- Title: USA: MAJOR LEAGUE MUNCHERS PARTICIPATE IN ANNUAL PICKLE EATING CONTEST
- Date: 22nd May 2004
- Summary: (L!2) NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (MAY 19, 2004) (REUTERS) CARNEGIE DELI CARNEGIE DELI SIGN VARIOUS OF TABLE CONTESTANT ED "COOKIE" JARVIS PREPARING ERIC "BADLANDS" BOOKER CONTESTANT RAPPING CROWDS COUNTDOWN TO CONTEST VARIOUS OF CONTESTANTS COOKIE BEING HANDED TROPHY
- Embargoed: 6th June 2004 13:00
- Location: NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Entertainment,Quirky,Light / Amusing / Unusual / Quirky
- Reuters ID: LVAEEVZAMXLWIAQNERJA4C6QMWHE
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- Story Text: Major league munchers participate in America's Annual Pickle-Eating Contest.
How many pickles can a person eat in five minutes? At New York's Carnegie Deli, several of the world's top competitive eaters, gathered for America's Annual Pickle Eating Contest, ate over 25 pickles in barely a couple of minutes.
Ed Cookie Jarvis accepted the first place trophy, beating fellow contestants like 'Gentleman' Joe Menchetti and Eric 'Badlands' Booker, all heavyweights in the world of eating contests. Jarvis managed to chow down a belly-bursting 28 pickles in the allotted time.
Jarvis, a realtor from Long Island, is proud of his achievements which includes eating over 40 meatballs in four minutes, 30 hot dogs and buns at Nathan's Fourth of July Contest. Jarvis has a room full of trophies at home, serving as a testament for his super speed eating abilities.
No records were broken outside Carnegie Deli, but the group of quick chewers managed to get through massive quantities of the sour, slimy product.
Jarvis, the winner of the contest, said that despite having filled his stomach, he had room for more.
Said Jarvis, "I feel great. I feel like eating a corned beef sandwich. I ate just under three pounds of pickles."
Gentleman Joe Menchetti, who was beaten by Jarvis, was not in the least bit upset about losing.
Said Menchetti, "I can live with that,. The man is number two in the world."
For many, taking such a sport seriously in a country with a growing obesity problem may seem ludicrous.
But for Ben and Sherie Dillow, who were in town from Pennsylvania, it was fun to watch.
Said Ben, "It was great, amazed . Standing out in the rain in New York to see something like this."
And despite the rain, local New Yorkers gathered on the street outside the Deli to watch the pickle -eating contestants devour with abandon.
Competitive eating is the world's fastest growing sport, according to the World Federation of Competitive Eating.
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