If there was any doubt about the heart and hunger of champions, the ice cream eating team of Tim Mullin, Jeremy Potts and Theresa Wieke left absolutely none as the kings and queen of cool treats rolled to a second consecutive Brown Cow Ice Cream title Monday night.
Known as Cak Cak Cak for their rapid fire, gluttonous approach to consuming 21 scoops, the three Oak Park teenagers demolished 7 pounds of ice cream and the competition in a record-setting time of 5 minutes and 10 seconds.
“We were glad the event was held outside this year compared to last year where it was held inside and very cramped,” Mullin said. “Our two goals this year were not to let anyone beat our time from last year and also for us to break 10 minutes. I had no idea we were going to be able to eat the ice cream that fast.”
In last year’s competition the trio posted a time of 10 minutes 13 seconds.
“You could say we are retired now,” Mullin said.
Like John Elway and Michael Jordan capturing championship glory, Cak Cak Cak will be immortalized in the memories of the 150-plus spectators at the spirited event. Another team photo will hang on The Brown Cow Ice Cream Parlor wall.
“We were all kind of nervous coming into the event because Potts and I didn’t feel very well and Tim has been out in Montana like only eating tuna out of a can,” said Wieke, who is ironically lactose intolerant. “Once we were here, we saw everybody and that pumped us up. We just did our thing-Cak Cak Cak.”
While it’s indisputable the champs emeritus melted away any title aspirations from their ice cream eating colleagues, all the participants had a great time, ate plenty of ice cream and limited any concerns of the dreaded brain freeze by drinking warm water as they ate.
“We had a great time and the crowd was phenomenal,” Colin Petranu said. “Cak Cak Cak are unreal eaters. We tackled the trough and had fun which is the main thing.”
Petranu, who attends Loyola University and is from Forest Park, helped the Chocolate Chip Cookie Brothers finish in second place with an impressive time of 8 minutes and 3 seconds. Each team is served 7 pounds of ice cream.
Red Rhino, Ramrod, Humanity, Osmotic D, The Triumvirate and Trough Tamers rounded out the eight-team adult field. In the children’s ice cream eating contest, which required eating 2.5 pounds of ice cream, Team Pig won the event.
“The event was more dynamic this year because we moved it outdoors so it really allowed spectators to watch the contest,” Connie Brown, who co-owns The Brown Cow with her husband Matt Brown, said. “The trough eating contest was actually an idea of one of our employees.”