Competitive eating in Chino Hills

If you like wolfing your food, or like the idea of watching other people wolf their food, this could be for you. Jody Maroni’s Sausage Kingdom is opening a location at The Shoppes at Chino Hills — and marking the occasion with a sausage-eating contest.

It takes place at 2 p.m. Saturday on a stage in the Promenade area of the open-air mall. Anyone interested should show up at 1:30 to fill out forms and such. Unlike the famous Nathan’s hot dog contest at Coney Island, contestants only have to eat two “fully loaded” sausage sandwiches. Whoever finishes first, wins coupons for five free combos. Thankfully, they don’t have to be redeemed immediately.

And no, you won’t find me within miles of the place. I prefer to eat less, and more slowly.

Maroni’s will also give out free samples from noon to 4 p.m. and donate 15 percent of any proceeds to a Chino Hills charity, the Let It Be Foundation, which offers support for the families of Chino Valley children with life-threatening medical conditions. They’re calling the event Haut Dogs for Hope.

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  • matt cohen

    I went, I entered, and I won. It ended up to be 5 sandwiches with 5 minutes to consume as much as possible. I ate 3 and 3/4 sandwiches. Runner up was 2 and 1/2 sandwiches. It was a blast.

    [Not as in projectile-vomiting, I hope. Thanks for the report, and congratulations. -- DA]