I Got To Cover The Pickle Eating Contest At The Carnegie Deli

Contestants at the United Carnegie Pickle Eating Contest - New York, NY - May 18, 2011

Contestants at the United Carnegie Pickle Eating Contest - New York, NY - May 18, 2011

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).

United Carnegie Pickle Eating Contest - New York, NY - May 18, 2011

United Carnegie Pickle Eating Contest - New York, NY - May 18, 2011

United Carnegie Pickle Eating Contest - New York, NY - May 18, 2011

United Carnegie Pickle Eating Contest - New York, NY - May 18, 2011

Anyway, here’s how it works.

First of all, each contestant has to sign a release form.

Contestant Release Form for United Carnegie Pickle Eating Contest - New York, NY - May 18, 2011

Contestant Release Form for United Carnegie Pickle Eating Contest - New York, NY - May 18, 2011

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.

Mike "The Skinny" Hoffman prepares for the United Carnegie Pickle Eating Contest - New York, NY - May 18, 2011

Mike "The Skinny" Hoffman prepares for the United Carnegie Pickle Eating Contest - New York, NY - May 18, 2011

Mike "The Skinny" Hoffman at the United Carnegie Pickle Eating Contest - New York, NY - May 18, 2011

Mike "The Skinny" Hoffman at the United Carnegie Pickle Eating Contest - New York, NY - May 18, 2011

United Carnegie Pickle Eating Contest - New York, NY - May 18, 2011

United Carnegie Pickle Eating Contest - New York, NY - May 18, 2011

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.

Mike "The Skinny" Hoffman hoists his trophy at the United Carnegie Pickle Eating Contest - New York, NY - May 18, 2011

Mike "The Skinny" Hoffman hoists his trophy at the United Carnegie Pickle Eating Contest - New York, NY - May 18, 2011

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)

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4 Responses to I Got To Cover The Pickle Eating Contest At The Carnegie Deli

  1. Haha, what a strange event to cover huh? Nonetheless, it looks exotically enticing.

  2. Pingback: 2011 Carnegie Deli pickle contest report- | EatFeats

  3. Aaron says:

    What a surprisingly normal looking group of contestants.

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