Molloy Student to Represent School At The New York Best Wings Festival Against Last Year’s Winner Along with Winners of Next Two Rounds at NYIT and SUNY Old Westbury
April, 2016 (Rockville Centre, NY) — The College Wing Eating Championships are underway with a new champ from Molloy College, Anthony Pedraita! Anthony will have to face the previous Molloy Champ- Tom Malinowski, and winners from Suny College at Old Westbury and NYIT at the College Wing Eating Championship Finals later this year at the NY Best Wings Festival! Round 2 for Suny College at Old Westbury is scheduled for May 3rd at 2:30PM as part of the 6th Annual BBQ Throw Down, while Round 3 for NYIT is scheduled for May 5th (Details TBA). The student to eat 12 Buffalo Wings from Wing Zone the fastest, will be declared the winner and represent their school and community at the main event!
Participants competed in a number of heats to determine who could eat their twelve wings in the fastest time for the chance to represent their school in the Championship at the New York Best Wings Festival. Students and spectator sports fans alike helped cheer on the competitors as they devoured the wings in record time, with Molloy Undergrad Anthony Pedriata dominating the competition and winning the coveted first slot for 2016!
With the next two rounds being held at SUNY Old Westbury and NYIT, the question still lingers–just like the taste of each delicious wing–who will be the next champ?!
Here’s how it works: four or more contestants from academic groups, sports teams, clubs and even faculty, staff and administrators line up to eat twelve wings as fast as they can in each round. The winner from each heat who finishes fastest advances to the final round. All participants receive a free Wing Zone T shirt and a gift basket, which includes ten wings and an order of fries!
The person who finishes first in the final round will advance to represent their school at The College Wing Eating Championship at the New York Best Wings Festival later this year! The winner of the final round will also receive a $100 gift certificate to Wing Zone, a special VIP ticket to the NY Best Wings Festival, a first-place trophy for the school to showcase and honor their college champion, bragging rights and an online feature at BestWingsLI.com and NYBestWingsFestival.com!
And with two more rounds to go, it seems things are just heating up! Join students, faculty, and spectators as Round 2 comes to Suny College at Old Westbury Tuesday, May 3rd at 2:30PM as part of the 6th Annual BBQ Throw Down and NYIT- Old Westbury Thursday, May 5th (Details TBA)!
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The Best Wings origin story is beautiful in its simplicity. Matt Kourie and Rob Wittman were on a singular quest and mission, and that was to find the very best wings and to tell the world about those discoveries.
The two launched a wing review website, publishing critiques along with links to local wing eateries and more. They did all of the heavy lifting and, well, heavy eating! For their site, Kourie and Wittman, who got their start as teens working at chicken shacks like Pudgie’s Famous Chicken and Chicken Delight, respectively, sought out the best wing joints on Long Island after band practice and shows. Then extended the search into Brooklyn, Queens and New York City.
They played hard and ate similarly. “Rob and I have been bandmates and musicians for a long time,” Kourie said. “After rehearsals, it was our ritual to go for wings. We were wing lovers and wing nuts, like most people in America.” Wittman furthered, “Wings are fun to eat and there is so much you can do with them in different flavors. They are addictive and crave-worthy. We knew we wanted to find the greatest wings and that it was our journey to find the best wings in New York.”
That palpable passion for wings spilled over into the festival realm, since it was only a matter of time. The pair started small, with their popular seasonal bash, Wings and Beer Fest, which also featured craft breweries, and worked their way up to their first ever New York Best Wings Festival in June of 2015.
The Festival, geared for the entire family to enjoy, featured some of the premier restaurants in the New York Metropolitan Area whose wings have gained acclaim. In addition to wing-eating and other food-oriented competitions, including the College Wing Eating Championships, there were amusements, face-painting, craft brewery tastings, Live music and more, which lead up to the main event- the championship bout, where the Official “JudgeWing” Panel served as seasoned judges. That included Kourie and Wittman along with Matt Reynolds, who is director and star of The Great Chicken Wing Hunt; Ryan Hohman, known as the Ultimate Wingman, Bring the Wing’s Brian Dempsey, FOX News’ Eric Spinato, AAA’s Robert Sinclair, National Wing Hunter Brian Dempsey from BringtheWing.com, Christine Gerani from SpotOn Magazine, and many more!
Kourie has said of the event: “We’re so excited to have brought over 7k wing fans from NYC, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Staten Island, New Jersey, Yonkers, Connecticut, Philly and all over Long Island for the 1st Official Best Wings Championships at The NY Best Wings Festival. It was a coming together of great people of all ages from all walks of life celebrating their love of a good time and the king of the foodie world, chicken wings.”