By Kenneth Barilari
28 contestants took part in the first Ani Ramen Slurp, Sip, Repeat Ramen Eating Contest. The competition, which took place at Ani Ramen in Montclair, pit participants against each other to see who could eat the most ramen in 15 minutes.
Contestants came prepared with their own competitive eating method. Some stood, some sat, and one even chose a fork over chopsticks. One contestant, Dexter, came suited up warrior style for the event.
In the end, Sebastian Voltarelli of Glen Ridge came out victorious. He took home the coveted prize, the Ani Ramen Golden Chopsticks, good for 1 year of free ramen at either Ani Ramen location. Voltarelli finished a very impressive 9.25 bowls of ramen in 15 minutes. A real estate professional at the Voltarelli Organization, he has never competed in an organized food competition before.
The second place winner, Carlos Avellaneda of Paterson, consumed 6.5 bowls of Ramen. He has competed in numerous food eating competitions. Evan Darnell, founder of Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen restaurant in Brooklyn, secured the third place spot after consuming 6 bowls.
“We were thrilled at the turnout and the enthusiasm at our first Slurp, Sip, Repeat Ramen Eating Competition. It was a fun, exciting event and we were so happy to have such a great group of competitors. We hope the event will continue to grow and look forward to doing it again next year,” Ani Ramen Owner said.
Best of all, a total of $500 was raised via entry fees at the competition for Montclair Emergency Services for the Homeless (MESH).
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