Wednesday, February 01, 2006

The cheese stands alone

In other Burger King news...

A woman who manages a Burger King franchise at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington, D.C. has won the World Grilled Cheese Eating Championship. Sonya Thomas slammed down 26 grilled cheese sandwiches in 10 minutes flat at the Planet Hollywood restaurant in New York's Times Square.

Lest you suppose that competitive gustation is the sole province of sumo wrestlers and thick-necked truck drivers named Moose, you should know that your newly crowned grilled cheese eating champ tips the scales at a petite 100 pounds when not stuffed to the gills with bread and cheddar.

For her efforts, Sonya banked a cool $8,000, a chunk of which will help pay for the ambulance ride and stomach pump that doubtless ensued after this event.

A veritable legend among trenchermen (trencherwomen? trencherpersons?), Sonya — known as "the Black Widow" in speed-eating circles — holds numerous other food-guzzling records. In various competitions, Sonya has tossed down:
  • 46 dozen oysters in 10 minutes.
  • 11 pounds of cheesecake in nine minutes.
  • 48 chicken tacos in 11 minutes.
  • 37 hot dogs (with buns) in 12 minutes.
  • 56 hamburgers in eight minutes. The Associated Press story does not indicate whether Sonya set this latter record using Burger King product.
Suddenly, I've lost my appetite.


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