertfelda
Pearl Islands
"Everyone's Hero"
Tribal Immunity S7 andrew tS7 darrah t
S7 osten tS7 ryano tS7 tijuana t
"A Chapera Surprise"
Individual Reward
(Loved Ones Challenge)
S8 tom t
Tom Buchanan
"Neanderthal Man"
Tribal Reward S10 caryn tS10 coby tS10 gregg tS10 ian t
S10 janu tS10 jenn tS10 katie tS10 tom t
"This Is Not Survival... It's a Thrival"
Tribal Immunity S14 alex tS14 boo tS14 cassandra t
S14 dreamz tS14 edgardo tS14 gary t
S14 liliana tS14 lisi tS14 stacy t
"That's Love, Baby! It Makes You Strong!"
Tribal Immunity S15 erik tS15 jaime tS15 james tS15 peihgee t
Zhan Hu
"Walking on Thin Ice"
Tribal Reward S19 brett tS19 dave tS19 erik t
S19 john tS19 kelly tS19 laura t
S19 monica tS19 russells tS19 shambo t
"Blindside Time"
Individual Immunity S26 cochran t
John Cochran
Blood vs. Water
"My Brother's Keeper"
Individual Immunity S27 monica t
Monica Culpepper
"Bunking with the Devil"
Tribal Immunity S31 jeremy tS31 joe tS31 keith t
S31 kelley tS31 kimmi tS31 stephen tS31 tasha t