Krystal Square Off

Contestants at the 2007 Krystal Square Off.

The Krystal Square Off was the official World Hamburger Eating Championship from 2004 to 2009, taking place in Chattanooga, Tennessee and sanctioned by the International Federation of Competitive Eating (IFOCE). In this event, contestants ate as many Krystal hamburgers as possible in eight minutes.

The sole difference between the hamburgers consumed for the Square Off and the hamburgers purchased from Krystal restaurants is that pickles were removed from hamburgers consumed for the event to minimize the risk of choking.

The Krystal Square Off consisted of a qualifying tour and a world championship. In the qualifying tour, amateur eaters competed with professional eaters for a spot at the world championship. In 2004, the first year of the event, local amateurs Sam Vise and Jeff Hicks defeated professionals to earn a position at the world championship.

The two-minute qualifier record stands at 39 Krystals eaten by "Humble" Bob Shoudt in Nashville, 2007.

Citing "significant" demands on company resources, the company cancelled the event in 2010, looking to shift its "marketing focus and efforts" to new products and new store locations.[1]

List of winners

  Date Name First Second Third Fourth Notes
I November 13, 2004 Japan Takeru "Tsunami" Kobayashi 69 46 41 38 World Record
II November 19, 2005 Japan Takeru "Tsunami" Kobayashi 67 62 56 51  
III October 28, 2006 Japan Takeru "Tsunami" Kobayashi 97 91 76 65 World Record
IV October 28, 2007 United States Joey "Jaws" Chestnut 103 95 94 74 Current World Record
V September 28, 2008 United States Joey "Jaws" Chestnut 93 85 84 76 Kobayashi finished 3rd
VI September 27, 2009 Japan Takeru "Tsunami" Kobayashi 93 81 76 71 No Dunking World Record


Joey Chestnut holds the world record for eating 103 Krystal burgers in 8 minutes at the 2007 Krystal Square Off.

A list of contestants

100 burgers or more ("The Double Tre Double Deuce")

90 burgers or more ("The Triple Tre")

70 burgers or more ("The Double Tre and a Half Deuce")

60 burgers or more ("The Double Tre")

50 burgers or more ("The Deuce Tre")

40 burgers or more ("The Double Deuce")

30 burgers or more ("The Tre")

25 burgers or more ("A sackful +1")

See also


  1. 1 2 Legge, Joe (August 12, 2010). "Krystal Officials Report that Annual "Square-Off" is Cancelled". WDEF-TV News 12. Retrieved September 27, 2010.
  2. Breaking News: Kobayashi remains Krystal king, Chattanooga Times Free Press, October 28, 2006. Retrieved 2006-10-31.

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