UK mince pie video & first person report

Reuters has a video of the mince pie contest in England last week.

Red Orbit has a first person account by a participant in the contest

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  1. Ed Charles said

    December 5, 2006 @ 12:32 am

    Sonya is done just like her website . They gave her a setup contest with limited competition to get her spirits back up similar to Ed Jarvis setup corned beef contest at Mo’s in 2004 . The best part of that video is the hot looking british news caster .

  2. Rhonda Evans said

    December 5, 2006 @ 8:15 am

    First, let me address Ed Charles: For an intelligent man (I assume) with a masters degree, as you have / he has proclaimed, you / he sure make / makes idiotic statements. By the way Ed, you call Sonya “done.” Well, you’re the one with the proverbial sheepskin-laden fork thrust in your side when it comes to commentary.

    Regarding Sonya’s trip to England or anywhere else. The IFOCE is not dumb. Sonya eats — by far –more than any female in the world and keeps up with and often eats more than all but one or two men on this earth. Sonya’s dominance would be even more dramatic if the contests were longer. (So keeping the contest short is a way of protecting other good eaters.)

    From a viewer’s perspective, watching 200 lbs men eat tons of food is amazing, but watching a female half that size eat the same amount of food is UNBELIEVABLE, SHOCKING, and something to truly BEHOLD!

    Sonya likely benefited a tiny fraction as much as the IFOCE from her excursion. She sells or can sell competitive eating more than any other person in the entire world, like it or not, and the Sheas know it.

    Another point: If Ed and others want to call Sonya “done,” and if you mean that she’ll never beat Koby or will never be # 1 in the US again … I believe you’re right. She never will be, because of reasons I will list below. But as long as Sonya chooses to continue eating competitively, she will always be in the top half dozen or so in the world, and I doubt any female will touch her talent level for many years to come.

    I have followed the IFOCE since its inception, and I can say with certainty that there are two reasons that people decline in rankings: marked weight gain (which deters consumption) and the outstanding talent level of new eaters. Both Sonya and Rich are health specimens who don’t gain substantial weight and I believe both of them will be absolute forces in competitive eating as long as they choose to eat competitively. They’re both still getting better.

    In closing, let me say that as more eaters are drawn to the world of competitive eating, the records we know today will fall by the wayside in years to come, to include those of Kobayashi. There are plenty of potential Joeys out there right now, who simply don’t know it; they’ve yet to be discovered, and they’ve never tested their abilities. The sport is so new and the vast majority of people still frown on competitive eating. As public attitude towards CE improves, so will the talent of new eaters.

  3. Brazen said (Registered August 3, 2006)

    December 5, 2006 @ 12:06 pm

    Sonya’s victory was a given, competitive eating in the UK being barely nascent and there being no cross-food champions I’m aware of. Sony is a very media-friendly spokesperson for the sport with some outstanding records. She was an obvious choice for what I hope was the first step in making the I in IFOCE truly international and promoting the sport more widely in the UK and the rest of Europe.

    My only criticism of the event was why hold it in the middle of the day, mid-week? I would have loved to have written about this event or even participated – I’m pretty sure even I could have out-eaten a few of those fellow journalists! We’re not going to get UK past school fete level eating unless there’s some dedicated buy-in at the top level.

    Having said that, I am detecting a stirring of interest in the British media, with this, the “one meat pie” controversy and this week’s poppadom-eating champion hitting the national press. Fingers crossed for for the future of UK competitive eating!

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