The first Nathan's qualifier of 2018 has been announced: April 14 in Fort Myers, FL. Registration will open February 1.
News UK Archives has an article about a 1846 eating contest held in Ballybrannon, Ireland. The crowd size was reportedly 3000.
In the latest episode of Practitioners TV, John "Oink Oink" Bradley attempts the Great Steak Challenge at Steak & Main in North East, MD.
Elena Semikhova has a picture of a burger at a Krasnodar restaurant that is billed as the tallest burger in Russia.
Sarah "Unstoppable Bab" Reinecke announces she won a mashed potato eating contest after running in the Green Lake Gobble road race in Seattle dressed as an inflatable pumpkin.
Darron Breeden has uploaded a video of his attempt with Dan Kennedy at the 25 pound Belly Buster burger at Denny's Beer Barrel Pub in Clearfield, PA.
Kevin "LA Beast" Strahle will attempt 6 consecutive eating records in an upcoming episode of Beyond the Record, a facebook video series about Guiness World Record holders.
Daily Sabah has a report on a tomato eating contest between Russian and Turkish female farmers to celebrate the resumption of Turkish tomato imports by Russia. Ela Karakaya of Turkey won ate 1.6 kg of tomatoes in 3 minutes to win the contest. The imports were stopped in 2016 to punish Turkey for shooting down a Russian aircraft near the Syria border.
A 2 day old Daily Mail Facebook video about Molly Schuyler eating two 72 ounce steak challenges at the Big Texan in Amarillo, TX in under 15 minutes has surpassed a million views. (The name or date is not given).
The Brazilian youtube channel Corbucci Eats has surpassed 100,000 subscribers, probably making it the first Portuguese language competitive eating youtube channel to reach that milestone.
In his latest column for CultureMap, Ken Hoffman (who has served as a judge at the Nathan's Finals) has an interview with Joey Chestnut about the difficulty of obtaining restaurant-style Nathan's Famous hot dogs for training sessions. The sausages sold in supermarkets typically lack the "natural casing" consisting of segments of small instestines from sheep.
The Daily Mail has a writeup of Nela Zisser's appearance yesterday on the Australian Morning Show.
The Culture Trip has a profile of Yasir Salem which labels him the world’s top ultra-endurance competitive eater. The article tells how his competitive eating career started after his wife Gweneviere Mann underwent surgery to remove a brain tumor.
Mashable has a post and video about stretchable pants produced by Stove Top Stuffing intended for big meals like Thanksgiving.
The team of Darron Breeden and Dan "Killer" Kennedy failed to finish the 15 pound Beer Barrel Belly Buster Challenge at Denny's Beer Barrel in Clearfield, PA on Saturday after one of the pair reversed trying to eat the giant burger.
The first MLE contest of 2018 has been listed: El Croquetazo At Calle Ocho Presented By Catalina in Miami on March 11. Registration will open January 8.
Molly Schuyler has uploaded a video of her attempt at the 32 inch Big Don pizza challenge with Tony Mitchell at Mama Mia's in Rockford, IL to win a prize of $500.
Dave Brunelli won the first prize of $300 in Saturday's Taco Takedown at Legends Ale House in Succasunna, NJ.
Sports Business Journal has an article about Carmen Cincotti.
Metro.us has an article about Breandan "Skin & Bones" Lyman, who finished 5th in the 2016 Wing Bowl, competing in Sunday's Philadelphia Marathon. With a time of 2:36 in last year's marathon, he is probably the fastest competitive eater/runner.
Jennifer Martin ate 5 pounds of pho in 10 minutes to win an eating contest held at MOFU Shoppe Raleigh, NC on Saturday.
NorwegianFolkTales.blogspot.com has a story about a boy named Askeladden who faces off against a forest troll in a porridge eating contest. (via Simon)
Newtown Bee has a report on the "Celebration of Kindness and day of remembrance" held in Newtown, CT on October 27 to honor Caitlin Nelson, who passed away after choking in a pancake eating contest held at Sacred Heart University in March.
Radim Dvořáček finished the 7 pound Big ol’ Belly Buster Burger Challenge at Man vs Food in London in 27:45 to win £250.
The Automatic in Cambridge, MA will hold a dumpling eating contest on November 12 awarding $500 to the winner.
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