Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas won the fruitcake eating contest today, beating world renoun eating contest participant Takeru “The Tsunami” Kobayashi.
Thomas ate almost 5 pounds of fruitcake in ten minues to vanquisher her rival.
The event, held today at Gabriella’s Restaurant on the upper West Side, New York, was designed to raise awareness of the current crisis facing food banks nationwide.
A former hotdog-eating champion fell further from glutinous grace Friday when he failed to break the speed record for eating fruitcake.
Takeru Kobayashi tried to break world fruitcake eating championship Friday but bit off more than he could chew. Photo: Handschuh/News
By Tina Moorse
New York Daily News
“Come on Koby!” a fan in the Manhattan crowd of about two dozen yelled at the 6-minute mark, as the speed eater bit into another brick of the chewy cake. “You can do it!”
He would have needed to eat more than 4 pounds and 14 ounces in 10 minutes to beat the record.
Within 7 minutes and 38 seconds, the six-time winner of the hotdog contest was only midway
through his fourth pound and seemed headed for defeat.
“He needs to pick up the pace!” shouted Richard Shea, president of Major League Eating.
In the end, Kobayashi fell 6 ounces short of Thomas, downing only 4 pounds and 8 ounces in 10 minutes.
“It was very difficult to eat because it was so dense,” Kobayashi said through a translator, admitting that he had never eaten the much-maligned dessert before.