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The world’s top-ranked competitive eater lived up to the hype at Taste of D.C. over the weekend. Joey Chestnut choked down two gallons of chili from Ben’s Chili Bowl in six minutes to win Sunday’s World Chili Eating Championship. WTOP has a photo gallery of the messy action. Tim “Eater-X” Janus and Bob “Notorious B.O.B.” Shoudt tied for second place, each eating a gallon and a half of the stuff. Alexandria native Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas came in fourth, consuming 10 pounds of chili.
Think you have the stomach capacity to match the metabolic masters? Then get busy training for next year’s contest. The original Ben’s location reopened Saturday after plumbing problems had shuttered the iconic U Street eatery for the prior week.
Photo courtesy of Major League Eating