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“The Black Widow” of Competitive Eating

SonyaShe first started eating competitively in mid 2003, beating out some of the Biggest heavy weights. Her Height 5’5.”  weight is 100 lbs.

Sonya Thomas IS “The Black Widow” of Competitive Eating: 38 World Records …


HOW DO YOU PREPARE FOR CONTESTS? I rarely train, but if I am totally unfamiliar with the kind of food I will be eating, I will sometimes practice my speed for 1 or 2 minutes–usually no more. It’s not healthy to consistently eat large amounts of food in a very small amount of time. Once I set a pace, I can usually keep it up for however long the contest is; the stomach capacity is always there.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE YOUR BODY TO RECOVER AFTER A CONTEST? I guess I’m fortunate in that my body will have digested what I eat within 8 to 12 hours. By the next day–or late that same day–I’m usually “good to go.”

HOW CAN YOU STAY SO THIN? YOU EAT SO MUCH FOOD IN COMPETITION. These competitions and eating events occur but once or twice a month. They are the exception–not the rule.

DO YOU HAVE A GIANT STOMACH INSIDE THAT LITTLE BODY? My stomach is really normal size, but over the years it has been trained to stretch quite a bit. As far as capacity is concerned, I believe I can handle up to 19 pounds of food and liquid overall (within 10 minutes).

IS THERE A PARTICULAR FOOD YOU’RE EXCEPTIONALLY GOOD AT SPEED-EATING?  I’m perhaps best in various forms of Seafood (Lobster, Oysters, Shrimp, Chicken Wings, etc.), because of my quick hands. I’m also very good at Hard Boiled Eggs, for the same reason.

Current records she holds

  • 5.25 lbs of Turkey meat from a whole 10-lbs Turkey in 10 minutes.
  • 6.43 lbs of Buffalo Wing Festival Wings (183) in 12 minutes.
  • 38 Moon Pies in 8 minutes.
  • 53 Taco Bell Soft Tacos in 12 minutes.
  • 37 Dozen Acme Oysters in 8 minutes.
  • 26 Dozen Cherrystone Clams in 6 minutes.
  • Jalapeno Peppers in 1 minute (unofficial: local TV exhibition).
  • 6.5 lbs of Crawfish in 10 minutes.
  • 6.93 lbs of Chicken Tenders in 10 minutes.
  • 6.75 lbs of Rhythm City Casino Fried Catfish in 10 minutes.
  • 41 Hot Dogs and Buns in 10 minutes.
  • 29 3/4 dozen Acme Oysters in 8 minutes.
  • 165 Chicken Wings (4.23 lbs) in 12 minutes.
  • 32  1/2 Ears of Sweet Corn in 12 minutes.
  • 5.95 lbs of Buffet food in (less than) 7 minutes.
  • 173 Buffalo Wings (5.17 lbs) in 12 minutes.
  • 46 Mince Pies in 10 minutes.
  • 9.75 lbs of Fried Okra in 10 minutes.
  • 17 Chinese Lotus Seed Buns in 12 minutes.
  • 176 Steamed Chinese Vegetable Dumplings in 12 minutes.
  • 60 Virginia Ham Biscuits in 8 minutes.
  • 46 3-oz Phillips Crab Cakes in 10 minutes
  • 8 lbs, 2 oz of Chili Cheese Fries in 10 minutes.
  • Consumed one 9 lb “Big Daddy” Barrick Burger w/ Cheese in 27 minutes
  • Tater Tots: 250 (+) in 5 minutes.
  • 10 pounds, 3 Ounces of Carmine’s Meatballs in 12 minutes.
  • 4 pounds, 3 ounces of Turkey in 12 minutes.
  • 5.75 lbs of Buffalo Wing meat eaten off the bone in 10 minutes.
  • 57 Krystal Burgers in 8 minutes: an American Record.
  • 40 Crab Cakes in 12 minutes.
  • 11.4 pounds of Lobster meat (44 soft shell lobsters) in 12 minutes.
  • 35 Johnsonville Brats in 10 minutes.
  • 37 Nathan’s Hot Dogs and Buns in 12 minutes, breaking the previous women’s world record of 32 that I set last year.
  • 6 lbs of Salty Ball Potatoes in 8 minutes, 40 seconds.
  • 9 1/2 large boxes of (MTV Movie Awards) Popcorn in 10 minutes.
  • Armor Vienna Sausages: 8.31 pounds in 10 minutes
  • Acme Oysters: 46 Dozen (552) in 10 minutes, breaking my previous mark of 36 dozen set last year
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwiches: 25 in 10 minutes.
  • 9.5-lbs (total weight) Barrick Burger w/ Cheese (without condiments) in 48 minutes, 10 seconds.
  • “Carmine’s” Meatballs: 5.95 lbs in 12 minutes.
  • Hard-boiled Eggs: 52 in 5 minutes to establish a record for that time.
  • Toasted Ravioli: 4 pounds in 12 minutes.
  • Ultra Rich Sweet Potato Casserole (w/Pecans): 8.62 pounds in 11 minutes.
  • Tacos (Soft-Shell Chicken): 48 in 11 minutes
  • Buffalo Wings: 5.09 pounds (162 wings) in 12 minutes
  • 9.76 pounds of Lobster meat (38 soft shell lobsters) in 12 minutes.
  • 8.4 lbs. of Baked Beans in 2 minutes, 47 seconds.
  • Chicken Nuggets: 80 in 5 minutes.
  • 32 Nathan’s Hot Dogs and Buns in 12 minutes, breaking the previous women’s world record of 25 that I set last year at Coney Island.
  • Bacci World Pizza-Eating Championship: 6 1/2 extra large “slices” of 24″ Cheese Pizza in 15 minutes.
  • Acme Oysters: 36 Dozen in 10 minutes.
  • Cheese Quesadillas: 31 1/2 four-inch quesadillas in 5 minutes.
  • Crawfish Jambalaya: 9 pounds in 10 minutes.
  • Cheesecake: 11 pounds in 9 minutes.
  • 167 BBQ Chicken Wings in 32 minutes.
  • Fruitcake: 4 Pounds, 14 1/4 Ounces in 10 minutes.
  • 7 and 3/4 pounds of Turducken (chicken, wrapped in duck, wrapped in turkey) in 12 minutes.
  • Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwiches: 23 in 10 minutes.
  • Tacos: 43 1/2 in 11 minutes.
  • Hard-boiled Eggs: 65 in 6 minutes, 40 seconds.
  • Buffalo Wings: 134 in 12 minutes (qualifying round).
  • Hardees Thickburgers: SEVEN 3/4-pound fully dressed burgers in 10 minutes.
  • Women’s World Record of 25 Hot Dogs and Buns: 12 minutes.

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