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Competitive Eating star Bob Shoudt, Major League Eating’s 5th ranked eater, is off to Nashville this weekend where he’ll attempt to qualify for the 2006 Krystal Square Off World Hamburger Eating Championship. Most fans believe he’ll easily achieve his goal and be a force in Chatty come October.

Despite being the patriarch of a strict vegetarian household, Shoudt is among the finest meat eaters on the planet. He has impressed in hot dogs, meatballs, bratwurst and cappicola. What’s more, he placed an impressive 4th in the 2005 KSO with 51 Krystals in eight minutes.

Shoudt will actually eat twice this weekend, first in a two-minute Krystal event on Saturday and then in the eight-minute official qualifier on Sunday. Sources say Shoudt may do “well north of 60 Krystals on Sunday” and could possibly “beat Joey’s two-minute mark” of 28.

“Bob can put up some big numbers in the Krystal discipline,” said fellow eater Crazy Legs Conti, who declined to comment on the 28-in-2. "I’ve learned to never discount Joey, it’d be like betting against the Patriots with Tom Brady starting the season ... at home.”

As for Shoudt, an Eagles fan who lives in suburban Philadelphia, he’s just excited to be competing in Nashville for the first time, and he is looking forward to the visit.

“I’m not much into purified country,” said Shoudt. “I prefer Waylon bootlegs to Tim McGraw studio stuff so I am interested in getting under the skin of Nashville and finding out what it is that drives the songwriters away.”