As it happens—3rd place winner in the Women’s Division Chau Bui (a very vivacious and smart chica attending grad school at NYU) is also originally from the same area! Go us! It was great talking to her. Her introduction to herself was a hoot as well—“I won a pie eating contest when I was 7—I ate half a pie”. It might have been half a slice. My memory has never been the best!
I got to talk to 3rd place winner Will Millender for a bit as well. His advice for future competitive eaters? “Don’t. I don’t want more competition. But if you are interested—there’s a website you can go to”. The guy was a hoot. For more information about competitive eating visit Eat Feats. Among the interesting things to come out of his mouth—“water training”. I had to ask what that was. Apparently—it’s when you try and drink as much water as you can in 1 or 2 minutes—as in the gallons. Yeah. If you end up trying it—try it near a bucket and a bathroom!
For more information about the 3rd Annual Tang’s Natural Dumpling Festival itself, please visit my article on the Bromography site 2011 3rd Annual Tang's Natural Dumpling Festival.
Complete List of Winners:
Newly minted Guinness Book of World Records Holder: Seth Gruberg, 18 dumplings in 2 minutes. Before you go thinking wait, what? Here’s the deal—the rules are much stricter for that title. First—NO WATER. That’s right—no water allowed during those 2 minutes. Also—after every dumpling, you must show your mouth to a judge. There’s even an official Guinness TIMER.
8th Annual Chef One Dumpling Eating Contest Winners:
Joseph Menchetti – 69 (7 time winner—aka “Gentleman Joe”)
David Brunelli – 60 (aka “Tiger Wings and Things”)
Will Millender – 45
Floria Lee – 37 (6 time winner)
Olga Zaitsev – 33 (1 time winner)
Chau Bui – 23