I got a surprise when I arrived at work on Wednesday, May 18, 2011.
My editor-in-chief at CBSNewYork.com asked if I could go out and cover the pickle eating contest at the Carnegie Deli. I love the chance to get out from behind my desk, even if the weather is less than fantastic. So, this was quite a pleasant surprise.
At about 10:00 a.m. I made my way over to the Carnegie Deli for the contest, which is officially called the United Carnegie Pickle Eating Contest (because of the United Pickle company and the Carnegie Deli).
Anyway, here’s how it works.
First of all, each contestant has to sign a release form.
The contestants are given a bowl with four pounds of the full sour pickles. They have five minutes to eat as much as possible. There is a judge behind each contestant to make sure nobody is stuffing anything into their clothing or in some other way cheating. When the five minutes are up, the remaining pickles and pickle pieces are weighed and that amount is subtracted for the initial four pounds. Whoever has the least left is the winner.
The winner was Mike “The Skinny” Hoffman of Farmingdale, NY. He ate 1.8 pounds of pickles. This was not his first time participating in this contest, but it was his first win.
It was a change of pace and I had fun.
You can see more of my photos HERE.
– Evan Bindelglass
(Photos taken with iPhone 4)