Joey Chestnut wins 2012 Nisei Week gyoza contest

update Aug 23 videos: Kazuyoshi Kinoshita: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
Zeh Heifer: Intro 1 | Intro 2 | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
FototekGuy85: Part 1 | Part 2

Galleries: Contest facebook | Matt Stonie | Juan Rodriguez | Kimihiro-kun

update Aug 19 The contest facebook has full results with full names
The LA Times has a blog entry illustrated with a picture from the 2006 gyoza contest.

update #2 The rest of the results have been added: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

update Naader Reda has the top 5:

1) Joey Chestnut 266
2) Matt Stonie 234
3) Pat Bertoletti 233
4) Adrian Morgan 168
5) Juliet Lee 157
6) Juan Rodriguez 146
7) Michelle Lesco 131
8) Kevin “LA Beast” Strahle 122
9) Steve Hendry 101
10) Dax “The Ginger” Swanson 85
11) Kamiya 65
12) Doug Ecks 64
13T) Mr. Otani 51
13T) Crescenzo Rillo 51
15) Mary Bowers 48
16) Scott Russell 45
17) Alex Piatt 30

3:16 Pacific The contest is underway

Rafu Shimpo article about the contest.
Mary Bowers appeared on KTLA to promote the contest. (via EatMoreGyoza)
Matt Stonie gyoza training videos: video 1 | video 2

Comments (35)


  1. Anonymous said

    August 18, 2012 @ 7:23 pm

    Matt’s training really paid off. He gets better and better. Watch out Joey C. though not in hotdogs, I imagine. Joey has practiced so much with hotdogs that his body must be one big nitrate. Still, it doesn’t mean that Matt, who clearly has natural talent, cannot catch him. Pat is amazing too and Adrian as well. Greaet to see everyone’s numbers and so many participants. Must have been a fun event.

  2. Anonymous said

    August 18, 2012 @ 9:38 pm

    stonie will never catch joey. he is giving it his absolute best and it still isn’t enough to come close. if he ever came in close range of joey, then joey would obviou
    sly step up his game and do even better, because joey’s natural talent is even more natural.

  3. Jamie Mcdonald said (Registered May 7, 2012)

    August 18, 2012 @ 10:11 pm

    Great job everyone

  4. Matt Cohen said (Registered April 12, 2010)

    August 18, 2012 @ 11:03 pm

    crazy field, awesome numbers, congrats to all!

  5. anonymous said

    August 19, 2012 @ 1:49 am

    Dale Boone would have blown all of them out. He ate 280 Russian dumplings in 2002

  6. Anonymous said

    August 19, 2012 @ 10:14 am

    Juliet Lee doesn’t receive nearly enough recognition. She is amazing!

  7. Anonymous said

    August 19, 2012 @ 11:03 am

    Joey Chestnut will not allow another eater to surpass him. Nobody at this contest is his equal.

  8. juanmorebite82 said (Registered July 12, 2011)

    August 19, 2012 @ 11:24 am

    Boone is washed up, thats y he eats in India. When he actually does eat here, he gets his ass handed to him by the likes of Gilbert, Torres, Furious Pete, & McDonald. He would’ve tapped out of this contest 5min into it. At this point, he is all show, no go

  9. Anonymous said

    August 19, 2012 @ 11:30 am

    Juan must be pretty doggone good to have finished in front of Michelle Lesco. She’s talented!!! Congratualations to Juan.

  10. anonymous said

    August 19, 2012 @ 11:34 am

    Another lackluster performance from LA Beast. He should stick to acting

  11. big seiken fan said

    August 19, 2012 @ 5:11 pm

    Now if Seiken was there a video of the contest would have been up and running on youtube hours ago. Hey they dont want to fly him out or give him a room? Fuck em Fuck em Fuck em

  12. Ignatius Rake said (Registered August 6, 2012)

    August 19, 2012 @ 5:36 pm

    Sorry for the delay but here’s the Rake & Herald’s report on the gyoza guzzling contest:

  13. Anonymous said

    August 19, 2012 @ 5:57 pm

    LA Beast is all show no go as of late. Brian Seiken could work on helping this youngster be a better ce

  14. anonymous said

    August 20, 2012 @ 12:03 am

    If you are wondering why LA Beast has not yet responded he is still in the middle of having sex . Let the poor guy be for god sake.

  15. Anonymous said

    August 20, 2012 @ 7:14 am

    1203 awe that is sweet but if they are together Seiken should be concentrating on teaching him about eating not making love.

  16. Another one said

    August 20, 2012 @ 9:01 am

    with too much self-publicity and too little real ability.

  17. Anonymous said

    August 20, 2012 @ 10:05 am

    Seiken or LABeast?

  18. anonymous said

    August 20, 2012 @ 10:13 am

    I think the man is a legend . Anyone that puts on 72 tea shirts and sacrifices one of his toes just to get attention is my kind of guy

  19. Nice numbers... but said

    August 20, 2012 @ 12:37 pm

    Minus Stonie topping Pat and Joey setting a new record by 2, Last years numbers were a lot closer, mainly in the 4th through 7th places.

    2012 vs 2011

    1st) Joey Chestnut 266 -vs- Pat 264
    2nd) Stonie 234 -vs- Stonie 213
    3rd) Pat 233 -vs- Sonya 209
    4th) Adrian 168 -vs- Bob 202
    5th) Juliet 157 -vs- Stephanie 172
    6th) Juan 146 -vs- Gravy 170
    7th) Michelle 131 -vs- Damon 169
    8th) LA Beast 122 -vs- Denmark 129
    9th) Hendry 101 -vs- Michelle 117
    10th) Dax 85 -vs- Yasir 100

    I see Lesco also made progress!

  20. anonymous said

    August 20, 2012 @ 12:58 pm

    Seiken doesnt need self publicity anymore. Everyone knows who he is. Beast on the other hand needs to make a name for himself

  21. Rhonda Evans said (Registered March 6, 2008)

    August 20, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

    Beast is one man who definitely toes the line when it comes to competitive eating, and when asked a CE-related question, rarely does he try to shirt, I mean, skirt, the issue.

  22. Ok guys, seriously said

    August 20, 2012 @ 2:42 pm

    L.A. Beast is a solid competitor. You’re forgetting he’s rookie this year. Ignore the YouTube hype, and evaluate him like you would any other rookie. You wouldn’t be that snarky to anyone else.

    He’s putting up legitimate numbers, and is helping to spread knowledge of competitive eating through his high-view videos. Granted, I find the videos a bit over the top, with the screaming and whatnot, but most publicity is good publicity.

    Give the kid a break. …Plus, he could probably crush you.

  23. Jane Mansfield said

    August 20, 2012 @ 3:08 pm

    Nobody like the Beast. He gets 10+ looking women. Has sex appeal. They run to him and not the other way around. He eats whatever he wants for lunch and dinner. He has it made plus he is good looking and sexy

  24. Larellmarie said (Registered May 9, 2010)

    August 20, 2012 @ 9:14 pm

    Rhonda lol.

  25. L.a. Beast said

    August 21, 2012 @ 1:07 am

    I know where I stand. Juan and Michelle beat my ass because they are both phenomenal eaters. I Havnt been putting in the work like I did for Nathan’s training, and it’s showing. No excuses for me, good job to those who posted great numbers this weekend and I need to step up my game.

  26. Rhonda Evans said (Registered March 6, 2008)

    August 21, 2012 @ 9:10 am

    Kevin you don’t need to defend your performance. I think you did well, even if you think/know you could have done better. You arte better than most on your “bad” days.

  27. Rhonda Evans said (Registered March 6, 2008)

    August 21, 2012 @ 9:32 am

    Glad you enjoy my silliness Larell.

    I guess I’ve been that way all my life, even way back before gravity started becoming a most formidible opponent. :)

    Larell, in all seriousness, MLE is very, very lucky to have you. You are inspirational—-such a positive force in this often vulgar, vain world. You, by default, look for good in people, and that’s admirable. I, too, believe you can ALWAYS find goodness in every person, though oftentimes people choose not to take the effort to look for it.

    I don’t mean to sound condescending, nor am I in a position to do so, but thank you for sharing the Hamburger pics with BB. That warms my heart.

  28. ed charles said

    August 21, 2012 @ 12:47 pm

    I think BB took those pics from Larell without her consent. Rhonda if you weren’t who we think you are , I could swear you were Bea Arthur from Maude

  29. Larellmarie said (Registered May 9, 2010)

    August 21, 2012 @ 3:27 pm

    Rhonda – gosh, darn I’m blushing lolllll. Seriously though, thank you :) I’m not sure what pictures you refer to but I’m certainly happy to share any pix I have posted with anyone who finds them steal-worthy hahaha. I’ve “stolen” pix from BB (and many others) in the past and certainly don’t mind having mine used on his site. And, yes, your silliness often puts a smile on my face :)

  30. Anonymous said

    August 21, 2012 @ 3:48 pm

    It is kind of murky when people take photos from other places. If you are not a big corporation with lots of copyright power, it is possible for people to do the wrong thing. BB often does the wrong thing until someone calls him out on it. He should always ask, out of politeness, for permission to copy and paste. This is simply courtesy. He needs to always give attribution, say where the photos came from because many he has used have strict copyright restrictions. What are people going to do though, sue him. His attitude is get in line. Fine. It is his own reputation which suffers when he does this though he simply does not realize it.

  31. anonymous said

    August 22, 2012 @ 9:18 pm

    Sue him for what?. His website is non profit and when he does borrow photos he almost always credits the original.source he obtained them stop hatin

  32. Anonymous said

    August 23, 2012 @ 11:11 am

    “almost always”…..not hatin, not at all. No one is going to sue anyone because suing only means that lawyers make money and it takes way too much time for likely no money to the person suing. He is not a huge corporation and almost all eaters are non profit though not by first choice. It is just simply a matter of common courtesy to credit and to follow certain procedures. If you do not, well, then you present yourself in a certain way and that is that. If BB wants more readers and more people who stay with him as friends, he can take this into consideration.

  33. beast bull said

    August 23, 2012 @ 12:15 pm

    I hear the Beast is coming out with a new video. In all honesty he is making the video because he is happy he has a new internet girlfriend and is just looking to impress her

  34. Larellmarie said (Registered May 9, 2010)

    August 23, 2012 @ 8:39 pm

    Oh I truly don’t mind when my friends think my pix are copy-worthy :) . Figure they’re sorta public anyhow LOL

  35. beautifulbrian said

    August 24, 2012 @ 11:37 am

    First off you sound like a real douche lecturing me on common courtesy when you yourself show just the opposite by posting under anonymous. The majority of the time i use screen capture from the eaters youtube videos and not actual photos and most of the time i will use common courtesy and credit them as such/ . Its not about bringing more readers to my site but more about promoting that individual because it might be of interest to the established fans of my site

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