Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas’ turkey eating record was beaten by Takeru Kobayashi one day later.
Takeru Kobayashi managed to scoff 7.5 lb of turkey in 10 minutes in Turtle Bay, New York, on Wednesday, beating Sonya Thomas’ 5.25 lb effort.
Dan Rollman, of Recordsetter.com, told the Huffington Post: “Never in my life have witnessed food disappear like that. The man is true culinary Houdini.
“It was a true honour to be so close to such a legend as he showed off his skills.”
Takeru Kobayashi told onlookers after the event that he thought the turkey was dry, making it harder to swallow.
Takeru Kobayashi, who is 5ft 8ins and weighs 128lb, was just pleased to notch up another record.
He said: “I have been blessed to be able to eat for a living, while many in the world go hungry.
“I hope I can use my talent to raise awareness and funds to combat hunger across America and across the globe.”
On Thanksgiving Day Takeru Kobayashi did not sit down to enjoy more turkey, he volunteered at the Bowery Mission’s Thanksgiving Day Banquet in New York.
Sonya Thomas, 42, who is 5ft 5in and weighs 105lb claimed her record as part of the Wild Turkey 81 Eating World Championship, held in Times Square, New York.
She beat her nearest rivals – all men – by more than a pound of meat.
Sonya Thomas’ feat saw her collect a cash prize of $1,581 and adding another title to her collection of world records.
Speaking after her victory, she told the New York Daily News: “I left only bone. I’m so happy.”
“I’m not normally a fan of turkey… but their turkey today was very tasty, moist and warm. That’s why I ate most of the meat.”
Sonya Thomas, who is from Alexandria, Virginia, and works as a restaurant manager, used a less frenzied technique to eat the turkey during the contest.
While no competitor uses cutlery, Sonya Thomas stripped handfuls of meat from the bird and placed the pieces in her mouth while drinking water in between.
Sonya Thomas’s technique differed vastly from Eric Booker, who claimed second prize in the contest.
The 400-pound man, nicknamed “Badlands”, picked up the bird in one hand and gnawed away using a technique more suited to a chicken leg.
Eric Booker said of his strategy: “I just ripped the bird apart and ate the innards. I think I ate the wishbone by accident.”
Eric Booker, who holds his own world record for eating pumpkin pies, praised his fellow competitor.
“I’m definitely in awe of her abilities, to be so small and eat so much.”
Sonya Thomas’ success in New York follows several other world records.
In September, Sonya Thomas managed to eat 183 chicken wings in just 12 minutes, breaking her own record.
And in July she became the first Female World Hot Dog Eating Champion by swallowing 40 hot dogs in 10 minutes.
Sonya Thomas also has records for eating in several other categories including cheesecakes, crayfish, oysters and jalapenos.
And for anyone wondering what Sonya Thomas is having this Thursday – she is planning a feast with Korean food.
Sonya Thomas’ eating records:
Asparagus – 5.75lbs deep fried in 10 minutes
Burgers – 7 3/4 pounders in 10 minutes
Cheesecakes – 11lbs in 9 minutes.
Chicken nuggets – 80 in 5 minutes
Chicken wings – 183 in 12 minutes
Crabcakes – 46 3oz cakes in 10 minutes
Eggs – 65 hard boiled in 6 minutes, 40 seconds
Fruitcakes – 4lbs, 14oz in 10 minutes
Gyoza – 206 n 10 minutes
Jambalaya – 9lbs of crayfish variety in 10 mins
Lobster – 11.3lbs of meat in 12 minutes
MoonPies – 38 in 8 minutes
Oysters – 46 dozen in 10 minutes
Pizza – 6 extra large pizza slices in 15 minutes
Pulled pork – 23 sandwiches in 10 minutes
Tacos – 43 soft tacos in 11 minutes
Tater tots – 250 tater tots in 5 minutes