The weiners and champion

DeShawn “Whip Dog” Whipple, the 2012 American Coney Island champion, with Grace Keros, former Detroit Piston Rick Mahorn, Danny Keros and “Coney Detroit” co-author Katherine Yung.

The winner in American Coney Island’s coney eating contest on Sept. 5 was a 32-year-old from Detroit.

The American Coney crew gets the dogs ready for the big chowdown.

He gobbled up a little more than 10 coneys in 10 minutes.

Whipple entered last year’s contest, but this was his first win.

He won a year’s worth of free coneys from American, dinner at the downtown restaurant Roast and a gift certificate at the Detroit Shoppes at the Somerset Collection.

Do you want fries with those?

His technique, he said he tried not to eat too fast and to pace himself.

“Coney Detroit” co-author Katherine Yung was a celebrity judge and helped make sure that everything was honest and fair.

The contest was a benefit for the Keros Family Scholarship Fund for culinary students at the Golightly Career and Technical Center in Detroit. Several students helped with the contest and some alums came out to show support.

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