Radcliff man takes on competitive eaters
RADCLIFF, Ky. (WDRB) --In the classic movie, "Cool Hand Luke" they said eating 50 eggs couldn't be done. They tried though, and succeeded. A man from Hardin County is hoping to get that same result today at Radcliff Days, when he tries to eat his way to the top.
The challenge: devour as many eggs as possible in 8 minutes. The catch: You're up against the world's best eaters.
"How exciting would that be if a local guy beats the champion?" Radcliff Mayor, J.J. Duvall asked.
Nick Holeman is going to try to make it happen. He's set to take on Joey "Jaws" Chestnut and Sonya "Black Widow" Thomas. Both of those people have dominated food competitions for years. Holeman qualified to take on the heavyweights during a competition in Radcliff, where he ate 35 boneless chicken wings in 6 minutes. He took part in that challenge on a whim just a few weeks back.
"My girlfriend texted me and said 'hey sign up for this, we could use the money.' I said okay, cool," Holeman explained.
Now that he's qualified to take on the best, Holeman means business. He's been practice eating.
"I'm boiling a few a night, working on technique, as far as speed," Holeman said.
And, he's done his homework.
"I've tried to take some lessons from their interviews on youtube and wherever I can find them," Holeman said.
The king of eating doesn't seem too concerned with his Kentucky competition.
"I can't wait to put him down. I love eating and I love beating people. I have the best job in the world. I'm going to teach him a thing or two," Chestnut said.
Holeman and his hometown supporters say he's worth a second look though because there's a lot of things folks from Kentucky know all about, and one of them is food.
Radcliff Days start at 10am. The competition begins at 2pm.
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