New World Record Set At The 2006 Waffle House World Waffle-Eating Championships

Sep 05, 2006, 01:00 ET from Waffle House, Inc.

    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.

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