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A salad eating competition between a woman and a large rabbit has been cancelled because of the pandemic.
The showdown between competitive eater Raina Huang, 27, and Honey 'Mega' Bunny, age unknown, was due to take place tomorrow at Chop Stop salad restaurant in Glendale, California.
However, organisers were forced to pull the plug when the human competitor "fell ill and tested positive for Covid 19."
Huang had her sights set on eating a world record four pounds of salad at the event, organisers said.
They added that the eyebrow-raising event will be rescheduled, but no date was suggested in a "media alert" they released.
"Chop Stop event postponed cuz I'm not feeling good enough for a eating contest yet," China-born Huang posted on her Instagram story yesterday.
In plugging the event, Chop Stop stated that the rabbit was said to have mocked Huang, saying she "doesn’t know the first thing about salad eating, and should stick to hotdogs."
Huang said that Honey is an "over-hyped good luck charm" who she’s going to reduce to "rabbit stew," Chop Stop said in an Instagram post.
On Friday, the news that Huang would have to drop out was shared.
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"Competitive eater Raina Huang, who recently returned from a tour of the East Coast, has fallen ill and tested positive for Covid. So the Chop Stop Salad Eating Contest scheduled for Jan. 11 has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a future date. We wish Raina a speedy recovery," it said.
"How convenient when you don't want to face the champ," one Twitter user responded to the news. "Hope she's feeling ok! I would love to see this event when it's rescheduled," added another person.
Huang was previously branded a 'dirty, lying wh***' by a Colorado pizzeria owner who claimed that she was trying to scam his business.
In June last year, Los Angeles-based Huang went to StevO's Pizza n Ribs in Aurora to take on the OMG 28'' pizza challenge, which requires participants to eat the pizza within an hour with no breaks for a $100 prize.
But surveillance footage obtained by ABC 7 Denver captured restaurant owner Steve Wieand turning Huang away after she asked to record herself eating, allegedly because he took umbrage to her being a 'professional food competitor'.
"I'm not a professional eater because I'm not part of the professional eating league, and I don't compete the Nathan's Hot Dog (Eating Contest)," Huang told ABC 7 Denver.
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