Competitive eating is a contentious thing. On one hand it’s big business, with contestants vying for big money in some cases. On the other hand, it’s gluttonous, a waste of food, and fairly gross. Entertaining. But gross.
The event was organised by Moscow caviar producers. It brought together twelve contestants picked randomly from a hat. Each were given 500g of caviar to eat in the shortest possible time.
Each competitor was given an extra 500g for taking part. The winner, Muscovite Alexander Valov, finished his helping in one minute and eight seconds, also took home a trophy.
The hosts said all caviar for the event, two million roubles worth roughly $68,000 at today’s conversion rates, was not from wild caught fish. It instead came courtesy of local caviar breeders, who sourced the caviar from their legal breeding factory in the city of Vologda, northwest from the city.
Russian had banned exports of sturgeon caviar to several countries (anyone in the EU, for example) in 2002, as stocks and reserves became quite low. Russia resumed its official exports of sturgeon caviar to the European Union in February of 2011.
Check out the video of the expensive eggs getting sucked down below.