MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (CBS/AP) — Competitive eater Joey Chestnut has won a turkey-eating contest in Connecticut, setting a record by devouring an entire bird.
Ten contestants vied to see who could eat the most of a 20-pound turkey in a competition Saturday at Foxwoods Resort Casino.READ MORE: King Tide Flooding on SF Waterfront Foreshadows Future Climate Change Norm
Chestnut ate 9.35 pounds of meat off the bone in 10 minutes. According to Major League Eating, the food equivalent of the NFL, he bested the previous record, which was held by Sonya Thomas, who ate 5.25 pounds of turkey in November 2011.
Chestnut, a San Jose, California, resident who turns 31 on Tuesday, is ranked the top competitive eater in the world.READ MORE: North Bay Organizations Unite for Holiday Toy Drive
He took home a $5,000 check after stuffing his face with turkey. The remainder of the $10,000 purse was divided among other contestants.
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