'Black Widow' To Try Hand At Burritos

6:19 PM, Sep 10, 2007   |    comments
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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The 100-pound woman who holds the world lobster-eating title will be trying her hand at burritos in a contest far from the land of TexMex. The diminutive Sonya Thomas of Alexandria, Va., is coming to Maine for the Costa Vida World Burrito Eating Championship on Sept. 22 at the Mexican restaurant. Thomas, who's known as "The Black Widow," humbled her larger male counterparts by consuming 11.3 pounds of lobster meat in 12 minutes in 2005 in Kennebunk. Other burrito competitors include Tim "Eater X" Janus, who recently shattered the tamale record by downing 71 of them in 12 minutes, along with Chip "Dr. ChipBurger" Simpson of Birmingham, Ala., Tim "Gravy" Brown of Chicago and Jason "Crazy Legs" Conti of New York. They'll be chowing down on Costa Vida's 18-ounce "Big Kahuna" burrito. The burrito record holder, Eric "Badlands" Booker, won't be defending his title. Once weighing in at 420 pounds, he's retired from competitive eating, said Ryan Nerz, spokesman for New York-based Major League Eating, which is overseeing the event. Booker once polished off 15 BurritoVille burritos in eight minutes, but those burritos were only six ounces apiece. Because Costa Vida's burritos are so big, the eaters will be given 12 minutes to gorge themselves while vying for $3,000 in prize money, Nerz said.

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