Spring has sprung, which means another holiday that revolves around eating is quickly approaching. While Easter may not quite measure up to Thanksgiving or Christmas in terms of pure gluttony, it does present ample opportunity to indulge. And if there’s one thing competitive eaters live for, it’s the opportunity to indulge.
So what does Easter look like in the world of competitive eating? Let’s take a look.
Easter would be just another Sunday without eggs, whether you are coloring them, hunting them down or stuffing your face with them. Adrian Morgan ate 20 hard-boiled eggs in 84 seconds on August 13, 2011 aboard the USS Fitzgerald. At the Songs of Soul offices in New York City, Ahrita Furman peeled and ate six whole hard-boiled eggs in a minute on March 23, 2012. And, of course, Joey Chestnut, not to be outdone, ate 141 hard-boiled eggs in eight minutes on October 5, 2013.
Ham and turkey are traditionally served as entrees for Easter dinner. But most families don’t make enough to satiate the appetites of these record holders. Cookie Jarvis ate six pounds of ham and potatoes (called the Easter Feaster meal) in 12 minutes. Seaver Miller ate two pounds, 10 ounces of sliced ham in five minutes on December 16, 2005. The people of Vicenza, Italy, however, probably made enough. They cooked up the world’s largest ham, weighing in at 182.87 pounds. Alas, setting the record on September 18, 2010, they were a little late for the holiday that year.
Sonya “Black Widow” Thomas ate 5.25 pounds of whole turkey in 10 minutes on November 22, 2011 at the Wild Turkey 81 World Eating Championship. Patrick Bertoletti took down four pounds and 12.8 ounces of sliced turkey in 12 minutes on November 22, 2006 at the Thanksgiving Invitational. A record held for 14 years now, Tyson the Turkey won the title of heaviest turkey, weighing in at a whopping 86 pounds at the London Heaviest Turkey Competition on December 12, 1989. Paul Kelley holds the world record for fastest time to carve a turkey, three minutes and 19.47 seconds, a record set in June 2009.
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What would an Easter holiday meal be without delicious accoutrements? Joey Chestnut (of course, who else) ate nine pounds, 5.2 ounces of fried asparagus spears in 10 minutes at the Stockton Asparagus Festival on April 16, 2011. Tipping the scales at 2,297 pounds (more than a ton), the largest serving of mashed potatoes was made on September 29, 2012 in Poiters, France.
Who wants dessert, or at least some more sugar? With all of the decadent eating on Easter Sunday, don’t forget about the candy. Competitive eater Eric Booker sure didn’t, once eating two pounds of chocolate candy bars in six minutes. Patrick Bertoletti took down 38 Mars Bars in in five minutes on July 22, 2010 at the Red Faction Mars Bars Eating Championship. And eating legend Takeru Kobayashi pounded 25 peeps in 30 seconds in 2012 to set that world record.
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Alli Sands is a freelance writer. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.