Gersois Bernard Lasbats won "world championship duck breast eaters" in Saramon, Gers (Gers), on Tuesday. He ate 930 grams of duck in just five minutes. "Preparation is not required in my home!" It's natural. I travel there as a tourist and we play the match," explained the sixty-something after he won his eleventh title.
The "world championship", which was established in 1982 and saw 13 participants, takes place on Tuesday. However, it has not been possible to hold the event since 2019, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. After Bernard Leasbats' coronation, he rejoiced, "After two years Covid, all these festivities have to be restarted".
Marjorie Loraschi is president of Saramon festival committee. "It was very difficult (to get so many duck Breasts) this year with bird flu," she says. She says, "We looked at several places, had contracts, and people were affected. We even came to the conclusion that we weren't going to keep this day."
Bernard Lasbats's health situation did not prevent him from a new success. He shared his trophy with the dean of competition, 97 year old, who was a strong performer with 350g of food swallowed. This type of competition has a long history, with winners ranging from blood sausages to spaghetti and duck hearts.