NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A Florida man, who prior to Sunday, never had an oyster nor competed in any eating competition won the Acme Oyster House World Oyster Eating Championship at the 2018 New Orleans Oyster Festival. Darron Breeden of Orange, Fla. downed 40 dozen oysters in eight minutes to take home the 2018 crown. Finishing in second place was 2017 champion Michelle Lesco of Tuscon, Arizona. She consumed 27 dozen oysters to finish in the Top 3 for the fourth-consecutive year. Adrian "The Rabbit" Morgan of New Orleans came in third place for the second-consecutive year. Morgan, who won the contest in 2016, ate 26 dozen oysters.
In the P&J Oyster Shucking Contest it was a local who finished on top. Jay Galette of Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar in New Orleans shucked 21 oysters in two minutes setting a new record, topping the previous record of 20. It was Galette's second time winning the competition in the last three years. Duke Landry of Duke Landry Seafood in Watson shucked 18 oysters, good enough for second place, while 2017 champion Brian Clark of The Oyster Troff in Eustis, Fla. finished third, shucking 17 oysters.
Terry's Oysters of Port Sulphur, won the largest oyster contest submitting an oyster weighing 3.22 pounds, setting a new record for largest in festival history.