Pie-size blunder doesn't deter contestants at World Pie Eating Championships
Friday, December 19, 2014 - 01:22
Despite a size mix-up that led to the winner's title being nullified, a humble pub in Wigan, Northern England hosts the 2014 World Pie Eating Championships. Elly Park reports.
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For the past 22 years, this bar in Wigan in England, has hosted one of the world's most tasteful competitions.
Inside contestants are eager to get their fingers into one of these pies, to win the title of 2014 World Pie Eating Champion.
Tony Callaghan is bar owner and pie master.
SOUNDBITE: Tony Callaghan, Pie Master and Harry's Bar Owner, saying (English)
"It's just about who can eat a meat potato pie as quickly as possible. Dead simple."
Except this year, it's going to be half pies, after the competition's official caterer sent over the wrong order.
They accidentally sent pies twice the regulation diameter, meant for another event.
Judges soon declared the competition void, but it did not deter contestants from gobbling down the meaty snacks.
In the final local warehouse supervisor Barry Rigby beat out competition with a time of 46.2 seconds.
Rigby, who has previously won the world title in 2009, said that this year's competition was much harder.
SOUNDBITE: Barry Rigby, Former World Pie Eating Champion, saying (English)
"The pie was a lot thicker and it was a lot harder for chewing and getting down."
While he didn't win a second title, Rigby is the first who can call himself World Half-pie Eating Champion.
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