Frozen yogurt flows at Forever Yogurt's anniversary party

Kasayat Shokundi, left, laughs while trying to eat 11 ounces of frozen yogurt faster than her competitors, Mykel Andrews, Nnaeto Emethede and Maya Drayton. The contest was part of the fifth anniversary celebration of Forever Yogurt in the Cherry Hills shopping center. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)
  Kasayat Shokundi, left, tries to eat 11 ounces
of frozen yogurt faster than her competitors, 
Mykel Andrews, Nnaeto Emethede
and Maya Drayton at Forever Yogurt's
anniversary celebration.

(Photos by Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)
 

Four contestants were given a time limit of 20 minutes to consume 11 ounces of frozen yogurt on Saturday, Aug. 10, during Forever Yogurt's five-year anniversary celebration. 

They didn't need that long.

Three of the four had clean plates in about a minute. 

Nicole Cornelius with Forever Yogurt co-owner Josette Fourte. Cornelius was the first up for the "Spin to Win" game and was rewarded with free yogurt for a year. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)
  Nicole Cornelius with Forever
  Yogurt co-owner Josette Fourte.
  Cornelius was the first up for
  the "Spin to Win" game and
  was rewarded with free yogurt
  for a year.

 

There was a tie for first place in the contest. Maya Drayton of Hazel Crest and Nnaeto Emethede of Flossmoor each finished their yogurt in 54 seconds. 

At stake was a coupon for free yogurt for a year. 

Competitors were selected in a drawing from customers who applied to participate in the contest. The other competitors were Kasayat Shokundi of Matteson and Mykel Andrews of Hazel Crest.

Josette Fourte, who owns Forever Yogurt in Cherry Creek Plaza with her husband, Kevin, admitted she was being a bit cautious with the amount of yogurt in the first eating contest sponsored by the shop. 

"Maybe next year I'll give you all a tub," she joked as the contestants winced from the "brain freeze" effect of eating the frozen treat in such a short time.

From left, Jaida Fourte, her dad, Kevin Fourte, Homewood Mayor Richard Hofeld and Josette Fourte. Josette and Kevin Fourte are owners of Forever Yogurt in Homewood. (Provided photo)
  From left, Jaida Fourte, her
  dad, Kevin Fourte, Homewood
  Mayor Richard Hofeld and
  Josette Fourte.
 (Provided photo)
 

Andrews surmised that flavor choice might be key to being competitive. His daughter, Maya, had urged him to choose chocolate, which has a smooth consistency, and he said next year that might be his choice if he gets back in the contest.

Drayton and Emethede were not the only customers who left the party with a year's worth of free yogurt coming to them. A number of participants in the "spin to win" activity also hit the yogurt jackpot, including the first spinner, Nicole Cornelius of Chicago Heights.

By the end of the celebration at the Homewood store, 22 people had won free yogurt for a year, Fourte said. The winners were all ages, including eight children.

"The event was great!" Fourte said. "I didn’t know what to expect with the yogurt eating contest, as we have never done anything like that before. It was truly fun to watch the contestants because they were hilarious."

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