PARK CITY -- The last of the dogmen was Kevin "The King" Cochran.

Cochran nipped six other contestants champing at the bit for gastronomical supremacy, when he wolfed down six hot dogs and buns in six minutes to win the first sanctioned Utah Hot Dog Eating Contest here Sunday at The Club on Main Street."Eat your hearts out," Cochran howled in conquest, accepting a handsome plastic trophy emblematic of digestive dominance.

Recalling he once had come in second in a third-grade watermelon eating contest, Cochran said, "I just wish the guy who beat me could be here to see me now. This kind of justifies my life up to this point."

The contest was held in conjunction with the release of "Red, White and Yellow," a documentary (some would say dogumentary) showing at the Slamdunk Film Festival.

The film recounts the heroic efforts of Ed "The Animal" Krachie, a 6-foot-7-inch, 390-pound mechanical engineer from Maspeth, Queens, N.Y., to regain the world hot dog eating championship.

Hirofumi Nakajima, a 5-foot-6-inch, 136-pounder from Japan, shocked the dog-eat-dog world of competitive eating when he posted an incredible 23 1/4-dog night to upset Krachie in the 1998 world eat-off at Nathan's Famous Hot Dog stand on Coney Island.

"Krachie had put on 30 pounds. He was in top shape. It was an astounding upset," said Marshall Dostal who co-produced "Red White and Yellow" with Mark Littman, a fellow New Yorker.

The world eating competition is not just a dog-and-pony show type of event.

"This is about one man's attempt to be the best at what he does -- and to recapture America's honor with an American institution, the hot dog," Littman said.

You'll have to catch the Slam Dunk flick to discover whether "The Animal" regains global gastrointestinal glory.

Even though none of the Park City contestants was on a world-record pace to threaten Nakajima or the Maspeth Monster, they attacked the contest with gusto.

Littman, in his role as official judge and commissioner, made certain the contest was kosher, explaining the rules.

"Don't get sick. Don't throw up," Littman said.

Willy "Many" Jones had trouble following that rule. He stuffed down five quick dogs in the first three minutes.

"That's it," Jones said, stifling a quiet urp. "I'm not goin' for no more."

Reminded "The King" Cochran was only on his fourth dog and one more might put him over the top, Jones wasn't biting.

"He can have the trophy. I don't feel so good," Jones said.

Kelly "Bottomless Pit" Albiston, said he was hot for the dogs. He was having trouble overcoming his upbringing.

"Mom always taught us to eat slow," he said.

Terry Lawton, bartender at The Club, exhorted competitors with helpful comments.

"Excuse me," she shouted. "Does anyone have any Grey Poupon?"

Contestant row seemed too full of the moment to notice.

Jones' five dogs were good for second place. He was followed by Joanna "The Jaw" Lamb, Jim "The Stomach" Stevens, Louise "Down Em" Leathan, Steven "The Gobbler" Fred and Carol "Chomp Em" Albiston, Kelly's wife.

Putting the canines and molars to work with dogged determination down the stretch, Cochran could not be denied.

He was the pick of the munching litter.

Conceding defeat, "The Gobbler" tossed the remains of half a dog in the trash.

"I'm sick of lookin' at these things," he said.

It was the kind of meal where nobody asked for a doggy bag.