El Wingador is no more the Wing Bowl King

February 6, 2012

I must admit I had never heard about El Wingador until last Friday. That’s when a good friend of mine – who is fascinated by competitive eaters – pointed me to the 9-minute video that Oscar-winning filmaker Errol Morris made about Bill “El Wingador” Simmons. He is the best known competitive eater, having been the only contestant so far to achieve 5 Wing Bowl victories.

The Wing Bowl is a chicken wing eating contest held in Philadelphia once a year, on the Friday preceding the Super Bowl.

In this video, posted on the New York Times’ website just before the latest contest, El Wingador opens up about his eating habits and training regimen. He appears to be a very articulate person, fully committed to a certain kind of excellence — or at least, a certain kind of excess.

Alas, El Wingador did not win last Friday’s contest. The new winner is a surprisingly short and skinny Japanese guy, who shattered the all-time-record to take the crown, devouring 337 wings in 30 minutes. El Wingador came in third with “only” 251 wings.

Have a look at our recipe for Grilled Chicken Wings. It contains 340 calories and 30% of the daily amount of saturated fat per serving, i.e. 3 wings. That means that this year’s winner swallowed in 30 minutes some 38,000 calories and one month’s worth of saturated fat!


Cinzia Cuneo
Cinzia Cuneo, founder of SOSCuisine.com, never wanted to neglect the quality of her food. She shares her special expertise to make good food quickly and without complications!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This website uses cookies to give the best user experience, monitor the site performance, offer social networks features, or display advertisements. By clicking "ACCEPT", you consent to the use of cookies in accordance to our privacy policy.

Our weekly newsletter includes:

  • Recipes, tips and advice on healthy eating
  • Occasional promotions on products & services from SOSCuisine and some trusted partners
  • Occasional invitations to help scientific research by answering surveys or participating in studies
  • Your email address will never be shared without your permission and you may unsubscribe at any time.
SOSCuisine, 3470 Stanley, Suite 1605, Montreal, QC, H3A 1R9, Canada.