Psycho Donuts has a unique Pizza experience, it’s called the Donut Pizza eating contest and it is held in Campbell every year.
Over 40 people witnessed the 4 contestants chow down a 3.5 pound donut pizza within 20 minutes (or whoever finishes the whole thing first), competing for the “fastest donut pizza eater” title.
“We discovered when we started making these donut pizzas that they were just the right size to challenge people. It’s challenging enough for amateur eaters and perhaps even challenging enough for professional eaters too.” said owner Jordan Zweigoron.
The competition wasn’t easy as the flavors were somewhat crazy, having to top the huge donut with crumbled Oreos, graham crackers, S’mores, Captain Crunch, mixed with an extremely opposite taste: bacon cheddar crickets and mealworms.
One of the contestants, Klara Kim is a 28 year old Campbell Librarian who joined because she was inspired by Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas eating pro champ.
“I want to see what my body is capable off,” she said. “And eat 3.5 pounds of donut bliss.”
The 28-year old trained her way out into the contest, using techniques like having one meal a day, drinking a gallon of water and even drinking seltzer water. Though her training was a marathon, she admits that she wasn’t sure if the training did help her.
Another contestant was J.J. Hernandez, a 26-year old accounts payable specialist who ate naturally fast e every day.
“My parents were both in the military, so for some reason I’ve always just eaten really fast,” he said. “I think that’s going to give me an edge.”
His tactic was to starve himself from the night before the competition to create appetite. He finished second overall.
The winner in the competition was Chris Ruddel, a 24-year old grad student who already has an experience in eating competitions, including eating a 5-pound burrito.
“I didn’t really have a strategy going in,” he said after taking the title. “Initially, I wanted to get rid of the toppings first, thinking they weighed the most, but about two thirds of the way through I flipped it over and just ate the bottom part of the donut. In retrospect, I would have done that from the beginning.”
His winning record was finishing half a donut within 20 minutes and received 12 free Psycho donuts as part of his prize, though decided he won’t be seeing any donut pizzas anytime soon.
“I don’t think I’m going to have donuts for awhile.” Said Ruddel.