Athletes come in many different sizes and shapes. When you investigate the world of competitive eating, you will find an even more varied group of contestants. But don’t let the small homemaker type or thin, lean teenager fool you. Competitive food athletes take their sport seriously. They train and they plot their activities before the big day, and most of them have found patent ways to recover afterwards. Burger eating challenges have their set of requirements and demands, but that hasn’t stopped a variety of people from making a name for themselves with burgers!
Here are some of the big names in burger challenges from the past few years:
Sonya “Black Widow” Thomas– ate a 9-pound cheeseburger in 27 minutes on January 21, 2006 (Plaza Hotel Casino. Her prize was $5,000
Don Lerman– ate 11 one-fourth pound “Cloud Burgers, in 10 minutes. Prize unknown.
Joey “Jaws” Chestnut– ate 103 Krystal Burgers in 8 minutes on October 28, 2007 (Nashville, Tennessee). He took home a $10,000 prize.”Humble” Bob Shoudt took the home the second prize with 95 burgers and a $7500 cash out.
As you can see, burger eating can be profitable. If you would like to try your luck at this unique style of competition, here are some upcoming contests:
8th Wonder– (“Clinton Station Diner,” Clinton, N.J) You, along with nine teammates are challenged to tackle the largest burger in the world. The 8th Wonder Burger is 11.5 inches tall and is 105 pounds of meat. Ten people are given 60 minutes to devour this monster. The prize for this feat is $5,000
Monster Red Ruby Challenge-(Urban Burger Restaurant, Exeter England). The challenge here is to eat 7 six ounce burger patties, 14 slices of bacon, seven slices of cheese and two large fries, in 20 minutes. You can get a t-shirt and a free meal if you are a winner at this one.
Zeus Burger Challenge– (“Clinton Station Diner,” Clinton N.J.) – This is a 12-pound burger with all the fixings. The person to finish this the fastest will win $500.
Four Pound Burger Challenge– (“Central Avenue Cafe,”) Gainesville, GA The prize for being the first to finish this four pounder is $100
Burger eating competitions have become big money events for some competitors. So, if you think your appetite can keep up, then train, but don’t diet. Competitors say that you have to eat to stretch your stomach in preparation for this massive eating binge! How many sports do you get to eat as much as you want? If this sounds good to you, .join in the fun!