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Friday, May 09, 2008


Eating Champion Consumes Massive Meal in Record Time at Inaugural Andy’s Big 'A' Champion Crowned

Greenville, N.C. --- Five minutes and 15 seconds, that’s all it took for Connecticut resident Joe “The Gentleman” Menchetti to consume an Andy’s 50 ounce burger, fries and drink in the inaugural Andy’s Big “A” Challenge. Held recently in Greenville, North Carolina, Andy’s invited 10 Finalist who had the best qualifying times for eating the massive meal to compete to see who could consume the meal the fastest in an inaugural eating challenge.

Known state wide for their famous Cheeseburgers, Andy’s created the eating challenge as a way for their clients to have a little fun. Customers at any Andy’s location can take the challenge and if they can finish the meal in 30 minutes, it’s free. Word of the competition spread and Andy’s had people travel from all over the Southeast to attempt to qualify for one of the 10 finalists spots. Menchetti drove down from Connecticut prior to the finals to qualify and then back again for the big day. For his efforts, Menchetti took home $1,000 for first place.

“We have people come in and take the challenge all the time,” stated Kenny Moore President of Andy’s Burgers, Shakes & Fries. “We thought it would be fun to get the people together that have done it the fastest and really see how quickly someone could eat the meal. It was a lot of fun and we look forward to doing it again next year.”

When asked about the drive Menchetti stated, “It was well worth the trip, I’m thrilled to be the First Andy’s Big A Champion.” Although he is not a professional, Menchetti does consider himself an avid weekend participant in eating contests of all kind. He has participated in various contests across the country and gained the nick name “Gentleman” for always wearing his signature tuxedo and top hat at competitions.

Finishing just behind Menchetti was Lumberton resident Joshua Currier who completed the challenge in five minutes and 45 seconds and won $500 for his efforts. Shayne Katrigis of Charleston, S.C. was the third place winner who went home with $250 after a seven minute 58 second finishing time.

To learn more about Andy’s Burgers, Shakes & Fries or to watch a video of the Big “A” Challenge visit www.andycheesesteaks.com.

About Andy’s Burgers Shakes & Fries
Andy’s offers a unique dining experience where customers enjoy fresh-cooked, quality food in a casual 50’s style diner setting. Since Founder Kenny Moore opened the doors to the first Andy’s location in Goldsboro in 1991, the old fashioned Cheeseburger chain has grown to over 110 locations across North Carolina by providing outstanding food and first class customer service. For more information about Andy’s, please visit www.andyscheesesteaks.com or call 919.635.0902.

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