How fast can you shuck? World oyster shucking champion, Belgian Xavier Caille, recently popped 30 succulent bivalves open in two minutes, twenty-five seconds, or 4.8 seconds each. Of course, if you can't shuck 'em you can still join 'em.
Oyster and seafood festivals kick into high gear this season, and in addition to great eats there's always high drama at the shucking competitions where speed must be matched with perfectionism. Cut an oyster or leave grit in the shell and penalties will ruin a quick time.
Shells are sure to fly when the pros take the stage at these events, armed with custom made knives, to compete for glory -- and cash. Three, two, one: Shuck!