A 105-pound woman gobbled her way to victory in a Manhattan turkey eating contest on Tuesday, devouring nearly an entire bird in ten minutes.
Competitive eater Sonya (The Black Widow) Thomas, 42, of Alexandria, Va., beat the stuffing out of six fearsome foes, including a man four times her size.
“I left only bone,” she gloated after her win. “I’m so happy.”
Even 400-pound Eric (Badlands) Booker, an MTA subway conductor who holds a world record for pumpkin pie eating, couldn’t keep pace with the petite poultry-eater.
“I’m definitely in awe of her abilities, to be so small and eat so much,” said Booker, 42, of Selden, L.I., who gorged his way to second place Tuesday.
The eating athletes had ten minutes to cram down as much of a 10-pound turkey as they could stomach.
Booker prepared for the event by eating two heads of boiled cabbage Sunday night .
“Your stomach is like a muscle,” he explained. “You gotta train for any sport you do.”
But Thomas, who holds 24 world records for devouring everything from oysters to cheesecake, forgoes any training.
“It’s a mind game,” she said. “If you lose your focus and say you’re getting full and slow down, you lose.”
Nobody used utensils in the frenzied feast. Booker picked his entire bird up with one hand and violently gnawed, a fleck of meat stuck to his cheek.
“I just ripped the bird apart and ate the innards,” he said of his strategy. “I think I ate the wishbone by accident.”
Thomas, a restaurant manager, ate more delicately, stripping away handfuls of meat and stuffing them into her mouth between gulps of water. By the end she had managed to eat 5.25 pounds of meat, almost a pound more than Booker, her closest rival.
She credits the yum factor for her surprising victory.
“I’m not normally a fan of turkey,” she said. “Their turkey today was very tasty, moist and warm. That’s why I ate most of the meat.”
Thomas took home $1,581 in prize money from the contest, sponsored by Wild Turkey 81 Proof.
Some of the cash will pay for the Thanksgiving feast she plans for Thursday.
“I’m gonna eat some Korean food,” she said. “That’s enough turkey.”