celebrates after eating 19 cupcakes in five minutes last year in the inaugural Croissants Bistro & Bakery Fourth of July Cupcake Eating Contest.
plans to defend his
crown on Thursday.
Heidi Vukov, owner of Croissants, and Dennis Devorick, the winner of the 2012 inaugural event after consuming 19 cupcakes in five minutes, each offered their ingredients for making this contest a tradition every July.
Devorick, the principal at Carolina Forest Elementary School, and the new pastor at Centenary United Methodist Church in Conway and formerly of Wampee United Methodist Church, reflected on the 2012 event and his plans to compete again this year.
had flown this past week to Columbiana, Ohio, south of Youngstown, to help his
daughter drive down in a truck with her
move to begin her
studies at Horry-Georgetown Technical College
this fall, with a goal of returning to the Grand Strand in time to defend his
Q. | How did your entry into this kind of consumption challenge last year result?
| My sister signed me up.
has seen me at the buffets around here. ...
just signed me up on a whim.
Q. | What, if any, preparations or practice, took place leading up to the contest?
| I didnt really practice, but in a school with 1,000 students, we do get a lot of cupcakes, from lots of birthdays. ...
I like dessert.
Q. | What did the prizes for the title include?
| A lot of gift certificates to all the area attractions ... Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament, the Carolina Opry, Brookgreen Gardens. ...
We got tickets to all to the shows, and gift certificates for restaurants, movie theaters, and Myrtle Beach Zipline Adventures and Free Fall I was ready to have a heart attack, but my daughter did it, and I went first.
Q. | Is there a pace for devouring cupcakes in this fashion?
| I bite the crown of the cupcake first, then the second bite is for the rest of the cupcake.