How Many Tamales Can You Eat in 12 Minutes?

48 tamales in 12 minutes equals tamale championship title

By Elvira Sakmari
|  Sunday, Sep 27, 2009  |  Updated 10:02 AM CDT
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Tamale Eating Contest

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Tamale Eating Contest

Juliet Lee wins the 2009 World Tamale Eating Championship in Lewisville.
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She's ranks eighth in the world by Major League Eating and on Saturday Juliet Lee captured the 2009 World Tamale Eating Championship in Lewisville.

Lee downed 48 tamales in 12 minutes, making her total the fifth highest in event history and the most for any woman eater ever.

While Lee takes home a $1,500 cash prize, she didn't come close to the world record of 71 tamales held by Tim "Eater X" Janus of New York City since 2007.

"Nasty" Nate Biller was second with his personal best 42 tamales, Bryan "Big Sexy" Beard was third with 26 and Brent Ricord of Keller was fourth with 25.

12 Texans took part in the eating spree.

2009 World Tamale Eating Championship – final results
48          Juliet Lee, Germantown, MD
42          Nathan Biller, Briarwood, NY
26          Bryan Beard, Aurora, CO
25          Brent Ricord, Keller, TX
23.5       Zack Alvarado, Lewisville, TX
21.75    Steve Larson, Wichita, KS
21           Kevin Hill, Waxahachie, TX
20.5       Homer Flores, San Antonio, TX
20.5       Adrean Owen, Denton, TX
20.5       Patrick Owen, Corinth, TX
20          Tony Martinez, Dallas, TX
16.5       Craig Reed, Ferndale, MI
16.5       Oscar Salceda, Lewisville, TX
16           Arial Garcia, Lewisville, TX
16           Marc Laureys, Dallas, TX,
11.5        Jaime Flores, Lewisville, TX
10.25     Robert Salinas, Lewisville, TX

The competition was organized by the Lewisville Convention and Visitors Bureau and held in conjunction with the Western Day festival in Old Town Lewisville.

Dallas Tortilla & Tamale Factory in Lewisville donated the tamales for contest.

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