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June 01, 2018

These competitors ate hundreds of Hostess Donettes in just six minutes

This is how Joey Chestnut does National Doughnut Day

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10 competitors descended on the Shops at Liberty Place, Friday, to see who could eat the most doughnuts in 6 minutes.

On National Doughnut Day, the first-ever Hostess Donettes eating contest took place at The Shops at Liberty Place. Ten competitors lined up on stage to see who could eat the most powdered Donettes in just six minutes.

One was a school superintendent, another was a giant at 6 ft. 7 in. and one competitor performed a rap for the audience. The man to beat was Joey Chestnut, the number one competitive eater in the world.


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Carmen Cincotti of Newark, N.J., came close. He managed to finish a total of 244 Donettes, while Chestnut won by eating a whopping 257.

After eating roughly 43 Donettes per minute, Chestnut still licked the powdered sugar from his fingers before smiling for the cheering crowd.

He took home $4,000 as the first place winner, while Cincotti won $2,000. Prizes were also awarded to third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh place finishers.

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Joey Chestnut, the #1-ranked competitive eater in the world mashes a fistful of pulverized Hostess Donettes during the eating contest on National Doughnut Day, Friday, June 1, 2018.

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A curious crowd looks on as the competition gets underway at the Shops at Liberty Place, Friday, June 1, 2018.


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Most competitors vigorously ate fistfuls of mashed doughnuts one after another.


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10 competitive eaters squared-off in Center City, Friday, to see who could eat the most Hostess Donettes on National Doughnut Day.


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Carmen Cincotti of Newark, NJ, center, is currently #2-ranked competitive eater in the world. He came in 2nd place in the competition.


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Rap artist, Eric 'Badlands' Booker competes in the first ever Hostess Donettes eating contest, Friday, June 1, 2018.


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Joey Chestnut, the #1-ranked competitive eater in the world came in first place during the first ever Hostess Donettes eating contest, and took home $4000 in prize money.


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Dozens of bowls containing 48 Hostess Donettes are lined up before the start of the competition.