Petite former Burger King manager Sonya
Thomas wolfed down 3 and a half kilograms of holiday food
in 12 minutes to defeat a pair of 180 kilogram rivals and
win the Thanksgiving Invitational Eating Contest.
The 48 kilogram Thomas devoured massive
helpings of yams, green beans, cranberry sauce and turkey
to win the International Federation of Competitive Eating
"I'm full, but I could eat more",
Thomas, 36 said.
Asked her secret she said, "I just
eat fast, that's all."
Thanksgiving which traditionally centers
around a family feast, brings out the over-eater in many
Americans, but Sonya Thomas ruled supreme as she ate her
way past Ed "Cookie" Jarvis and Eric Booker who
came in second and third.
Booker holds the world records in the matzo
ball, corned beef hash and doughnut contests.
"You need four things to participate",
said Booker before the contest.
"Capacity, strategy, mental toughness
Most of the nine contestants used their
hands to stuff I the food.
Asked her plans for Thanksgiving, Thomas
replied, "I'm going to eat more turkey."
The victory earned Thomas two airline tickets
anywhere in the continental United States, and a turkey