Image: Pete Czerwinski
James Carbone  /  Newsday
Pete Czerwinski, left, receives congratulations from George Van Laar of Van's Deli after winning the National Latke Eating Competition in Lake Grove, N.Y., on Sunday.
updated 12/22/2008 3:52:25 PM ET 2008-12-22T20:52:25

That's a lot of latkes. A 23-year-old mechanical engineering student has downed 46 of the potato pancakes in eight minutes to win a contest at a Long Island deli.

Pete Czerwinski said he'd never eaten a latke before consuming about seven pounds of them Sunday at Zan's in Lake Grove. The Toronto bodybuilder said he's just "a power eater" whose brain never signals that he's full.

Czerwinski demolished the contest's previous record of 31 latkes, set in 2006, said Association of Independent Competitive Eaters Chairman Arnie Chapman.

Brooklyn college student Will Millender took second place Sunday with 29 latkes.

The pancakes are a traditional treat for Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights. It started Sunday evening.

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