You might think you can put away your share of chicken wings, but forget about matching Molly Schuyler.
The former Nebraska resident has pulled off another win at a big-time eating competition.
Schuyler, a competitive eater formerly of Bellevue, chewed through a record 501 chicken wings in 30 minutes on Friday to win her third Wing Bowl in Philadelphia.
She said she felt inspired heading into the competition.
“There was nothing going to stop me,’’ she said.
The annual event drew nearly 20,000 people to the Wells Fargo Center to watch Schuyler top the event’s old record of 444 wings, set in 2015.
Her prizes included a 2018 Hyundai Sonata, $5,000 and a championship ring.
Schuyler, who now lives in California and competes in food contests nationally, gained attention initially by completing Omaha-area food challenges in record times.
In August 2012 Schuyler became the first woman to take down the nearly 5-pound Stellanator, the well-known burger challenge at Stella’s Bar and Grill. A few weeks later she took down Sinful Burger’s “Goliath” Challenge: 5 pounds of food that includes a giant burger and a pound of fries.
The Wing Bowl was started in the 1990s by local sports radio hosts and is usually staged two days before the Super Bowl. It has turned into a boozy spectacle with a parade of flamboyant contestants.
Wing Bowl is usually Philadelphia’s substitute for the Eagles going to the Super Bowl.
But Friday’s competition was an unusual twofer. It was also a rally for the Eagles ahead of their third Super Bowl appearance. On Sunday, the Eagles play the New England Patriots in Minneapolis.
This report includes material from the Associated Press.