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Macon Telegraph | 10/06/2006 | Not exactly 'fast' food
Tony Tabler of Cochran and Jason Jennette of Macon also were in the competition and managed to swallow twice as many as I did.I considered it an honor to compete against Jason, a computer instructor at Middle Georgia Technical College in Warner Robins.Although Jason had never entered a Krystal eating competition, he knows more about eating them than anyone I know.This year, he was inducted into the Krystal Lover's Hall of Fame in Chattanooga.His face was on Krystal boxes and plastic cups in the Middle Georgia area.Thursday was no different for Jason than any other.He has eaten Krystals every Thursday (except Thanksgiving) for the past 16 years.Jason did give me some good advice, although I really didn't follow his directions.He told me to dunk each Krystal in my cup of water to "get the air out of the bun."That's a special technique used by the competitive eaters.
Macon Telegraph | 05/05/2006 | Thursdays with cheeseburgers and fries
Jason Jennette has eaten at Krystal every Thursday for the past 16 years.He doesn't always order the same thing.After all, variety is the spicy mustard of life.He sometimes gets the Krystal Chik or the Chili Pup.Other times, he sticks to his favorite - the No. 1 combo with four Krystal cheeseburgers.Rain. Sleet.Flat tires.Twisted ankles.Dog bites.The bubonic plague.None of it can stop him from his appointment.Krystal is open every day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas.It's only a minor inconvenience that Thanksgiving always falls on a Thursday."I just go on the Wednesday night before," said Jason.He orders a sackful to go.He has his own secret recipe for Thanksgiving dressing.Of course, the main ingredient is Krystal hamburgers.Two weeks ago, Jason was inducted into the "Krystal Lovers Hall of Fame."He was selected from thousands of entries.He is inductee No. 22, joining fellow Maconite Johnny Solomon III, who was in the inaugural Krystal class last October.Solomon has eaten at least one meal at Krystal every day for the past five years.Like Solomon, Jason's devotion to the Southern fast-food icon has been rewarded.His likeness is now on Krystal boxes.Soon, he's going to find himself on a plastic cup, too.It's not exactly a Wheaties box, but Jason still calls it his "15 minutes of fame."That's also about how long it takes to devour a half-dozen "gutbombs," as the small, square hamburgers are sometimes affectionately called.Jason is 36 years old and teaches computer classes at Middle Georgia Technical College in Warner Robins.He's an avid hockey fan and did radio color commentary for the Macon Trax for two seasons.His friends call him the "Krystal Kid.""I nominated myself, and I had my doubts about winning," he said.Jason isn't one of those guys who eats out all the time.In fact, he claims to be a pretty good cook.He makes a mean cheesecake.However, he usually eats out at lunch.He visited Krystal's corporate headquarters in Chattanooga, Tenn., last week, and he's trying to persuade them to open a restaurant in the South Houston Lake road area of Warner Robins.You can read all about Jason's experiences at his blog, www.krystaladventure.blogspot.com.They now live in Swansboro, N.C., but Jason admittedly doesn't get home to visit much.There's at least one good reason."The nearest Krystal is three hours away," he said.
Photos from 2005 Lighthouse Institute
Jason Jennette, and President Ivan Allen.