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'Virgin Mary' grilled cheese at eat-off

Feb. 11, 2005 at 1:18 PM   |   Comments

VENICE BEACH, Calif., Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Gurgitators are to descend on Venice Beach, Calif., Saturday for a grilled cheese sandwich eating contest honoring the Virgin Mary grilled cheese sold on eBay.

The International Federation of Competitive Eating is sponsoring the eat-off at Muscle Beach that will feature the 10-year-old grilled-cheese sandwich which its original owner, who believed the Blessed Virgin was burned into the bread, recently sold for $28,000.

Competitors stand to win their share of $10,000 in cash prizes, the federation said, for success in the 10-minute, all-you-can-eat contest. But all attendees will be able to hear Florida resident Diana Duyser, Virgin Mary grill-cheese seller, tell her story with the sandwich on display.

The federation gave odds to No. 1 ranked eater Sonya Thomas of Virginia. The 100-pound woman holds several world records and titles, including eating 36 dozen oysters in 10 minutes. There was no word on whether Thomas had to open the oysters as well.

Topics: Sonya Thomas
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