Lonely Planet Writer

UK crowns corn-on-the-cob champ but fails to beat world record

Corn-on-the-cob-consuming contestants have failed to break the sweetcorn eating world record despite their “valiant efforts” in the UK championships.

Scott Powell, 28, from Castleford, West Yorkshire, the winner of the UK Sweetcorn Eating Championships 2015 held at York Maze, Yorkshire.
Scott Powell, 28, from Castleford, West Yorkshire, the winner of the UK Sweetcorn Eating Championships 2015 held at York Maze, Yorkshire. Image by Kippa Matthews/PA Wire

Scott Powell, 28, from Castleford, West Yorkshire, was crowned corn-eating champion after finishing 10 cobs in 12 minutes at the event at York Maze.

But he could not beat the world record of 46 ears of corn set by American Jammin’ Joe LaRue in 2010.

Mr Powell, who won a trophy and £100, said: “I’m delighted to win but after that I don’t think I’ll be eating corn-on-the-cob for a while.

“To be honest I prefer sweetcorn, I find corn on the cob gets stuck in your teeth. However I may well enter again next year.”

Competitors in the UK Sweetcorn Eating Championships 2015 held at York Maze, Yorkshire.
Competitors in the UK Sweetcorn Eating Championships 2015 held at York Maze, Yorkshire. Image by Kippa Matthews/PA Wire

Tom Pearcy, owner of York Maze, added: “We saw some impressive corn action with a variety of techniques on display.

“However, despite some valiant efforts, it appears there was no danger of the world record being broken. American Jammin’ Joe LaRue’s record of 46 ears of corn set in 2010 still stands.”

The 15-acre York Maze, in North Yorkshire, is the UK’s biggest maze made from maize – or corn – plants.

This year’s design is a giant Thunderbird 2 in tribute to the 50th anniversary of the popular children’s television programme.

(Press Association)