Krystal Square Off

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Contestants at the 2007 Krystal Square Off.

The Krystal Square Off was the official World Hamburger Eating Championship from 2004 to 2009, taking place in Chattanooga, Tennessee and sanctioned by the International Federation of Competitive Eating (IFOCE). In this event, contestants ate as many Krystal hamburgers as possible in eight minutes.

The sole difference between the hamburgers consumed for the Square Off and the hamburgers purchased from Krystal restaurants is that pickles were removed from hamburgers consumed for the event to minimize the risk of choking.

The Krystal Square Off consisted of a qualifying tour and a world championship. In the qualifying tour, amateur eaters competed with professional eaters for a spot at the world championship. In 2004, the first year of the event, local amateurs Sam Vise and Jeff Hicks defeated professionals to earn a position at the world championship.

The two-minute qualifier record stands at 39 Krystals eaten by "Humble" Bob Shoudt in Nashville, 2007.

Citing "significant" demands on company resources, the company cancelled the event in 2010, looking to shift its "marketing focus and efforts" to new products and new store locations.[1]

List of winners[edit]

  Date Name First Second Third Fourth Notes
I November 13, 2004 Japan Takeru "Tsunami" Kobayashi 69 46 41 38 World Record
II November 19, 2005 Japan Takeru "Tsunami" Kobayashi 67 62 56 51  
III October 28, 2006 Japan Takeru "Tsunami" Kobayashi 97 91 76 65 World Record
IV October 28, 2007 United States Joey "Jaws" Chestnut 103 95 94 74 Current World Record
V September 28, 2008 United States Joey "Jaws" Chestnut 93 85 84 76 Kobayashi finished 3rd
VI September 27, 2009 Japan Takeru "Tsunami" Kobayashi 93 81 76 71 No Dunking World Record

History[edit]

Joey Chestnut holds the world record for eating 103 Krystal burgers in 8 minutes at the 2007 Krystal Square Off.
  • 2004: Kobayashi consumed 69 Krystals in the 8-minute contest, pocketing $10,000 in prize money. Second place went to "The Black Widow" Sonya Thomas who ate 46, pocketing $5,000.
  • 2005: Kobayashi consumed 67 Krystal hamburgers in the 8-minute contest. Second Place went to Joey Chestnut (62) of San Jose, California. Sonya Thomas (56) took third. "Humble" Bob Shoudt (51) of Royersford, Pennsylvania took fourth place. Prize money was $10,000, $5,000, $2,500, $1,500 respectively, for the top four positions.
  • 2006: The event, taking place at the First Tennessee Pavilion, was televised live on ESPN2 for the first time. Kobayashi and Chestnut both topped the event's world record near the midpoint of the contest, with Kobayashi (97 Krystals) taking the victory. Patrick "Deep Dish" Bertoletti, of Chicago also broke the previous world record, finishing third with 76. The winners split a $30,000 purse. An amateur event, dubbed the Krystal Sackful Challenge, was held prior to the main event. It featured two-person teams chosen from the audience, eating as many Krystals as possible in two minutes. The winners of the inaugural challenge were Matt Alling, 24, of Birmingham, and Bruce Clements, 23, of Chattanooga.[2]
  • 2007: Joey Chestnut devoured 103 Krystal hamburgers in eight minutes to win the Krystal Square Off IV World Hamburger Eating Championship. The battle for second between 22-year-old Patrick "Deep Dish" Bertoletti and "Humble" Bob Shoudt, 41, ended in an upset. Shoudt, ranked seventh in the world, consumed 95 Krystals to edge out Bertoletti, the number two ranked eater in the world. Chestnut won $10,000 and a Krystal Square Off champion's belt and trophy made out of crystal. Shoudt's runner-up finish earned $7,500, while Bertoletti third-place finish earned $3,500. The winner of the first three competitions, Takeru Kobayashi, did not participate due to a jaw injury.
  • 2008: Joey Chestnut defended his title successfully, eating 93 Krystals. Pat "Deep Dish" Bertoletti finished second with 85. Takeru Kobayashi scored 84, 13 fewer than his 2006 total, to place third.
  • 2009: This edition featured a revised ruleset. First, eaters were no longer allowed to dunk their hamburgers in liquid in an effort to eliminate “detritus” during the competition. Also new this year, every eater was given five Big Angus Burgers at the start of the competition in addition to their tray of Krystal hamburgers. Each Big Angus Burger consumed added five hamburgers to an eater’s total count. Takeru Kobayashi defeated reigning champion Joey Chestnut with a score of 93 (68 Krystals, 5 Big Angus Burgers), earning the $20,000 top prize. Chestnut was second, with 81, and Pat "Deep Dish" Bertoletti finished third, with 76.
  • 2010: The 2010 event was cancelled in August 2010 as the company changed its "marketing focus and efforts" to new products and new company-owned restaurant locations.[1]

A list of contestants[edit]

100 burgers or more ("The Double Tre Double Deuce")[edit]

90 burgers or more ("The Triple Tre")[edit]

80 burgers or more ("The Double Tre and a Deuce")[edit]

70 burgers or more ("The Double Tre and a Half Deuce")[edit]

60 burgers or more ("The Double Tre")[edit]

50 burgers or more ("The Deuce Tre")[edit]

  • Juliet Lee (Germantown, MD) - 55 (#7 2008)
  • Chip Simpson (USA) - 55 (#5 (tie) 2006)
  • Rich "The Locust" LeFevre (Henderson, NV) - 53 (#6 2007)
  • Eric "Badlands" Booker (Copiague, NY) - 51 (#2 Nashville, TN qualifier 2008)
  • Juris Shibayama (Murfreesboro, TN) - 51 (#2 Nashville, TN qualifier 2008)
  • Crazy Legs Conti (New York NY,) - 50 (#2 Knoxville, TN qualifier 2008)
  • Erik "The Red" Denmark (Seattle, WA ) - 50 (#3 Memphis, TN qualifier 2008)

40 burgers or more ("The Double Deuce")[edit]

  • Tim "Gravy" Brown (Chicago, IL) - 45 (#2 Atlanta, GA qualifier 2008)
  • Jim "Buffalo" Reeves (Buffalo, NY) - 44 (#3 Atlanta, GA qualifier 2008)
  • Arturo "The Natural" Rios (NJ) - 44 (#9 2006)
  • Allen "The Shredder" Goldstein - 42 (#2 Atlanta, GA qualifier 2007)
  • Seaver "The Achiever" Miller (Ashburn, VA) - 41 (#3 Memphis, TN qualifier 2006)

30 burgers or more ("The Tre")[edit]

  • Dale Boone (Atlanta, GA) - 38 (#12 2006 finals)
  • Elizabeth Canady (Bradenton, FL) - 38 (#2 Jacksonville, FL 2007)
  • Ron Koch (Las Vegas, NV,) - 37 (#8 2005 finals)
  • Justin Mih (Boston, MA,) - 36 (#13 2006 finals)
  • Eric "Steakbellie" Livingston (Drexel Hill, PA) - 35 (#4 Atlanta, GA qualifier 2008)
  • RJ Frasca - 35 (#3, Jacksonville, FL qualifier 2009)
  • Sam Vise (Union City, TN) - 35 (#10 2005 finals)
  • Micah "Wing Kong" Collins (Drexel Hill, PA) - 33 (#5 Atlanta, GA qualifier 2008)
  • Lynn Curley (Nashville, TN ) - 33 (#2 Nashville, TN qualifier 2004)
  • Charles "The Godfather" Hardy (Brooklyn, NY) - 33 (#6 (tie) 2004 finals)
  • Ed "Cookie" Jarvis (Nesconsett, NY) - 33 (#6 (tie) 2004 finals)
  • Chris Abatsas (TN) - 32 (#2 Chattanooga, TN qualifier 2006)
  • Nathan Biller (Briarwood, NY) - 32 (#5 Nashville, TN qualifier 2008)
  • Pete "Pretty Boy" Davekos (Boston, MA) - 32 (#3 Knoxville, TN qualifier 2008)
  • Russ Keeler (PA, USA) - 31 (#2 Perry GA qualifier 2007)
  • Rick Petralia (Chattanooga, TN) - 31 (#3 Chattanooga, TN qualifier 2009)
  • Dave "U.S. Male" Goldstein (Voorhees, NJ) - 30 (#5 Knoxville, TN qualifier 2008)
  • Cade Hardin (Huntsville, AL) - 30 (#3 Nashville, TN qualifier 2004)
  • Carlene LeFevre (Henderson, NV) - 30 (#2 Perry, GA qualifier 2004)
  • Kevin Ross (Temecula, CA) - 30 (#3 Nashville, TN qualifier 2007)
  • Loren "Bubba" Yarbrough (Newnan, GA) - 30 (#13 2005 finals)

25 burgers or more ("A sackful +1")[edit]

  • Shaun Kesler (Chattanooga, TN) - 26 (2005 Atlanta, GA qualifier)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Legge, Joe (August 12, 2010). "Krystal Officials Report that Annual "Square-Off" is Cancelled". WDEF-TV News 12. Retrieved September 27, 2010. 
  2. ^ Breaking News: Kobayashi remains Krystal king, Chattanooga Times Free Press, October 28, 2006. Retrieved 2006-10-31.

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