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A look at the competitive eating record book

Posted: Tuesday July 3, 2007 2:55PM; Updated: Tuesday July 3, 2007 3:57PM
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After polishing off seven hamburgers in 10 minutes, 105-pound Sonya Thomas became the reigning Burger Queen of competitive eating.
After polishing off seven hamburgers in 10 minutes, 105-pound Sonya Thomas became the reigning Burger Queen of competitive eating.
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By Greg Beaton

The NFL has the Vince Lombardi Trophy, the NHL has the Stanley Cup -- and Major League Eating has the Yellow Mustard Belt, which is up for grabs again this July 4 in the annual Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest on New York's Coney Island. The event will be as hotly-contested as ever as American fan favorite Joey Chestnut seeks to take down Takeru Kobayashi's hot dog dynasty.

But Chestnut's 59.5 hot-dogs-in-12-minutes performance last month doesn't tell the whole story of competitive eating. Over the past decade, the "sport" has grown from a state fair novelty into somewhat of a mainstream presence, one that peeks with its July 4 signature event. Despite the television contract with ESPN for the Nathan's contest and other partnerships and sponsorships that have helped the fledging Major League eating organization achieve some level of standardization, the sport's heart still lies in the desire of gluttonous individuals to test their gastric boundaries against their favorite foods.

For every craving, every hankering, every hunger that exists, a world record has likewise been set for a massive amount of consumption of that food item. So before you try your hand at becoming what the International Federation of Competitive Eating refers to as a "gurgitator," you might want to see how you stack up against these daunting records.

Here is a sampling of the IFOCE's record book:

16-inch pizza: 19 slices in 10 minutes (Patrick Bertoletti)
Armour Vienna Sausage: 8.31 pounds in 10 minutes (Sonya Thomas)
Asparagus: 8.6 pounds (deep fried tempura style) in 10 minutes (Joey Chestnut)
Baked Beans: 8.4 pounds in 2:47 (Don Lerman)
Beef Tongue: 3.2 pounds in 12 minutes (Dominic Cardo)
Birthday Cake: 5 pounds in 11:26 (Richard LeFevre)
Bologna: 2.76 pounds in 6 minutes (Don Lerman)
Brats: 58 in 10 minutes (Takeru Kobayashi)
Buffet food: 5.5 pounds in 12 minutes (Crazy Legs Conti)
Burritos: 15 burritos in 8 minutes (Eric Booker)
Butter: 7 quarter-pound sticks (salted) in 5 minutes (Don Lerman)
Cabbage: 6.5 pounds in 9 minutes (Charles Hardy)
Candy Bars: 2 pounds (chocolate) in 6 minutes (Eric Booker)
• Cannoli: 26 in 6 minutes (Cookie Jarvus/Timothy Janus)
• Cheesecake: 11 pounds in 9 minutes (Sonya Thomas)
• Chicken Nuggets: 80 in 5 minutes (Sonya Thomas)
• Chicken Wings: 182 in 30 minutes (Joey Chestnut)
• Chicken-Fried Steak: 6 11-ounce steaks (with gravy) in12 minutes (Cookie
Jarvis)
• Chili: 1.5 gallons in 10 minutes (Richard LeFevre)
• Chili Cheese Fries: 8.1 pounds in 10 minutes (Sonya Thomas)
• Conch Fritters: 45 in 6 minutes (Joe Menchetti)
• Corn Dogs: 12 in 10 minutes (Richard LeFevre)
• Corned Beef & Cabbage: 5.75 pounds in 10 minutes (Patrick Bertoletti)
• Corned Beef Hash: 4 pounds in 1:58 (Eric Booker)
• Corned Beef Sandwiches: 11 (8-ounces each) in10 minutes (Patrick Bertoletti)
• Cow Brains: 57 (17.7 pounds) in 15 minutes (Takeru Kobayashi)
• Crab Cakes: 46 in 10 minutes (Sonya Thomas)
• Crawfish: 331 in 12 minutes (Chris Hendrix)
• Deep-Fried Okra: 9.75 pounds in10 Minutes (Sonya Thomas)
• Doughnuts: 49 (glazed) in 8 minutes (Eric Booker)
• Dumplings: 91 (Chinese style) in 8 minutes (Cookie Jarvis)
• Eggs: 65 (hard boiled) in 6:40 (Sonya Thomas)
• French Fries: 4.46 pounds in 6 minutes (Cookie Jarvis)
• Fruitcake: 4.9 pounds in 10 minutes (Sonya Thomas)
• Gelatin Dessert: 7 pounds in 3 minutes (Steve Lakind)
• Grapes: 8.9 pounds in 10 minutes (Cooke Jarvis)
• Green Beans: 2.7 pounds in 6 minutes (Crazy Legs Conti)
• Grilled Cheese Sandwiches: 47 in 10 minutes (Joey Chestnut)
• Gyoza: 212 (chicken and vegetable) in 10 minutes (Joey Chestnut)
• Ham: 2.6 pounds in 5 minutes (Seaver Miller)
• Hamburgers: 7 (3/4 pounders) in 10 minutes (Sonya Thomas)
• Hamentaschen: 50 in 6 minutes (Eric Booker)
• Hot Dogs: 59.5 (with buns) in 12 minutes (Joey Chestnut)
• Huevos Rancheros: 7.75 pounds in 10 minutes (Richard LeFevre)
• Ice Cream: 1.75 gallons (vanilla) in 8 minutes (Patrick Bertoletti)
• Jalapenos, Pickled: 247 pickled in 8 minutes (Patrick Bertoletti)
• Jambalaya: 9 Pounds (crawfish) in 10 minutes (Sonya Thomas)
• Key Lime Pie: 10.8 pounds in 8 minutes (Patrick Bertoletti)
• Lobster Rolls: 41 in 10 minutes (Takeru Kobayashi)
• Maine Lobster: 44 (11.3 Pounds of meat) in 12 minutes (Sonya Thomas)
• Matzo Balls: 21 (baseball sized) in 5:25 (Eric Booker)
• Mayonnaise: 1 gallon in 8 minutes (Oleg Zhornitskiy)
• Meat Pies: 16 (6-ounce) pies in 10 minutes (Boyd Bulot)
• Meatballs: 10 pounds (3-ounce balls) in 12 minutes (Sonya Thomas)
• Mince Pies: 46 in 10 minutes (Sonya Thomas)
• Native American Fry Bread: 9.75 in 8 minutes (Erik The Red Denmark)
• Onions: 8.5 ounces (three onions) in 1 minute (Eric Booker)
• Oysters: 46 in 10 minutes (Sonya Thomas)
• Pancakes & bacon: 3.5 pounds in 12 minutes (Crazy Legs Conti)
• Pasta: 6.7 pounds in 10 minutes (Cookie Jarvis)
• Peas: 9.5 pounds in 12 minutes (Eric Booker)
• Pelemeni: 274 in 6 minutes (Dale Boone)
• Pickles, Sour: 2.99 pounds in 5 minutes (Cookie Jarvis)
• Pickles, Vinegar: 2.7 pounds in 6 minutes (Brian Seiken)
• Pomme Frites: 2.5 pounds in 8 minutes (Cookie Jarvis)
• Pork and Beans: 84 ounces in 1:52 (Dale Boone)
• Pork Ribs: 8.4 pounds in 12 minutes (Joey Chestnut)
• Pork, Pulled: 9.5 pounds in 10 minutes (Joey Chestnut)
• Pork, Pulled Sandwiches: 23 in 10 minutes (Sonya Thomas)
• Posole: 109.75 ounces in12 minutes (Carlene LeFevre)
• Pumpkin Pies: 4 in 12 minutes (Eric Booker)
• Quesadilla: 31.5 (4-inch) in 5 minutes (Sonya Thomas)
• Reindeer Sausage: 28 in 10 minutes (Dale Boone)
• Rice Balls: 20 pounds in 30 minutes (Takeru Kobayashi)
• Sausage Sandwiches: 13.25 in 12 minutes (ChipBurger Simpson)
• Shoo-Fly Pie: 11.1 pounds in 8 minutes (Patrick Bertoletti)
• Shrimp: 5 pounds in 12 minutes (Erik The Red Denmark)
SPAM: 6 pounds in 12 minutes (Richard LeFevre)
• Strawberry Rhubarb Pie: 7.9 pounds in 8 minutes (Patrick Bertoletti)
• Strawberry Shortcake: 15.25 pounds in 8 minutes (Patrick Bertoletti)
• Sweet Corn: 34.75 ears in 12 minutes (Crazy Legs Conti)
• Sweet Potato Casserole: 8.6 pounds in 11 minutes (Sonya Thomas)
• Tacos: 48 in 11 minutes (Sonya Thomas)
• Tamales: 51 in 12 minutes (Timothy Janus)
• Tex Mex Rolls: 30 in 12 minutes (Richard LeFevre)
• Tiramisu: 4 pounds in 6 minutes (Timothy Janus)
• Toasted Ravioli: 4 pounds in 12 minutes (Sonya Thomas)
• Turducken: 7.75 pounds in 12 minutes (Sonya Thomas)
• Waffles: 18.5 (8-ounces) in 10:23 (Joey Chestnut)
• Watermelon: 13.22 pounds in 15 minutes (Jim Reeves)
• Whole Turkey: 4.8 pounds in 18 minutes (Patrick Bertoletti)

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