MASON, Ohio – A Philadelphia eating champion has held on to his crown in a Cincinnati-style chili-on-spaghetti contest by downing 13 pounds, 9 ounces of the stuff in 10 minutes.
Bob Shoudt says he prepared for Monday's competition at Kings Island amusement park near Cincinnati by fasting from solid foods, beginning Saturday evening.
After winning his $2,500 cash prize, Shoudt said he was off to ride a few roller coasters with his son. He also declared that Cincinnati chili "tastes great."
More than 400 people watched the gorging by Shoudt and his opponents, including a woman named Sonya Thomas who put away more than 11 pounds of chili spaghetti, more than 10 percent of her body weight.