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The top-10 most Memorable Moments listed cannot begin to capture all the fantastic Food Warriors, events and support people who contributed to our success in 2008. Although unmentioned among our top 10 moments, we are forever grateful for your contributions.

Top Ten Memorable All Pro Eating Moments 2008


12/21/08: 4th Annual National Potatio Latke Eating Competition

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Lake Grove, Long Island- 8 minute contest

Winners: "Furious Pete" Czerwinski 46 *World Record, Will "The Champ" Millender 29, "King" George Van Lar 26
Mike "The Real Skinny" Hoffman 21

2008 National Potato Latke Eating Contest

10/25/08: Dickey’s Big West Pulled Pork Showdown Eating Championship, Scottsdale Arizona

Dickey's Barbecue Pit Logo

8 minute contest 5 oz. Pulled Pork Sandwiches. Winner moves onto the final showdown in 2009

Winners: Tom "Goose" Gilbert 12.5 Sandwiches , Jeff "Beast Man" Butler 10.50;
Matt "Bone saw" Campos, 9.00

Additional Top Seeds: North East: "Furious Pete Czerwinski South East: Ian "The Invader" Hickman MidWest: Pete "Big Plate" Maurizio

South-West: Bob "Killer" Kuhns


10/11/08: Dickey’s Midwest Pulled Pork Showdown Eating Championship, Newark Ohio

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8 minute contest 5 oz. Pulled Pork Sandwiches. Winner moves onto the final showdown in 2009

Winners: Pete "Big Plate" Maurizio 11.25; 2. Mark Lyle "The Human Vacuum" 10.50; Kevin "The Lion" Kordalski 10. 25

9 compete in Midwest Division Pulled Pork Sandwich Showdown appearing on NewarkAdvocate.com written by Abbey Stirgwolt, Advocate Reporter:
View photo gallery and article


10/6/08: Wakefield World Chicken Salad Sandwich Eating Championship

Eby Brown LogoChicago, IL: NACS( National Association of Convenience Stores) Expo

8 minute contest 5 oz. Chicken Salad Sandwiches  

Winners: "Furious" Pete Czerwinski Ontario Canada 22 sandwiches *World Record; Tom"Goose" Gilbert 14.50; Bob "Killer" Kuhns 12.70

9/20/08: 7th Annual Bun & Cheese Eating Championship

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Winners: Gentleman Joe Menchetti 8 Bun and Cheese Sandwiches in: 2:30, William "The Champ" Millender 8 Bun and Cheese Sandwiches in: 4:13; King George Van Laar 8 Bun and Cheese Sandwiches in: 6:00


9/13/08: Dickey’s Big South Regional Pulled Pork Eating Championship, Lynchburg Virginia

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8 minute contest 5 oz. Pulled Pork Sandwiches. Winner moves onto the final showdown in 2009

Winners: 1st place Ian "The Invader" Hickman 13 sandwiches; Joshua "Jabber Jaws" Currier 10.5; James "Big Bess" Besser 9.25

9/6/08: Dickey’s South West Regional Pulled Pork Eating Championship, San Antonio Texas

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8 minute contest 5 oz. Pulled Pork Sandwiches. Winner moves onto the final showdown in 2009

Winners: 1st- Bob "Killer" Kuhns PA 13.5 (6oz. Sandwiches); 2nd Jerry "Tiny-Tex" Willimamson TX 10.0; 3rd tie. Robert "The Pride of Texas" Clark TX 8.5 and Tom "Big T" Carney TX 8.5

9/1/08: World Picnic Style Hot Dog Eating Championship, Buffalo New York

The Dog Days Festival

sponsored by Sahlen’s
Event Flyer

Winners: 1st- "Furious Pete" Czerwinski 19.0 hot dogs and buns; 2nd- Chris "The Consumer" Goulah 11.5; 3rd- BJ "Big Belly BJ" Karnofel 10.5

8/16/08: Goya National Black Bean Eating Championship

Goya Black Beans2008 Central Islie-Islandia Festival

Sponsored by Goya

Winners: Tom "Goose" Gilbert 11 LBs, 1 oz *NEW REOCRD, .Ian "The Invader" Hickman 9 LBS 1oz., "Fabulous" Floria Lee 6 Lbs 6 oz, "Slick Willie" Wallingford 6 Lbs 3 oz

8/12/08: National Sandwich Eating Championship

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Sponsored by Wakefield Sandwich Company, a creation of Eby Brown whole sale distributors held during the CSP’s Food Service Retail Expo, in Schaumburg Illinois

Winners: Bob "Killer" Kuhns 5.8 pounds of Wakefield Sandwich product *NEW RECORD; Ian "the Invader" Hickman 5.1 pounds; Gentleman Joe Menchetti 4.8 pounds; Elizabeth "Rubber Gut" Canady 4.7 pounds


8/2/08-Peggy O’Neil’s National Cheeseburger Eating Contest

Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY

This contest was filmed and will appear in a major
National TV production.

Winners: Goose Gilbert, Ian "The Invader" Hickman, Joel "The Cannon" Podelsky


7/20/08: Bowie Baysox National Hamburger Eating Championship

Bowie Baysox Prince George Stadium in Bowie Maryland. 8 minute competition

Winners: Ian “The Invader” Hickman – 8 7/8 (Winner in 1 burger Eat-Off); Elizabeth “Rubber Gut” Canady – 8 7/8;
Mark “The Human Vacuum” Lyle – 6 1/2; “Slick Willie" Wallingford – 5 1/2


2008 Bowie Baysox Burger Bonanza


7/19/08: 4th Annual World Italian Sausage Eating Championship

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East Boston, MA during the 14th Annual Italia Unita Festival

Winners: Ian Hickman – 3.7 lbs; Mark Lyle – 3.6; Elliot Maruffi-Cowley – 2.85; Carey Poehlmann – 2.55

Man vs. Sausage Pictures


7/19/08 – 3rd Annual World Rueben Eating Championship, Marshal Michigan

Winners: Furious Pete Czerwinski 5 .7 one- pound Reuben Sandwich in 8 minutes NEW RECORD; Tom “Goose” Gilbert 5.1;
Bob “Killer” Kuhns 4 .8; Jake the Butcher Casey 4.3


7/18/08 – 3rd Annual American Meatball Eating Championship, Midlothian/Chicago Illinois

Bartolini'sSponsored by Bartolini’s and Kohler Plumbing Supplies

1st Place Furious Pete Czerwinski 43 meatballs  NEW  RECORD,   Tom "Goose" Gilbert -38 meatballs, "Slick Willie" Wallingford- 35 meatballs


7/13/08 – 7th Annual National Beef Patty Eating Championship

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Lake Quassy in Middlebury, Connecticut
Sponsored by Caribbean Food Delights

1st Place Furious Pete Czerwinski, 14 Beef Patties in 3:14 NEW  RECORD,  2nd Place Jon "Pride of CT" Taylor 14 Beef Patties in 8:00 minutes; 3rd Joel "The Cannon" Podelsky 11 Beef Patties in 8:00 minutes; 4th Chris "The American" Schlessinger Bohemia 9.75 Beef Patties


7/4/08 – 5th Annual Independence Day Hamburger Eating Championship

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Coney Island, New York
Sponsored by Peggy O’Neill’s

1. "Furious Pete" Czerwinski 9.7 1/2 lb Hamburgers in only 6 minutes NEW RECORD 2. William "The Champ" Millender 6.7 hamburgers, 3. Robert "Huck" Greenfield 5.5; 4t. Harayuki "Hal" Fujiwara 5.1 + 4t. Peter "PJ" Chou 5.1

Photos : Page 1 the Food Warriors;   Page 2- The Event ; Page 3-The Finale


6/14/08 – North East Pulled Pork Sandwich Showdown Eating Championship

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  Dover, Delaware

8 minute competition

Furious Pete Czerwinski 17.0 sandwiches *NEW REOCRD, Ian "The Invader" Hickman 12 sandwiches, James “Big Bess” Besser 8.4 sandwiches


5/28/08 – CLASH OF THE TITANS!!!!!!


Gilbert & "Slick Willie" Wallingford go head to head to determine America’s best

 Comcast Studios in Cambridge Massachusetts during the Chris Tabb Show at 5:00pm, "Slick Willie" Wallingford & Tom "Goose" Gilbert will do battle in order to determine the Nations #1 Food Warrior.  As the Nations top Eater, "Slick Willie" has selected Pumpkin Pie (Five Minutes) as his weapon of choice to defend his current "Top Dog" status.


5/24/08 – 3rd Annual National Strawberry Eating Championship

Delaplane Strawberry Festival
Held during the Delaplane Strawberry Festival in Virginia

7 minute competition

Winners: "Slick Willie" Wallingford, RI 7.86 lbs., Joshua "Jabber Jaws" Currier NC 7.62 lbs, Ian "The Invader" Hickman 6.705 Lbs


Daily Progress Newspaper


5/10/08 & 5/11/08 – National Fudge Brownie Eating Championship


Held during the Northeastern Ohio Chocolate Festival; Cleveland Heights Community Center Pavillion

First food warrior to eat 3 pounds

Mark Lyle "The Human Vacuum" 3LBS 4:16, "Tiny Tim" Rauscheder 3LBS 5:36, Bob "Killer" Kuhns 3LBS 6:16


4/18/08 & 4/19/08 – North American Collegiate Eating Championship, San Diego California

Collegiate Nationals Sponsored by CSTV, a CBS affiliate

Press Release: CBS College Sports Network’s (CSTV) coverage of the 2008 Collegiate Nationals kicks off with Network broadcast on CBS Sports on Sunday, May 25
One-Hour Special on CBS Sports launches 15 days of Programming on CBS College Sports Network


1st Place: Furious Pete Czerwinski, 3 1/2 plates; Christian "Muscox" McCarthy, 2 plates, 1 hot dog; Ryan "Big Mac" McMillan, 2 plates, 7/8 hot dog; Carey "PowerHouse Poehlman, 2.1 plates; Brian "Eaton Keaton, 2 plates; Chris “Scary Spice” Hanson, 1 plate; Darrin “D Money” Wolf, DNF


4/12/08 – National Frozen Custard Eating Championship, Woodbridge Virginia

Sponsored by BR Frozen Custard & Sweets

PRO: 1st place Ian "The Invader: Hickman 5.50 LBS, 2nd place Elliot "The Savage" Cowley-Maruffi 5.42 LBS, 3rd Place Chris "The American" Schlesinger 4.10 LBS

Amateur: 1st place James "Big Bes" Besser 3.00 LBS in 4:10 seconds, 2nd Place Rory "Big Bruiser" Frank 3.00 LBS in 4:40 seconds, 3rd Place David "North Pole" Mitolo 2.58 LBS


2/16/08 – 2nd Annual Mid-West Chili Eating Championship, Canton Ohio

Sponsored by The North Canton Rotary Club during their annual The Chili Open

Article and photos appearing: CantonRep.com by Salmi Rote Bergmann, Repositiry Food Writer

Chili champion downs 1.3 gallons in 5 minutes

Photo Gallery slideshow Photos by Michael Balash

Ian "the Invader’ Hickman sets a NEW World Record for Chili eating. 10 pouds, 2 oz in 5 minutes

2nd Place: Mark Lyle-"the Human Vacuum" 8 lbs, 8 oz; 3rd Bob "Killer" Kuhns -8 lbs, 7 oz


2/2/08 – World’s Largest Menu Burger Eating Challenge also the Japan vs. USA Burger Eating Championship

Clinton Station Diner, Clinton, NJ

"Some Restaurants simply make the World’s Largest Burger: The Clinton Station Diner makes it, then eats it"!

The Japanese team of "Typhoon" Yamamoto, Artist Izumi and Tomoko Miyake ran away with the contest by collectively eating 26.4 lbs in 45 minutes


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