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Champion eater Joey Chestnut among Hooters wing competitors

Let your stomach get ready to rumble.

The World Wing-Eating Championship is returning to the Original Hooters in Clearwater on July 25, and A-list eater Joey "Jaws" Chestnut is expected to return to defend his title.

Chestnut, below, ate 144 wings in 10 minutes last year, edging Adrian "The Rabbit" Morgan (140) and Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas (131) to claim the $7,500 first-place prize.

This year, $12,500 will be split among the top six finishers. No doubt Chestnut — who recently broke his own record by downing 69 hot dogs in 10 minutes at Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest — will be among them. But he will be challenged. At a recent qualifying event in Las Vegas, Miki Sudo, the world's seventh ranked Major League Eater, downed 192 Hooters wings in 10 minutes.

The competition will take place at 7 p.m. July 25 at the Original Hooters, 2800 Gulf to Bay Blvd., Clearwater. It's free for spectators, but if you go, plan to carpool and get there early — parking last year was a beast, with Hooters shuttling folks in from a distant parking lot. The restaurant will be full, so don't expect to sit down for a quiet family meal. All the action is out in the parking lot, anyway.

For info, call the Original Hooters at (727) 797-4008.

Champion eater Joey Chestnut among Hooters wing competitors 07/11/13 [Last modified: Thursday, July 11, 2013 6:25pm]
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