Joey “Jaws” Chestnut wowed a crowd of more than 200 people Friday at Mapleside Farms after he set an eating contest world record, scarfing down more than 13 pounds of apple pies in eight minutes.
“It was great pie and that makes it easier to eat,” Chestnut said.
The contest kicked off the week-end long Johnny Appleseed Festival at Mapleside Farms in Brunswick. Chestnut, ranked No. 1 in Major League Eating, was joined by second-ranked Tim “Eater X” Janus and Sonya Thomas, who is third in the international rankings.
Challenging the professionals were amateurs, including Medina County Commissioner Adam Friedrick and Mapleside Farms owner Greg Clement.
“It wanted to do it to see how hard it would be,” Clement said. “It was fun and awesome, but I’m full as heck.”
Clement managed just half a pie. Friedrick polished off a whole pie.
The pros were in a different league.
Chestnut held off a challenge from runner-up Janus, who ate more than three pies — 10 ﾽ pounds.
Thomas ate more than 9 pounds of pie to take home the third-place trophy.
Chestnut, who is a seven-time champion of the annual Nathan’s hot dog challenge, said he had to train for the apple pie.
“It was a little different for me because I don’t eat that many sweets,” he said.
Chestnut said he competed in a cannoli-eating contest Thursday in New York City.
“I’m getting used to the sugar,” he said.
The eating pros were competing for more than just glory. According to Major League Eating’s website, the winner of the contest received $2,500 and the runner up took home $1,000.
Chestnut said he loved the Mapleside contest because of all the young fans — usually the crowds are mostly adults when he competes.
As the minutes ticked down on the countdown clock, kids in the audience chanted Joey’s name.
“I’ve never seen so many happy kids,” he said. “That was awesome.”
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