ATLANTA, Sept. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- It was a historic event and a site to
see as Joey Chestnut broke his own world record at the 2006 Waffle House
World Waffle-Eating Championships. On Sunday, Joey Chestnut consumed 23
Waffle House(R) waffles in 10 minutes to claim the title of World Waffle
Eating Champion and broke his record of 18.5 waffles set from last year's
Chestnut faced some of the greatest talent in America during the
championship held in Stone Mountain Park outside of Atlanta, GA. To his
right was Sonya Thomas, the 100-pound eating phoneme from Virginia who
holds 27 world titles. To his left was Chip Simpson, a rising rookie
seeking to make his bones on the eating circuit.
At the event, Chestnut established an early lead of 1.5 buttermilk
waffles and held to it for the bulk of the contest. In the final three
minutes, Thomas made a run for it, briefly pulling even with Chestnut, the
number-two-ranked eater in the world. Toward the end Chestnut picked up
speed and finished with 23 Waffle House Waffles in 10 minutes. Thomas ate
21 waffles and Simpson consumed 18. Also competing were veterans Crazy Legs
Conti, Super Paul Barlow, Larry McNeil and Loren Yarbrough.
Chestnut collected $5,000 for his win and the remaining $2,500 in
prizes was split among Thomas and Simpson.
About Waffle House:
Headquartered in Norcross, Ga., Waffle House restaurants have been
serving Good Food Fast(R) since 1955. Today the Waffle House system
operates more than 1,500 company and franchise 24-hour fast casual
restaurants in 25 states, and is the world's leading server of waffles,
T-bone steaks, hashbrowns, cheese 'n eggs, USDA Choice hamburgers, country
ham, pork chops and grits.
SOURCE Waffle House, Inc.