Larose claims world record for largest pot of gumbo

Published: Nov. 8, 2015 at 5:54 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 8, 2015 at 12:39 PM CST
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Source: Kevin Frey/WAFB
Source: Kevin Frey/WAFB
Source: Kevin Frey/WAFB
Source: Kevin Frey/WAFB

LAROSE, LA (WAFB) - The Louisiana community of Larose broke the world record Saturday for the largest pot of gumbo.

Combining shrimp, crab meat, sausage, and more than two tons of roux, they created 5,800 lbs. of gumbo. They even had to create a special pot to hold all of the gumbo.

"We've got not just the largest but also the best," Vic Lafont said.

Before Saturday, the record was unofficially held by the community of Tuscaloosa, which set a record two years ago with around 3,000 lbs. of the seafood concoction.

Many of the hundreds people in attendance were happy to bring the title to Louisiana, especially on the day of the Alabama-LSU game.

"That's where it should have been in the first place," Dennis Landry said.

Representatives from Guinness World Record certified that the pot was indeed the largest.

Besides the gumbo pot, they also had a potato salad competition and watched college football on a big screen.

"It's a giant tailgate party," Lafont said.

The event also included a gumbo eating contest. Contestants from across the country participated, including an LSU grad from the Baton Rouge area.

"I'm just trying to stay at ease, keep my body relaxed for it to stretch for all the gumbo," said Adrian Morgan, who graduated from LSU in 2005.

The world's top-ranked female competitive eater, Miki Sudo from Las Vegas, had never competed in Louisiana before.

"This is all a new experience for me," she said. "This is my first time eating authentic gumbo."

Ultimately, Morgan came in third place after downing just over 11 bowls of gumbo. Sudo came in second.

The top prize was claimed by Joey Chestnut, who ate 15 bowls of the gumbo. Chestnut is known for his numerous victories at the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating contest at Coney Island held on Independence Day.

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