MOSCOW, April 22 (RIA Novosti)
- Russian caviar goes back on the European menu after nine years
- Putin Set to Tackle Caviar Poaching
- Police in Kamchatka seize poached caviar worth about $1 million
- Argentina to produce Russian black caviar, sturgeon
The first ever black caviar speed eating championship was organized in Moscow over the weekend, the RBK TV online resource said.
"I once saw a report on how they made big chocolate truffles in Georgia and organized an eating competition. I remembered foggy Albion where they compete in nettle speed eating contests and hamburger [speed eating contests] in America. I thought, why shouldn't we do our own, Russian competition? So it happened," organizer Alexander Novikov said.
Hundreds of guests attended the competition held at a ritzy restaurant in downtown Moscow. Twelve contestants were chosen by a lottery. They were to consume half a kilogram of the luxurious delicacy costing tens of thousands of dollars as quickly as possible. The entire contest reportedly cost organizers 2 million rubles ($70,000).
The winner, who identified himself as Alexander Valov, 49, conquered his rivals by devouring his half-kilogram in one minute and 26 seconds. As a prize, he got 10,000 rubles ($340) and more caviar to take home.
Organizers offered each competitor half a kilogram of black caviar as a prize for participation.
Russia resumed its official exports of sturgeon caviar to the European Union in February 2011, after a nine-year ban introduced in 2002.
Add to blog
You may place this material on your blog by copying the link.
Image Galleries: Classic Car Rally in St. Petersburg
Infographics: Global Warming: Predicting Future Disasters
Cartoons: Polar Explorer Day
The growing outright rivalry between the United States and China gives Russia more foreign policy weight, enabling it to assume the role of a balancer. So far it has been doing so rather skillfully. Today it may participate in a joint naval exercise with China that Beijing positions as outwardly anti-American. But tomorrow it can team up with the naval forces of the Old World.