Thirty minutes and 287 wings later, Jamie left Philly with the ring and the 2013 Wing Bowl Crown.
“Oh yeah, I mean this is the biggest contest in the world — as far as people, as far as prizes,” says McDonald. “In fact, I even had an Iron Chef judge as a member of my entourage and he even said — as far as a food-related event — he’s never seen anything like it before.”
At his home in Granby, Conn., you can see Jamie doesn’t look like your typical competitive eater.
Mixed in between a sea of chicken-wing-champ and tater-tot-king trophies are quite a few more for body building.
“Typically as a body builder, you wouldn’t go eat almost 300 wings on a weekend, but from a mental aspect and trying to push yourself, it’s the same,” says McDonald. “You know, when you’re at the gym and trying to get those last couple set, reps in.”
And it turns out his steady diet of lean meat and vegetables actually prepared him for Friday’s epic chow down.
“I’ll eat 4 to 5 pounds of vegetables at night and try to drink a gallon, gallon-and-a-half of water just to stretch my stomach out,” says McDonald.
Aside from the Wing Bowl ring and crown, Jamie also took home a pretty handsome check for $20,000. It’s the biggest prize he’s ever won.
“Hot dogs, hamburgers, tater tots, burnt ends — which is a cut of barbecue– fried mushroooms, chili dogs,” says McDonald, listing his past eating competition successes.
Jamie’s been logging a lot of gym time since returning Saturday night.
He says he’ll be back to his pre-Wing Bowl weight by the end of the week, which is about the same time he’ll slip back into the ring.
“Actually, I’ll be in Chicago this weekend doing a Pączki eating contest.
You can follow his eating adventures at jamiethebearmcdonald.com