WORLD'S TOP EATERS BATTLE IN ALKA-SELTZER® US OPEN OF COMPETITIVE EATING
The series, produced by the IFOCE, featured the world’s 32 top eaters. Placing second in the event and earning $5,000 was Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas of Alexandria, VA.
Sharing places three and four were Cookie Jarvis and Tim Janus, both of whom earned $2,500 for their effort. A total of $40,000 in prize money was on the line in the event, which will re-air on ESPN and ESPN2.
"This event represented the best eating talent in the world," said George Shea. "It was a hard-fought battle that produced some notable upsets, but Kobayashi and Thomas proved once again why they lead the pack in this highly competitive discipline."
Highlights of the 32-eater elimination tournament included Kobayashi devouring a stunning 13 lbs of spaghetti in 14 minutes; Eater X defeating Rich ‘The Locust’ LeFevre; Cookie Jarvis continuing his impressive run by defeating Eric ‘Badlands’ Booker in the quarterfinals; and Booker surprisingly being pushed to the brink of elimination in his first round match against tri-athlete Chris Coble, winning the 5:00 minute cheese fry eating contest by just one ounce.