(PHOTOS) – Waffle House holds waffle eating contest

Posted by Decaturish.com September 10, 2016

By Jonathan Phillips, contributor 

Waffle House in the south is a rite of passage. I’m not sure if I know of a single person who has not visited the bright yellow and brown facade that entices you to have an order of scattered, smothered and covered hash browns or a big plate of breakfast or, as their name suggests, a waffle as big as a plate. Friday evening the WaHo off Decatur Square had customers put their money where there mouth was, so to speak, as contestants took to the high counter for a waffle eating contest. Three rounds of hungry waffle lovers ate as many waffles as possible in five minute rounds with a ten minute championship round to follow. Only one could be crowned victorious and this year it was Jason McLin.

Michael Williams lays batter in eight waffle irons at a time as he preps for the waffle eating contest at the Waffle House off of Decatur Square on Friday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Michael Williams lays batter in eight waffle irons at a time as he preps for the waffle eating contest at the Waffle House off of Decatur Square on Friday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Demetriis Hicks (right) shoves a quarter waffle into his mouth as the waffle eating contest gets underway at the Waffle House off of Decatur Square on Friday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Demetriis Hicks (right) shoves a quarter waffle into his mouth as the waffle eating contest gets underway at the Waffle House off of Decatur Square on Friday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Martize Smith (left) takes the slow and steady approach to the waffle eating contest at the Waffle House off of Decatur Square on Friday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Martize Smith (left) takes the slow and steady approach to the waffle eating contest at the Waffle House off of Decatur Square on Friday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Six contestants participate in the first round of the waffle eating contest at the Waffle House off of Decatur Square on Friday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Six contestants participate in the first round of the waffle eating contest at the Waffle House off of Decatur Square on Friday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Jonah Wildgoose makes a move to tie Jason McLin during the first round of the waffle eating contest at the Waffle House off of Decatur Square on Friday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Jonah Wildgoose makes a move to tie Jason McLin during the first round of the waffle eating contest at the Waffle House off of Decatur Square on Friday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Steve Schultz (right) shoves a whole waffle into his mouth to gain an early lead during the waffle eating contest at the Waffle House in Decatur on Friday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Steve Schultz (right) shoves a whole waffle into his mouth to gain an early lead during the waffle eating contest at the Waffle House in Decatur on Friday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Sam Cooper opts for the fork approach during the waffle eating contest at the Waffle House off of Decatur Square on Friday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Sam Cooper opts for the fork approach during the waffle eating contest at the Waffle House off of Decatur Square on Friday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Jeremy Slaughter (right) taps out as Cole Baker continues to eat during the waffle eating contest at the Waffle House off of Decatur Square on Friday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Jeremy Slaughter (right) taps out as Cole Baker continues to eat during the waffle eating contest at the Waffle House off of Decatur Square on Friday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Jacob Poe shoves a waffle into his mouth as the final seconds of the third round tick down during the waffle eating contest at the Waffle House off of Decatur Square on Friday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Jacob Poe shoves a waffle into his mouth as the final seconds of the third round tick down during the waffle eating contest at the Waffle House off of Decatur Square on Friday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Micaiah Leslie (right) is ready to replenish contestants with a plate of fresh waffles during the waffle eating contest at the Waffle House off of Decatur Square on Friday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Micaiah Leslie (right) is ready to replenish contestants with a plate of fresh waffles during the waffle eating contest at the Waffle House off of Decatur Square on Friday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Andre Carter leans over a waffle as he stuffs it in his mouth during the waffle eating contest at the Waffle House off of Decatur Square on Friday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Andre Carter leans over a waffle as he stuffs it in his mouth during the waffle eating contest at the Waffle House off of Decatur Square on Friday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Andre Carter leans over a waffle as he stuffs it in his mouth during the waffle eating contest at the Waffle House off of Decatur Square on Friday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Andre Carter leans over a waffle as he stuffs it in his mouth during the waffle eating contest at the Waffle House off of Decatur Square on Friday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

The trophy and crown are up for grabs during the waffle eating contest at the Waffle House off of Decatur Square on Friday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

The trophy and crown are up for grabs during the waffle eating contest at the Waffle House off of Decatur Square on Friday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Steve Schultz, Jacob Poe, Jonah Wildgoose and Jason McLin compete in the championship round of the waffle eating contest at the Waffle House in Decatur on Friday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Steve Schultz, Jacob Poe, Jonah Wildgoose and Jason McLin compete in the championship round of the waffle eating contest at the Waffle House in Decatur on Friday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Contestants eat as many waffles as they can in five minute rounds at the Waffle House off of Decatur Square on Friday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Contestants eat as many waffles as they can in five minute rounds at the Waffle House off of Decatur Square on Friday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Steve Schultz (center) shoves a whole waffle into his mouth as he tries to make a move to take over the lead during the championship round of the waffle eating contest at the Waffle House in Decatur on Friday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Steve Schultz (center) shoves a whole waffle into his mouth as he tries to make a move to take over the lead during the championship round of the waffle eating contest at the Waffle House in Decatur on Friday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Jonah Wildgoose (center) glances over at Jason McLin as he shoves a waffle into his mouth during the championship round of the waffle eating contest at the Waffle House off of Decatur Square on Friday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Jonah Wildgoose (center) glances over at Jason McLin as he shoves a waffle into his mouth during the championship round of the waffle eating contest at the Waffle House off of Decatur Square on Friday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Victorious, Jason McLin puts his hand in the air after winning the championship round of the waffle eating contest at the Waffle House off of Decatur Square on Friday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Victorious, Jason McLin puts his hand in the air after winning the championship round of the waffle eating contest at the Waffle House off of Decatur Square on Friday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Jason McLin is congratulated after winning the waffle eating contest at the Waffle House in Decatur on Friday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Jason McLin is congratulated after winning the waffle eating contest at the Waffle House in Decatur on Friday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

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