Thomas beat out eight competitors to take home the $5,000 first prize, as well as a special pink championship belt compliments of sponsor Pepto-Bismol.
Interested in entering the world of competitive eating? Read on to find out where to get started...
If your dream is to eat your way to glory, one can only hope to be like Thomas, who weighs-in at just over 100-pounds. She out-paced fellow female competitors and scarfed down a total of 40 hot dogs, beating out the second-place holder by more than 10 whole dogs. She is ranked No. 5 by Major League Eating, the organization that oversees worldwide competitive eating contests.
But Thomas' 40-dogs-down is nothing compared to champion Joey Chestnut, who tackled back a mind-blowing 68 hot dogs (14 more than his 2010 record) in the men's competition, securing his fifth consecutive win, a $10,000 prize, and the coveted "mustard belt."
Want to enter a local eating competition to see if you can chow down like the top dogs? Check out EatFeats.com for a list of local-area events and contests. You can search by city, Fort Lauderdale and Miami included. Then, start eating. With a year's worth of practice you could possibly place in next year's Star Spangled Stop Burger Eating Contest, which held its inaugural competition Monday, July 4 at the Weston Town Center.
Representatives from Stop Burger have yet to name the man who won Monday's contest, but confirmed he ate a total of eight, half-pound burgers in under five minutes for a $2,500 grand prize.