When the referee called time Friday afternoon outside the new Stuffed restaurant, Shelley Morris had probably never looked less dignified in front of students.
The assistant principal of activities at Huntington Beach High School had sour cream smeared across her face, dotted with stray bits of lettuce. Her hands were similarly caked as the remains of a nearly finished burrito lay haphazardly on the plate in front of her.
But thanks to her voracious appetite, her school was now richer.
Morris had conquered Edison High School Principal D'Liese Melendrez in the downtown Huntington Beach restaurant's burrito-eating contest, which it hosted as part of its grand opening celebration. The two women were each given a large burrito packed with meat, cheese, vegetables, rice and sour cream. Each was given five minutes to eat as much as possible.
The prize: $500 for the school, not to mention school pride, as students from both campuses crowded the outdoor patio by Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway to cheer on their administrators.