A DOZEN hungry lads bust a gut to see who would be crowned ‘King Pig’ at the Piggery in Broadwater Street West, Worthing, on Saturday.
The eating contest involved wolfing down a 2ft 6in roll filled with 1kg of roast pork, stuffing, gravy and apple sauce, as quickly as possible.
And it was no mean feat – only four of the greedy entrants completed the challenge.
Winner Lee Edmonds, 28, of Church Walk, Worthing, scoffed his sandwich in an eye-watering 26 minutes and 50 seconds. “I feel stuffed,” he said. “The smallest man with the biggest gut prevailed.”
For his eating prowess Lee was awarded an ‘I beat the pig’ T-shirt, his money back, and the chance to be the first name on the winners board.
Fellow contestant Martin Lloyd, also 28, failed to finish his dinner in what was his first eating contest.
He said: “I think I underestimated it. I felt good at the start, but half way through everything becomes slow-motion when you are eating.”
Steve Denyer, 32, of Lanfranc road, Worthing, ate his sandwich in a slow and steady 49 minutes and 55 seconds.
He said: “I wasn’t going to be beaten. I can’t breathe, but I beat the pig.”
The contestants each paid £14 for their belly-busting baguettes, and signed a disclaimer in case they needed medical help.
Owner Ben Marchant said: “It’s just a bit of fun. It’s a man-versus-food thing really. You wouldn’t believe the number of people who said they could do it, but these guys have manned-up.”
The results were; Lee Edmonds, 26:50, Adam Kandulski, 28:23, Steve Deyner, 49:55.
Rowland Reece, Jehan Huet, Tim Van Der Hage, Nick Adadi, Nathan Green, Martin Lloyd, Richard Greenfield and Matthew Thomas did not finish.