December 22, 2008

Man sets latke-eating world record

A Canadian man wolfed down 46 potato pancakes in 8 minutes to take the top spot at the National Potato Latke Eating Championship in Lake Grove, N.Y.

The contest, held Sunday before the sundown start of Hanukkah, ended with Pete Czerwinski, 23, besting 10 other eaters for the title of champion and setting a world record recognized by the Association of Independent Competitive Eaters, Newsday reported Monday.

Arnie Chapman, chairman of the association, said Czerwinski devoured the previous record of 31 latkes, which was set by Massachusetts eater Tom Goose Gilbert in 2006.

Czerwinski, who took home a $300 prize, said the secret to his starch-stuffing success is a lack of communication between his brain and his stomach.

I'm just a power eater. My brain never signals that I'm full, said Czerwinski, described as a muscular 6-foot-2 college student who had never eaten a latke before.

Second place went to Will Millender, a 380-pound Brooklyn college student who ate 29 latkes.