By Donald Lerman
entered every qualifier for NATHANS back IN 20001 , WINNING 7 Out of 10
plus the Coney island Prom the with an impressive 5 Hot Dog & buns in
50sec that graced the back page of the B"klyn Sunday News.
Promoted Nathan's on Sally Jesse Raphel show as well as wor news 12 cable
and a countless more networks plus The documentaries Gutbusters and the
Big Eats . I was an unofficial spokesman for Nathan's being on the wall of
fame, I'd refuse quest appearances at hot dog hot at triple A baseball
stadiums because they weren't using NATHAN'S Hot Dogs, I understand
wanting Joey chestnuts Picture on the wall, but a Uncle Sam
on stilts taking 5 spots and Mr. Hot dog, that's absurd, they could
have accommodated the people that set the table for the Chestnuts and
Company easily without sacrificing any new eaters. 3 days before I was
aware that I was pulled the Wall to promote the "be a judge
At Nathan's 4th of July, which I put up on my site ''The Lerman Report''
only to take down. In closing I'll Just say this is is not the way that
a veteran Nathan's eater should be treated. End
Nathan's Snubs The Greats
By Kevin L.
recent changing of the Wall of Fame billboard is of course a huge
disappointment to all those who were on it and now are not, of course. I
have met almost all of the new eaters who are now on it and they are
deserving of a spot on this Wall of Fame. They like the original eaters on
the billboard, have put in their time and also deserve a spot. What is
most disappointing to me, more than the old one being taken down and
changed, is that we had no advance notice. What I would have done with
that advance notice, is taken my daughter, who is now 2 and old enough to
appreciate seeing Daddy up on the wall, to see it, before it was taken
down. In the grand scheme of things, that is what bothers me most,
personally. From others perspective, especially someone like Badlands who
is still active and has been removed, even though he can still eat more
than those who have replaced him, that would be very upsetting to me if I
were Badlands and considering which contest I was going to next. It is a
slap in the face and not nice. I have read all the comments posted here
and many are perceptive of what the real reasons probably are. I am also
aware of the discussion as to whether this is a Hall of Fame or Wall of
Fame and I don't know the real answer. All I know is that when the
Brooklyn Borough President inducted us in a special ceremony, it did not
feel like it was going to be something that would be taken down in just
3.5 years from that date. It honestly felt like it was being held out to
be a Hall of Fame and some of the eaters now being put up were left off at
the time as they were not around at the beginning. I respect Nathan's and
they provided some very nice memories for me. It just would have been nice
if some other compromise could have respected the older eaters taken down.
Some ideas that come to mind are increasing the size of the billboard to
accommodate the old and new or a twin billboard there is plenty of brick
wall space left on the side of the building. Or a "walk of fame" with
stars, like the one in Hollywood. I know that would be a considerable
expense, but it could be weighed against the extra business it would bring
to Nathan's in Coney Island if it were successfully marketed as a tourist
destination or tourist stop. Or perhaps an inside could help pay for it.
In the end I understand the real purpose of the Nathan's contest, it is
all about marketing. I always knew that and was happy to be a part of the
hype and excitement. I just think this whole situation could have been
handled better, even if they were taking it down, as they did, without
replacing anything somewhere else. From a PR standpoint, it was not
handled nicely. I am not angry, I am not upset, I am not obsessing over
it. Just upset that my daughter, Rachel, will never get to see it as I got
no advance notice. Sure she did get to see it a few times when she was
much younger, but now at 2, she can talk and is very perceptive about the
world around her and could appreciate it. That is what is most upsetting
about this whole situation.
On The Horizon
of the World”. It has been a quiet few months for the hugest eater on the
planet. But I can say it has been a real productive time in my life. Some
have said that ED COOKIE JARVIS will hang up the spoon, but I say not yet.
I have hired a world class personal trainer who is one of the top kick
boxers in the world to bring me back to my fighting shape of the past.
meeting with my personal trainer two days a week and going to the gym 3-4
days on my own .This is the first step to getting into the best shape of
my life so I can enjoy many days to come with my wife and two gorgeous
children. My daughter Amanda will be 6 years on March 20, 2006. My son Max
who is now 3 is known to some as the cheerios champ.
In the next
few months I will be taking a time-out from competitive eating to set up a
new business called “Impact Media Consulting, Ltd.”. During this time my
partners and I will be hiring many sales personnel to help fulfill our
dreams of starting a business from scratch and watching it grow into a
mega advertising agency. We also hope to change the lives of our sales
people so they can achieve their dreams as well. This new business will
be very successful. With hard work and some determination COOKIE JARVIS
will become famous for something else in addition to competitive eating
and real estate with Re/Max.
In the next
few months I will be trying to get in the best shape of my life, to get
back in the winners circle again at one of our many I.F.O.C.E events. If
not maybe I’ll just retire as the champ that I already am. It’s been a
great ride and there will be many charity events thrown that I will be
involved in such as a celebrity judge for a cookie baking contest for the
Sunrise Fund. Many people have been calling me to find out if the
great COOKIE JARVIS will be competing for a spot in the Nathan's famous
hot dogs competition this year. Sadly I will not be competing in this
year’s event. There is just too much on my plate at this time. So to my
fellow eaters, be happy I will not be competing against you this year at
Nathan's. I'll be watching in the distance to see some of the new blood
have the fun that I had when I first helped USA break the 30 1/2 hot dogs
record. I ask my fellow eaters to train hard to bring the belt back to the
the web site for updates! This month I'll be adding an area for pictures
of my weight loss as I excel to become smaller in size and more fortuitous
than ever at the table of life. Also I will be adding a picture of my new
house as it makes progress from foundation to completion.
the support for the next few months while I get back to being the “Beast
from the East.”
PS . To the
once great eater the “Great Z”, after last years nonsense you pulled just
getting in the finals in a spot you did not deserve while screwing 3 guys
out that deserved it more, do every one a favor an stay home!
Saying Goodbye to Nathan's
all you eating fans out there! It's the beginning of a new year and it
looks to be bigger and better than ever. There’s a bigger & better contest
on the horizon and it seems they’re new eaters coming out of the wood
work. Through my many entries in a multitude of eating contests I have
discovered a large number of new faces among the crowd. This means that Ed
"'Cookie" Jarvis just has to work a little harder to stay on top of the
game and ahead of the crowd.
seems that this sport has become like every other sport out there. Today
the athletes have to compete to stay at a higher level and train harder to
post bigger counts in order to push the limits and increase their internal
fortitude. You need to push harder in order to not become extinct and fade
away into a memory!
Starting February 2, 2006 I will be changing my eating habits an putting
myself on a strict routine in order to loose weight so I may be in the best shape
ever. I'm going to be 40 years old on May 9, 2006 an I realized while I
was on line at “The Biggest Loser” that the only thing that was keeping
me from losing the weight was myself. It’s time for me to show some self
discipline by eating better.
going to compete in a limited number of contests such as the ones that you
can't say no like the contests on ESPN. I will probably not be competing
at Nathan’s Famous this year even though I would love to be involved. It
is time to let some of the new guys take a beating by Kobiashi. It seems
to be impossible but maybe the Jaws of Joe Chestnut or Sonya will be able
to get within striking distance. The number of eaters and the challenge is
greater then ever but it's come time for me to retire from Nathan’s
people have said they were disappointed by the wing bowl antics with
eliminating all of the previous eaters to let some new eaters in. That’s
just another way for them to manipulate this contest. If they think next
year they’re going to invite us back the have something else coming. I
will not be retuning to the Wing Bowl ever again. It's been a fun contest
if you want to get full beers thrown at you at 6:00 AM in the morning.
This contest was destined to take the heat of the Eagles or the Flyers.
Thanks to the Steelers there's some hope in the area. This contest does
have the best “Wingets” on the planet that’s what the people are there to
see because there's going to be the weakest bunch of eaters that the
contest has ever seen. Thank god for Richard Lafever & Joe Chestnut. This
CONTEST IS AS REAL AS THE WWE it’s more like a show that’s manipulated by
a bunch of radio host so the can feel the power of manipulation. The funny
part is it’s just a show say's Angelo & Al.
be just a show to them, but not the eaters it means more to us. Thank you
Wing Bowl for banning me from the the only thing I’m going to miss my
rest of the year seems to be a mystery because I've been so busy billing a
new house in St. James. I've also been setting up a new business and it’s
consumed every waking minute of my time. If it wasn't for the fans I might
have to retire entirely. As time goes on I will be adding footage and
photos of the progress I make with my weight loss.
P.S. Sorry for waiting so long to
write an article, I’ll be quicker in the future
Thank you for being such huge fans
and keep eating!
Hi there eating fans! These last few months have
sure been exciting and the next few months to come should be more
exciting than ever. We will see more installments of the new contests
such as the Grilled Cheese eating contest from GoldenPalace.com and
favorites such as the Krystal Burger and Buffalo Wing Festival. Who
would of thought that there would be a day where there were five
contests in one single day? Competitive eating has sure come a long
On another note it looks like there will be a changing of the guards
of the top ten. This month Richard LeFevere has more losses as well as
Sonya Thomas gaining in the ranks proving herself as a worthy veteran
coming within 12 hot dogs of Koby at the Nathan’s contest and a two
pound difference in the Alka-Seltzer U.S. Open. She has also taken
Joey Chestnut by one half bratwurst and has eaten one more grilled
cheese up against Richard LeFevere. It makes it seem that every pro
must take a break or you will eventually fall at the table.
With the second half of 2005 there are definitely big things to come!
“Cookie” Jarvis is back in the game and I plan to stay within the top
5 eaters in the world. There are going to be many great matches in the
next few months and many of the greats such as Don Lerman are trying
to loose weight to get back into champion shape. We’ve seen the
new bread like Tim Janus also known as “Eater X” stumble lately to show
he is and will always be only human. We have also seen my protégé
Allen Goldstein fall into many upsets lately, but don’t despair as he
has the heart of a lion and he will be back at upcoming events such as
cannolis, cheesecake and more.
I’d like to give a big shout out and congratulations to my friend
Charles Hardy who recently retired from the NYPD to become the
commissioner of the IFOCE. I’d also like to thank my fans who have
made my involvement in competitive eating a fun one. I enjoy receiving
your fan mail and will be posting them on my website soon. Through the
ups and downs, the wins and the losses, I know and want to thank my
close friends, my fellow competitive eaters for being there with and
being great friends. But friendship aside before my retirement I plan
to show the world that the big man can still pull of an upset or a
victory and get back on top. I will always remain focused on my goal.
Make sure to check back often for updates at
P.S. - Cookie Jarvis will eat his
way back to the top of the IFOCE circuit!
Huge hello to all my eating fans. I hope you have been enjoying my all
new “HugeEaters.com” and all the great interactive videos and photos.
My site will continuously have new items each month so check back
do have some news for my fans. I will not be competing in this years
“Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Competition” I always said there would
come a time where I would pick my battles and this is one of them. I
have already put some great moments behind me as I beat another
American great “Eric Booker” 30.5 to 29.5 to become the American hot
dog eating champ. This in mind we all know the world champion title is
not reachable until Kobiashi retires from the contest. There is a big
spread between my record of 30.5 and Kobiashi’s 53 hot dogs and buns.
I do although welcome my fellow American’s to go for the American
championship in my absence. Until then we can only hope that Nathan’s
will put a cap on how many wins one competitor can have. We can all
agree after a while with no new winners it does seem to get slightly
boring, case in point 75 episodes of “Ken Jennings” on Jeopardy.
the meantime I have started my own contest. I am on a long journey of
self betterment as I am setting my goal on the hardest contest of them
all. I plan to loose 160 pounds and become just a little less “huge” I
will be posting photos of my progress on the website soon. So far I
have shed 43 pounds to date.
a final note I have to say that I totally disagree with the recent
quote of Gersh Kuntzman who thinks that the Americans only being able
to eat 27-30 hotdogs is a disgrace. First of all I say to him if he
can do better lets us see him do it. And second if Japan's Kobiashi
was not in the contest 27-30 hotdogs would be the winning number!
And Gersh's comments are not only a smack in the face to our fellow
Americans it's a disgrace to his readers as well.
So I’ll be routing for my good friends Don “Moses” Lerman,
Allen Goldstein, Eric Booker, Tim Janice and a few new comers that
you’ll be hearing about soon.
On a wintry Sunday afternoon in 1997, Elyse Smolin attended a Super
Bowl Party thrown by the Tall Club of Suffolk County New York. Also in
attendance was a young, six foot six Edward Cookie Jarvis.
At halftime, having already laid waste to the bounty of big game
treats on the Tall Club’s buffet table, Cookie decided to work a
little rap on the ladies in the room. “Problem was,” said Cookie in a
recent phone call, “Elyse was the only pretty one there so I kinda had
to wait my turn.”
With 3:27 left in the third quarter, Curtis Martin ran for a touchdown
and Cookie cut toward Elyse.
“I wasn’t sure at first,” recalls Elyse. “He was a bit older, and
seemed a little too determined, but I gave him my phone number
One year later the two unsuspecting Super Bowl viewers were wed. They
settled in a nice home to start their life together and build a little
family. Weekends meant time alone as a couple: morning coffee and
pastry, home improvements, video rentals, dinners out.
One day Elyse’s father called to tell Cookie about a Matzo Ball eating
competition he’d read about in the local paper. Cookie entered without
hesitation. With support from family and friends, and a healthy
serving of natural ability, Cookie made it to the finals.
After matzo balls, came pomme frites. After pomme frites, came ice
cream. After ice cream, hot dogs. And so on. That first year was an
exciting time for Elyse, she created signs and banners and cheered
Cookie to title after title. She stood proudly by as her husband
accepted the 2001 IFOCE Rookie of the Year Award. She became an
But the life of an eater’s wife can be tough at times. Elyse used to
travel with Cookie to certain events, now with two young kids at home
it is hard to get away. So while Cookie is off on IFOCE journeys,
enjoying airline peanuts and hotel mints, Elyse is nurturing her
beautiful young children.
“Cookie is a realtor, I’m a realist,” said Elyse. “The past year or
so, with the rise of Sonya Thomas, has been trying. We both like
Sonya, and in the beginning it was kind of cool to see a fellow woman
beat all the men, but my heart is with Eddie.”
Despite the increased competition, Elyse reports that Cookie still
rolls out of bed each morning with a fire in his belly. “He is not
winning as much right now, but he still walks tall and confident like
he did at that first Super Bowl party. I know I will see more
victories embroidered into that coat of his.”
Seems Cookie’s biggest victory of all can’t be embroidered into a
coat. She’s sitting right there at home.
ruffles her feathers
By Michael Klein
Sonya Thomas, the championship eater who lost the recent Wing Bowl by
a mere wing in a dramatic overtime finish, is crying foul. Bill "El
Wingador" Simmons wrested back the eating title from her on Feb. 4 and
now she has issues with the judging. She says she may not return next
year if organizer WIP-AM (610) doesn't change a rule.
Ooh, a game of chicken! Herein lies the flap: Chicken wings eaten at
Wing Bowl count only if judges decide that enough meat and skin have
been stripped from the bones. Thomas thinks this counting method - in
place since the first Wing Bowl in 1993 - is too subjective. It's a
frequent bone of contention; when Simmons lost the title to Thomas in
2004, he complained he wasn't credited with enough wings.
Thomas wants Wing Bowl to follow guidelines set by the International
Federation of Competitive Eating, which sanctioned Wing Bowl this
year. In its other "detritus" contests, such as lobster- and
rib-eating, it calculates the weight of food consumed. The 99-pound
Thomas, whom the IFOCE ranks No. 2 in the world, holds a bellyful of
records, including one for eating 5.09 pounds of wings at another
festival in the fall. "I know how many I ate [at Wing Bowl] by how
many I left on my plate," she told The Inquirer's Julie Stoiber. "The
result came out - it was wrong."
Going into overtime, Thomas and Simmons were tied at 147. At the end,
she had four left from a plate of 20, giving her a total of 163 - one
more than Simmons. She was credited with 161. "I don't know why they
did it," Thomas said. "My Wingette [the scantily clad assistant] told
me, 'Sonya, you're ahead. You ate more than he did.' Something's
wrong. If they don't change it somehow, I'm not going to go back."
Simmons, a five-time winner who insists he's now retired, scoffed at
Thomas' performance. "She has to clean them a little better," he said.
"Mine were spotless... . She just can't take a loss." He said he'd be
"fine" with weighing wings, but likened it to putting "computers
behind home plate." (Simmons alsosaid he plans to write his memoirs
with Gloucester County Times columnist Bob Shryock.)
Morning-show host Angelo Cataldi, noting that he's heard sour grapes
from losers almost every year, said he and fellow organizers will
reevaluate several points, including counting vs. weighing.
The main challenge, he added, is managing the crowds at the free
spectacle - as in, "How we can fill the building so it's not going to
be an insane situation?" Ticketing might be the answer.
|Hello eating fans!
I had a great time at the wing bowl and it felt good to be in the top
3 knowing that it could have gone either way. The Wing Bowl XIII is a
very tough contest because it is up to a judge where the other IFOCE
contests are based on weights. I'm looking forward to return next year
at the Wing Bowl XIV. It was a very close contest and coming in third
among 29 competitors is a great feat indeed and is quite respectable.
It feels good to be back in the game. I am
looking forward to locking horns with some of the greats in Venice
Beach, California. For those who stay out till 3:30 AM and expect to
win or place the real professionals stay in bed the night before the
event and rest. Some of the eaters think that it is fun to go to new
places but I'm having fun trying to make a buck to support my crazy
On another note this Wednesday marks 8 years
since my first date with my wife.
The Fall of Honor
opinion I find it very interesting how Sonya “The Black Widow”
Thomas thinks that she is not getting enough money for winning first
place in the burger contest last weekend. I began my run in
competitive eating four years ago when large monetary prizes were
almost unheard of. If there was a large prize it was $1,000 for
first place and that was it.
competitive eating has spawned contests where the winnings total
$10,000 or more split among the winners. This allows the contestants
who may not have won first place to walk away with a few bucks for
their hard work as they wait to battle another day for the top
some of us that complain second place is not big enough when only
recently they have come in second and the prize was more than that
of a first place prize a year prior. Then there are also contestants
who feel that their time is more valuable than that of the other
entrants. There are also contestants that complain that they only
received two hours of sleep because they gambled all night won a
large amount of money and then watched it all go away without a care
in the world.
competitive eater cares first about the sport. A true competitive
eater is honest to their fans. In the world of competitive eating
you either win, loose or draw. If all else fails you will come back
another day to battle again!
time I looked I only lost by two wings in overtime which comes out
to be no more than one ounce of chicken off the bone. The “Black
Widow” has another thing coming if she thinks she will remain one of the
largest and most recognized eaters in the circuit. The “Black Widow”
is not unstoppable, she is only human. There is a day for every
competitive eater to show their true colors. There will be many more
battles to come. I “Cookie” Jarvis will break your rein. I will show
you my venom the next time we meet! In the eternal words of the
Governor of California, “I’ll be back”.