Hooters World Wing-Eating Championships

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Yesterday saw the Texan leg of the Hooters World Wing-Eating Championships qualifying rounds held in Mesquite as part of the Real Texas Festival.

It was Bob Shoudt, ranked number five in the IFOCE competitive eater rankings who took first place at yesterday’s event, gobbling 120 wings in just 10 minutes he took first prize of $500 and a place in the grand finals in July. Second place went to Erik ‘The Red’ Denmark who was very close behind Shoudt with 117 tasty chicken wings, he was awarded $300. Outsider Nathan Biller took third place and $200 with just 100 wings.

“I could have eaten for a half hour at the pace we were going,” Shoudt boasted after the contest.

“My biggest problem today was getting the meat off the bone. Today I barely ate anything compared to what we usually eat during a competition. I have a good capacity. In fact I have probably one of the better capacities in the world.”

Shoudt now joins Sonya ‘Black Widow’ Thomas for the finals in New York City on National Chicken Wing Day. Thomas won her leg of the event with an impressive 140 wings.

“[Thomas] is always a tough competitor. She never gives up even when people are a tray ahead of her,” Shoudt said.

“The championship will come down to who can get the meat off of the bone. There are several people that can win the championship if they get in the zone. Today I definitely wasn’t in the zone. If I have a day like today at the finals, I lose.”

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