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Ex-champ chomps way to pie eating title

Friday, December 18, 2015 - 01:57

Martin Appleton-Clare sees off rivals and chomps his way to a pie eating title in the north of England. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (No reporter narration) At a pub in northern England, a group of men surround a table of meat pies, ready for action. One takes out his denture and exercises his facial muscles, another eyes the competition around him carefully. Given the go, they all put a steak and kidney pie to their mouths, chomping away as they try to finish them speedily. Harry's Bar in the town of Wigan played host to the "World Pie Eating Competition" on Thursday, where 17 eager pie-eaters sought to consume the pastries as fast as possible. The pastries for this year's competition, which began 23 years ago, were cold and measured about 3 inches in width and an inch and a half in height, Callaghan said, adding there are also strict rules. Competitors varied on their techniques for eating the food, which is popular all over Britain. One said he preferred to take small nibbles, another larger bites. In the end, it was 37-year old Martin Appleton-Clare, from Wigan, who won, scoffing his pie in 38.2 seconds. Appleton-Clare won the title in 2012.

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Ex-champ chomps way to pie eating title

Friday, December 18, 2015 - 01:57