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Are You Gonna Eat That? Joey Chestnut to Set Record Feb. 21 at the HP Pavilion

02/11/2009, 7:04pm PST
By Michael Kennett
How many Kolaches can you eat? Better yet, do you know what a Kolache is? I don’t, but I can tell you that Joey “Jaws” Chestnut set the World Record by eating 56 Kolaches at the World Kolache Eating Championship in Houston, Tex., in 2007. It is one of 18 World Records that Chestnut holds in the realm of competitive eating. On February 21 – at halftime of the Stealth’s match up with the Colorado Mammoth at the HP Pavilion - he looks to set his 19th World Record by consuming a grotesque amount of macaroni and cheese in just seven minutes. A Vallejo, Calif., native and former San Jose State student, Chestnut currently ranks as the top competitive eater in the world. His most notable performance to date came at the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in 2007, where he beat six-time champion Takeru Kobayashi by eating a record 66 hot dogs with buns (that isn’t a typo, 66 hot dogs and buns!) in twelve minutes. Kolaches and hot dogs aside, there are some interesting foods on Chestnut’s world record resume. Chestnut devoured 118 jalapeno poppers in ten minutes, 8.4 pounds of pork ribs in twelve minutes, 8.6 pounds of tempura-fried asparagus, 78 matzo balls and 4.82 pounds of Pizza Hut P’Zones in six minutes; just a few of the oddities that have tested his digestive system on his way to 18 world records (By the way, a Kolache is a type of pastry filled with things ranging from fruits and cheeses to meats. In Chestnut’s record-setting feat, they were filled with sausage and cheese). The latest challenge will be the macaroni and cheese he will consume on the turf at the HP Pavilion on February 21. When asked about the event on the Stealth’s local TV show, Stealth Lacrosse Insider, Chestnut shared his excitement about the contest. “I’ve never eaten [macaroni and cheese] competitively, but my mom used to make it for me,” he said. But he’s taking it very seriously stating, “I’ve been training hard for the contest. I want to make sure I do ten pounds-plus in the seven minutes.” (To put that staggering amount of macaroni and cheese in perspective, one box of Kraft macaroni and cheese is less than half a pound. That’s at least 20 boxes of Kraft mac and cheese in seven minutes!) The macaroni and cheese eating contest will take place at halftime of the Stealth’s February 21 game against the Colorado Mammoth at the HP Pavilion. Chestnut will also be immortalized as a Stealth Bobblehead Doll, which the first 3,000 fans will receive upon entry into the game. The opening face-off is scheduled for 7:30pm (PST). On top of a great night of lacrosse featuring the world’s best in their sport, you can see the world’s best in another sport add a new world record to his resume. It is guaranteed to be an entertaining evening, no matter what your motives are for being there. Tickets are available by calling 877-MY-SJ-TIX or at ticketmaster.com. Don’t forget your appetite!

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