Settling Old Scores at Spiral Diner's Third Annual Pancake Eating Contest
|Photos by Patrick Michels|
|Denied in 2009, Mario Sanchez raises his vegan pancake eating trophy to the sky Sunday at Spiral Diner, as last year's champ, James Magruder, gathers his composure.|
That was the word on Sanchez's lips moments after he downed 21 vegan pancakes in five minutes, putting an end to a nightmare that began two years ago, at Spiral's first contest, when he lost by just half a pancake, after three overtime rounds, to a trash-talking interloper named Eric Mason.
This time around, Sanchez wasn't leaving anything to chance, charging out the gate with four cakes stuffed into his mouth at once. Even by out-doing his 17-cake performance last year, defending champion James Magruder hardly stood a chance.
Magruder finished with 19 pancakes in the tense five-minute bout, runner-up in a field of about a dozen hungry vegans and vegan-friendly eaters.
Check out more photos from the contest here in our slideshow.
|Spiral Diner's Sara Tomerlin shows off the pancake trophy before the contest.|
|Magruder and Sanchez keep it loose before the contest starts.|
|Aaron Gonzalez wraps in a pancake under his expertly curled mustache, while Josh Kouma steals a look at the competition.|