Who's it going to be? We have two chances to guess. Beginning at 1 p.m. this coming Saturday under the BP Pavilion of the Larose Civic Center, the crowd will cheer on their favorite eater to gumbo-eating champion status.
First up will be the professional competitive eaters versus the possible average Joe's dark horse from somewhere on the bayou.
Competitive eater, Adrian Morgan of Baton Rouge, is favored to win. He is currently ranked number 6 in the world on the competitive eating circuit with Major League Eating. However, he has his work cut out for him as the eaters slurp down bowls of seafood gumbo with a spoon. Without a doubt, the other pros will be right on his heels.
Professional competitors include number 3 ranked eater, Miki Sudo of Las Vegas, the only female yet to be signed up; number 18 ranked eater Crazy Legs Conti, the lumberjack breakfast champion; Nathan Biller, four-time Coney Island hot dog-eating finalist and ranked number 23; and number 30 ranked eater MLE veteran Matthew Raible.
The dark horse from the bayou just may be Corey Fanguy, the number 40 ranked eater of Gray, LA. From beginning to end, eaters have eight minutes to down as much gumbo as possible to take home the title and a total prize purse worth $5,000.
And then, many think, the fun really begins. Once the pros leave the stage, it's all about the bayou's bragging rights. The title of Lafourche Parish's Gumbo Eating Hero goes up for grabs.
The Lafourche Parish Sheriff's office will face off against the District 3 firemen. A team representing each will battle to see just who can eat the most gumbo and claim victory as gastro-extraodinaire.
So the question is, are you #teamLEO or #teamFIGHTER? Be sure to wear your t-shirt, make a sign – whatever you can do to let these everyday heroes know you're pulling for them.
If you know someone interested in giving the challenge a try, visit the WRG website at www.wrgumbo.com or give the coordinators a call at 504-416-6000. Don't miss the chance to be a part of this record setting event. And don't forget, while we're setting the record for the largest pot of gumbo ever made, watch the Fightin' Tigers of LSU dismantle the Alabama Crimson Tide on the big 30-ft. screen.
Also, did we mention the gumbo is free?
See y'all Saturday, 11 a.m.