D.C. Hosts World Chili Eating Championship

Ben's Chili Bowl cooked up 300 gallons of chili for the contest.

Thursday, Oct 13, 2011  |  Updated 1:20 PM EDT
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Professional eaters <a title=Joey Chestnut and 'the Black Widow' Sonya Thomas were on hand to see how much chili they could pound on Sunday." />

Professional eaters Joey Chestnut and 'the Black Widow' Sonya Thomas were on hand to see how much chili they could pound on Sunday.

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The Taste of D.C. festival offered the best food the District has to offer.

People could enjoy burgers, hot dogs, beer, or anything else to satisfy their rumbling stomachs.

But some wanted to eat chili. Lots and lots of chili.

Sunday was the 2011 World Chili Eating Championship, and the best competitive eaters in the world gathered to see who could eat the most chili in six minutes.

Joey “Jaws” Chestnut was the winner, eating more than two gallons and establishing a new world record.

Alexandria’s own Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas placed fourth in the competition.  She only ate 10 pounds of chili, a little more than a gallon.

Ben’s Chili Bowl sponsored the event, cooking more than 30 pounds of chili for each contestant.

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