Dale Boone does The Vanishing Act.
Dale Boone feels the donut with a kind of surgeon precision, holds it in his hands for a moment then keeps it back on the plate. The donut was able to momentarily breath a sigh of relief for as he takes a swig of his iced lemon tea. But at the next instant the donut vanishes! And my conversation with David carries on like nothing had happened.
Dale Boone is a professional ‘eater’ from Atlanta, Georgia and a representative of WLOCE (World League of Competitive Eaters). He holds 23 world records, and is in India now looking for new recruits, to introduce India and south east Asia to competitive eating (of course!).
Dale is looking to promote competitive eating as a sport in India. He says there is a lot of talent here that is going unrecognized and he is looking to bring India’s latent competitive eating talent out.
According to Boone, professional eating is more than just ‘eating’ it involves technique and is a science. His nine years as a competitive eater has taught him to fine tune the sport of ‘eating’. This sport requires physical and mental fitness, and Dale says its crucial not to lack in these departments of one will never win.
“It’s as easy as this you eat and win money, hard cash” Dale says, but without discipline you won’t get anywhere. He’s quiet happy about the response here in India, “I’d like to see more women come out and compete, till now its been only men.”
Dale has lived in India and has actually completed his film making studies from Chennai, and that explains the odd Tamil word you hear from him every now and then. WLOCE is looking to have their first ‘eating competition’ in India in May, in Bangalore. In the US of ‘A’ its anything from hot-dogs, corn dogs, apple-pie to pig intestine. Here in India it would be idlis and donuts for a start and that depends on who is sponsoring too.
And about the case of the vanishing donut, he just smiles and says “anybody can do that, but I can do that for ten minutes non-stop”
For more information on Competitive eating and the World League of Competitive Eaters you can log onto http://www.wloce.com