Jackson County

Jackson County deputy beats Moss Point chief in burger-eating contest

MOSS POINT -- McDonald's employee Reginald Smith couldn't put his money where his mouth was.

Smith was one eight people, including Moss Point Police Chief Art McClung, who competed in a hamburger-eating contest Wednesday at the Moss Point McDonald's.

The contest was held in recognition of National Hamburger Day, which is May 28. National Hamburger Day is part of National Hamburger Month, which is recognized each May.

Before The contest started, Smith was talking trash, attempting to intimidate his opponents.

"I'm going to beat all of the guys," said Smith, who also said he had not been practicing while on the clock.

The rules of the content were simple: the contestant who ate the most complete hamburgers in one minute would be the champion. Each contestant was presented a platter of five standard McDonald's hamburgers, each containing the classic condiments of mustard, ketchup, pickles and onions, as well as five standard cheeseburgers and a bottle of water.

The current hamburger-eating record is held by professional eater Joey Chestnut, who broke the Natchitoches meat pie eating record earlier this year at the Silver Slipper in Bay St. Louis.

Chestnut ate 103 Krystal burgers in eight minutes.

But professional eaters the Moss Point contestants were not, as Jackson County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Mitch McMillan won the contest by eating a less-than thrilling two hamburgers in the allotted 60 seconds.

The trash-talking Smith did not finish two of his 10 burgers.

McClung said the toughest part about the contest was the bread.

"The bread was rough," he said. "I should have poured my water on the buns so they would just slide down."