Columbus resident Bill “Wild Bill” Gordon and Vernon, Ala., resident Carson “Chito” Chiquito may not be able to stomach the sight of a freshly cooked biscuit for several months, the two admitted Saturday afternoon.
The pair of fast-eating warriors together downed 18 large, buttered Hardee”s biscuits during a biscuit-eating contest held at the East Columbus restaurant to benefit the American Cancer Society.
And though the two outlasted 11 other competitors en route to the final round, Chiquito was able to eat his ninth biscuit of the day and claim the Columbus biscuit-eaters” crown.
“I feel good, but too full,” Chiquito, 16, laughed after the competition. “That was intense.”
Because Gordon and Chiquito each ate eight biscuits during the first seven-minute round of the competition, they were pitted against each other in a sudden-death final round, during which the first to consume one biscuit was declared the champion.
A crowd of more than 20 people cheered each contestant on as Chiquito finished his final biscuit about one second before Gordon.
“I won”t be able to eat another biscuit for five or six years,” Gordon laughed after the final round. “There”s no secret to eating them fast. You just have to be really hungry. I didn”t eat all day.”
“Yeah, you just have to wolf them down as fast as you can,” Chiquito added.
During the hour-and-a-half event, Hardee”s raised more than $100 for the American Cancer Society, said Assistant Manager Dawn Thomas.
“We just thought this would be a good way to benefit the American Cancer Society,” Thomas said. “Today, we raised a total of about $103.”
Each participant in the contest was awarded two free Hardee”s value meals, and Thomas and Gordon were given several gift certificates from area retailers and restaurants.
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