Speed eating! World champion wing-eating champ chows downPosted: Updated:
Feeling hungry? This guy sure is!
On Friday's Good Morning Arizona, we got to see the world wing-eating champion in action.
Eaters from across the nation will vie for the prize purse of $10,000 at this weekend's World Wing Eating Championship. (It's part of the AZ Sports Fan Expo at Westworld.)
World Champion Joey “Jaws” Chestnut joined us Friday to talk more about the event, and show us some of his "speed eating" tricks.
The local amateur wing-eating event begins Saturday, April 18 at 2 p.m. with Police vs. Fire. The main event is at 3 p.m. on the main stage.
Chestnut, the number-one-ranked eater in the world, will compete against other top Major League Eaters.
Chestnut, of San Jose, CA, has set world wing-eating records, with a personal best of 7.61 lbs. of chicken wings in 12 minutes. Chestnut will compete in this 10-minute all-you-can-eat championship for his share of a $10,000 purse.
He talked to us about how these contests have turned into a career. “I gave up construction,” he says. “Now I travel around the world and eat and make people smile.”
Other top eating talent vying for the title of Native Grill & Wings World Wing-Eating Champion will include the #7-ranked Adrian Morgan of Baton Rouge, LA, the #16-ranked Steve Hendry of Dixon, CA, the #29-ranked Josh Millerof Denver, CO and the #9-ranked Michelle Lesco of Tucson, AZ.
"The wing discipline is about technique and not just volume, and Joey may well be beaten by the other top eater in this event," said George Shea, Chair of MLE. "Adrian Morgan, in particular, is an accomplished wing eater and will challenge Joey for the win."
The Native Grill & Wings World Wing-Eating Championship benefits The 100 Club of Phoenix, a non-profit organization that provides immediate financial assistance to families of public safety officers and firefighters who are seriously injured or killed in the line of duty, and to provide resources to enhance their safety and welfare.