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Spelling Bee winner eats his winning word for the 1st time: K-n-a-i-d-e-l, knaidel

Posted at 7:03 PM, Jun 03, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-03 19:03:21-04

He was able to spell the soup without ever trying it — so Monday he went to the famous Carnegie Deli to get a taste of victory.

The National Spelling Bee champ and New York native has come home to Queens, fresh off the victory.

13-year-old Arvind Mahankali won the contest when he was able to spell the word “knaidel.”

So what is a teenager to do after he wins $30 thousand?

Have some free knaidel, of course!

The young winner is actually a vegetarian so the deli had to make a special batch of the soup just for him.