Buggin' Out (also known as Tucker'd Out, Safari Supper, Marquesan Menu, Thai Menu, Amazon Menu, Survivor Smoothie, Survivor Smorgasbord, Cool Hand Balut, U Pick, I Chews, Samoa Smoothies, Caramoan Catering, Pesky Palate, Cambodian Catering, and Fijian Feast, but popularly referred to as the "Gross-Food Eating Challenge") is a recurring challenge that originated in Survivor: Borneo and has since been 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, while the last player remaining wins.


In its debut in Borneo, the castaways 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 of Pagong and Stacey Stillman of Tagi were pitted against each other. Stacey finished the larva first and won immunity for Tagi.

The challenge returned in The Australian Outback 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 of Kucha and Tina Wesson of Ogakor were chosen for the tiebreaker, and Kimmi won for Kucha by eating a mangrove worm first.

Another variation of this challenge appeared in Africa 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 of Boran and Linda Spencer of Samburu had to drink a full glass of pure cow blood. Linda finished first and won for Samburu.

The challenge again appeared in Marquesas. Tribe members had to eat farfaru (sunbathed fermented fish). This challenge ended in a tie, so Rob Mariano of Maraamu and Neleh Dennis of Rotu 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 Thailand, it was used as the family visit challenge where the last loved one standing won. Helen Glover's husband Jim won over Jake Billingsley's wife Jenny. At the final four Immunity Challenge, the final round was a tarantula-eating contest which was won by Brian Heidik.

In The Amazon, it was used as an individual Immunity Challenge where the last two people in each round were eliminated. Ultimately, Matthew von Ertfelda won over Deena Bennett in the final round to win immunity.

In Pearl Islands, the tribes faced off by individually competing against each other in a smoothie drinking challenge, where several exotic food items were mixed into a single disgusting concoction. The Morgan tribe won this challenge.

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

In Fiji, each castaway took turns eating Fijian delicacies in order to try to score a point for their tribe. Despite being excited to eat, due to their lack of food resources at camp, Ravu lost to Moto 5 to 2, sending Ravu to their third consecutive Tribal Council.

In China, each castaway took turns traditional Chinese dishes in order to try to score a point for their tribe. Even though James Clement of Zhan Hu hatched a plan with the Fei Long tribe to throw the challenge, Denise Martin of Fei Long struggled to down the balut, forcing James to abandon the plan, paving the way for Zhan Hu to win immunity and send Fei Long to Tribal Council.

The Samoa variation of the challenge was similar to that of Pearl Islands, with smoothies once again being made out of the exotic ingredients. The Galu tribe won, mostly due to Ashley Trainer of Foa Foa having a tough time consuming her drinks.

When the challenge returned in Caramoan, it was used for the first individual Immunity Challenge. In the end, John Cochran was able to beat Malcolm Freberg and win himself immunity.

In Blood vs. Water, the challenge ultimately came down to Gervase Peterson and Monica Culpepper in the final round. As in Borneo, Gervase again failed to eat his serving of larvae in time, giving Monica the win and immunity.

In Cambodia, each castaway took turns eating Cambodian delicacies in order to try to score a point for their tribe. Just like in her original season, Kimmi Kappenberg of Bayon struggled due to being vegetarian. After an extremely close match, Bayon scored the winning point, earning them immunity.

In Ghost Island, the castaways battled for individual immunity. In each round, they were challenged to eat fish eyes, beetle larva, Yasawa sea slugs, and mother-of-pearl clam. In the final round, Angela Perkins beat out Michael Yerger to win 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
(Family Visit)
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
(Family Visit)
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
Ghost Island
"The Sea Slug Slugger"
Individual Immunity S36 angela t
Angela Perkins




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