Dromore man Colin Shirlow has launched the search for a protégé as the World Oyster Eating Champion celebrates the tenth anniversary of his Guinness World Record achievement of eating 233 oysters in three minutes.
Still undefeated, Colin, now aged 59, has learned that his unique oyster-eating technique is being studied by some of the world’s top competitive eaters to help them improve their own performance and he is hoping to share this technique with an aspiring future king or queen of oyster-eating.
“I had never eaten oysters before I undertook my first challenge at the Hillsborough International Oyster Festival back in 2005,” said Colin.
“So this year, to coincide with the tenth anniversary of my Guinness World Record, I am keen to find someone who, just like me, doesn’t yet know that they have what it takes to be the next World Oyster Eating Champion.”
One of the world’s top competitive eaters, who has closely studied Colin’s technique is FoodChallenges.com owner, Randy Santel.
Randy commented, “The World Oyster Eating Championship has been of great interest to me and I’ve watched all of the videos on YouTube and have used Colin’s techniques in every oyster eating contest I’ve done. Everyone in the USA does. He is absolutely flawless and unstoppable.”
In recent years Colin has been challenged by some of the best competitive eaters in the world, including Matt Stonie, Sonya ‘The Black Widow’ Thomas, Miki Sudo, and Bob Shoudt, none of whom have managed to get near Colin’s world title.
Randy explained, “Most competitive eaters in the USA specialise in quantity and speed with large items such as hot dogs, pizza, and burgers. Speed eating oysters is an entirely different ballgame and one for which Colin has developed a truly unique technique.”
Colin added, “I hadn’t really thought of my technique as being truly unique and I take this as a real compliment. I am very chuffed that my technique is something which is helping to inspire professional competitive eaters and I wonder if my former boxing career has helped in the development of this?”
The World Oyster Eating Championship is a key feature of the Hillsborough International Oyster Festival, which is being held from September 1-6.
If you are interested in learning from global oyster icon, Colin Shirlow, please contact the event organisers on WOEC@hillsboroughoysterfestival.com