Ten Burritos Downed In 12 Minutes

Saturday, September 22nd 2007, 4:44 pm
By: News On 6

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ A day trader and aspiring pizza chef known as ``Eater X'' munched through 10 3/4 burritos in a dozen minutes Saturday to win what was billed as the world burrito-eating championship.

Tim Janus, 30, of New York City, said he prepared by just eating candy for a day, which he said helped clear his system.

``I love Mexican food,'' he said after his victory.

About 100 spectators watched the contest outside the Costa Vida restaurant, where about a dozen entrants competed for $3,000 in prize money. The 18-ounce burritos were made of rice, black beans, pork, cheese and a mild sauce wrapped in a tortilla.

The burrito record holder, Eric ``Badlands'' Booker, has retired from competitive eating and wasn't on hand to defend his title. But other contestants well-known on the eating contest circuit showed up.

Among them was Sonya ``The Black Widow'' Thomas of Alexandria, Va., who holds a world lobster-eating title that she won in Kennebunkport and who finished second Saturday by downing 10 ``Big Kahunas.''

Other eaters included Jason ``Crazy Legs'' Conti and Tim ``Gravy'' Brown.