RE: NJ Tomato Festival Pizza Eating Championship
A couple of reasons for this post. In Philly we have a Wing Bowl which is held on the Friday of Super Bowl weekend and yes, it's a big deal. The Wachovia Center is filled to capacity (20,000) by 6am.
I decided against showing up as a standby contestant in the pizza eating contest. I had a practice round where I ate a large thin crust pie in 4 minutes. I was measuring myself against Ed "Cookie" Jarvis who scarfed a large pie in 3 minutes in 2001. My time was ok, it was the bad heartburn afterwards that gave me reason for pause.
The championship in Camden, NJ was won by the above named Ed Jarvis. The contest was the most NY style thin crust pizza eaten in 10 minutes. He won $1,000. for eating two large pies and 2 slices. Second place went to a guy who ate 2 pies, and third place went to a guy who ate one and a half pizzas. I think I would've placed there.
I probably won't be entering any competitive eating contests. But I do have support from outside parties for a cheesesteak eating contest that I'd like to host.