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Pennsylvania man eats astonishing number of wings to win Philadelphia’s ‘Wing Bowl’

Fans cheer as contestants consume wings during WIP's Wing Bowl 21 eating contest Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP/Matt Rourke)

A Philadelphia man is $10,000 richer on Friday after winning the Philadelphia Wing Bowl, a chicken wing eating contest — but he paid a heavy price for the honor.

Bob "Notorious B.O.B." Shoudt, 50, is the new 2017 Philadelphia Wing Bowl champion after he ate a whopping 409 chicken wings. Shoudt is a repeat contestant and placed third in the 2015 and 2016 Wing Bowl contests. On average, each buffalo chicken wing has an estimated 130 calories, which means that Shoudt ate an amazing 53,170 calories in a single sitting. The USDA recommends that the average adult male should consume between 2000 and 3000 calories per day.

"I’m happiest to be the oldest Wing Bowl champion, as well as the first champion from Pennsylvania in 20 years,” he said.

In addition to the $10,000 prize, Shoudt won a Hyundai Santa Fe SUV and a Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Last year's Wing Bowl winner, Molly Schuyler, downed 429 wings before being crowned the winner. Schuyler also participated in another Wing Bowl event this year, inhaling five and a half pounds of steak in three minutes and 17 seconds. She set a world record.

Other highlights from this year's event included an eliminated contestant proposing to his girlfriend, who accepted the surprise proposal, and an appearance by the rapper Coolio, according to the event's Facebook page.

The Wing Bowl is an annual competitive eating event held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania the Friday before the Super Bowl. Now in its 25th year, the Wing Bowl started out in 1993 with 150 attendees. Last year, more than 20,000 spectators came to watch 29 contestants compete in various eating challenges.




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