The Grilled Cheese Eating Record at Pitt Street Pharmacy has been shattered. Kim Richardson, pharmacist and owner of the Old Village landmark, made the announcement that the record fell last week.
The contest began in August 2008 with Gray Ellington eating eight sandwiches. The rules are simple: devour as many grilled cheese sandwiches within 60 minutes as you can, without getting sick. If you attempt to break the record and fail, you have to pay for the sandwiches eaten.
On June 5, 2010, Tom Ellington (Gray’s older brother) set the record of grilled cheese sandwiches eaten in one hour with an incredible 18 sandwiches.
That record stood for almost three years until this past April 6, when Harlan Pruden, who had come down from New York for the Cooper River Bridge Run, broke Tom’s record by eating 19 sandwiches.
However, on May 30, that record was then shattered by Summerville native, David L. Hester. Cheered on by his brother, Billy Hester and friends Esteban Salazar and Claudiq Salazar, David proceeded to down an amazing 27 grilled cheese sandwiches.
The 20 year old from Summerville was consuming grilled cheeses as quickly as Pitt Street fountain employee Maddy Socia could make them. After downing number 27, and with eight minutes left on the clock, David stared at No. 28 for several minutes before calling it quits.
Richardson declared David the New King of the Grilled Cheese eating contest at Pitt Street Pharmacy, and said that he doubted David’s record would ever be broken.
“He didn’t just break the record, he shattered it by distancing himself eight grilled cheeses ahead of the previous record holder,” Richardson said. “David seemed to consume the sandwiches with ease, not an easy task considering he had eaten 54 slices of bread and 27 slices of cheese. That’s nearly two and one-half loaves of bread alone.”
Since he beat the previous record, he did not have to pay for the 27 sandwiches, and Richardson even treated his friends with their own sandwiches to commemorate the occasion. David will be honored and remembered at the soda fountain pharmacy, as his name will remain atop the leader board until another bold challenger with a big appetite comes along and tries for No. 28.
Kim Richardson is the pharmacist and owner of Pitt Street Pharmacy.