2013 Hooters Wing Finals

update July 26 Bay News 9 has an article and behind the scenes video

TampaBay.com has an article about cooking the wings

Veggie Powered has a video of the entire contest

MyFoxTampaBay has a interview with Miki Sudo recorded before the contest billing her as the Rookie of the Year.

WTSP has a gallery

Results | Part 2 | Part 3
1) Joey Chestnut 179 wings
2) Miki Sudo 155
3) Adrian Morgan 149
4) Michelle Lesco 131
5) Sonya Thomas 128
6) Sean Gordon 113
7) Marcos Owens 109
8) Juliet Lee 108
9) Brian Subich 85
10) Erik Denmark 82
11T) Eric Badlands Booker 78
11T) Damien Boykin 78
13) Bam Martinez 72
14) Jon Bello 68
15) Neil Sebree 60
16) Alex Perez 49

Joey Chestnut has defended his title with a total of 179 wings

8:03 The contest has finished

7:52 The contest has started

Comments (81)


  1. Blizzz said (Registered July 16, 2008)

    July 25, 2013 @ 8:57 pm

    Looks like Sonya has lost her touch but that’s one hell of a career she had!

  2. Anonymous said

    July 25, 2013 @ 9:11 pm

    all these numbers are lower than the qualifiers what happened… but congrats to everyone

  3. Anonymous said

    July 25, 2013 @ 9:21 pm

    For some reason or other Sonya does not do well at Hooters. Juliet is better than that too. Does each eater at Hooters watch their food being weighed? If so no one can complain. If not why not and that is a problem.

  4. anonymous said

    July 25, 2013 @ 9:21 pm

    If Booker tied with Boykin its time for him to call it a career also

  5. Anonymous said

    July 25, 2013 @ 9:26 pm

    Way to go flash, who ever doubted he deserved to be in this one?

  6. anonymous said

    July 25, 2013 @ 9:29 pm

    Sean Gordon did deserve to be there.

  7. Anonymous said

    July 25, 2013 @ 9:35 pm

    7 of the 1st 8 finishers are female? How can that be

  8. anonymous said

    July 25, 2013 @ 9:59 pm

    Subich, Denmark & Booker should be ashamed of those numbers.

  9. Gavonne's Hernia said

    July 25, 2013 @ 10:37 pm

    Aaaaaaahhhhhhhh Go Joey.

  10. Locust said

    July 25, 2013 @ 10:47 pm

    Isn’t it obvious why the numbers were so low? It’s exactly what I expected!

  11. Molly Schuyler said

    July 25, 2013 @ 11:28 pm

    Yay !! You did awesome Miki!! Love you girl!!! <3

  12. anonymous said

    July 26, 2013 @ 12:04 am

    959 all three should retire

  13. Troll said

    July 26, 2013 @ 1:13 am

    No two hooters wings are the same.

  14. Observer said

    July 26, 2013 @ 5:05 am

    Joey was just being Joey.

    Adrian Michelle and Flash were great.

    Miki Sudo is the best thing since the remote control bomb!

  15. anonymous said

    July 26, 2013 @ 9:58 am

    Nice job Partybot

  16. Anonymous said

    July 26, 2013 @ 10:46 am

    Locust, do not understand what you wrote. Could you explain?

  17. Locust said

    July 26, 2013 @ 2:12 pm

    I meant that it would be extremely difficult to put up high numbers (unless you’re Joey) when you only have one bowl to eat from during the contest. I also knew the wings would be smaller, with less meat, than ones used in at least one other qualifier. This results in too much precious time spent trying to get what little meat is left on the bones.

  18. Locust said

    July 26, 2013 @ 2:39 pm

    The placings would probably have been the same for the top 3 eaters no matter what. Joey has proven several times that he is the best wing eater in the world. However, Miki and Adrian can only get better with more experience. Only the great Kobiyashi can match the start Miki has gotten off to in the history of competitive eating and the sky’s the limit for her.

  19. TOP 10 said

    July 26, 2013 @ 4:52 pm

    Who is everyones current top 10

    1. Joey
    2. Matt
    3. Mikki
    4. Eater X
    5. Shoudt
    6. Adrian the rabbit
    7 Juliet Lee
    8. Sonya Thompson
    9. Cardboard
    10. Ostoff / Butler / Gordon – tough one

  20. anonymous said

    July 26, 2013 @ 4:53 pm

    Partybot has no words for 11:13?

  21. TOP 10 said

    July 26, 2013 @ 4:53 pm

    * Sonya 7 / Juliet 8

  22. anonymous said

    July 26, 2013 @ 6:24 pm

    Party bot you will need a toupee pretty soon

  23. PartyBot said

    July 26, 2013 @ 6:53 pm

    Did I miss something?

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

    July 29, 2013 @ 2:00 pm

    A bit late but here’s our report: http://www.therakeandherald.tv/society/societystory.php?id=260

    Includes exclusive quotes from Miki Sudo; Michelle ‘Cardboard Shell’ Lesco; Sean ‘Flash’ Gordon; Marcos ‘the Monster’ Owens; ‘Big’ Brian Subich; and Jon ‘Bastos’ Bello.

  25. anonymous said

    July 29, 2013 @ 2:18 pm

    Lots of politics involved. Select eaters got select calls . That’s about all i have to say

  26. Smells From Dock Side said

    July 29, 2013 @ 3:29 pm

    Why don’t they list the weights? It is my understanding that one person was responsible for all the weighing and posting the totals and that eaters were not involved in the process. By that I mean it appears that the eaters were not allowed to see their own food remnants be weighed. Even if the weighing and calculation of the placings were done legitimately and with honest intentions, it readily invites scepticism. Also, I am sure that no member of M.L.E. is above making mistakes. Who verified the numbers? It’s like the I.F.O.C.E. doesn’t give a damn either. The are the most unprofessionally run organization I can possibly conjecture about, and that is what all this secrecy leads to, conjecture, which smacks of people trying to hide something. This is total Bull Shit!

    Contest after contest after contest these proclaimed professionals either blatantly make mistakes or set themselves up for people to question the totals and they still don’t take any actions to prevent this sort of thing. It’s as if they don’t give a damn, and really, they may not, except for making money themselves. I am not one of the top ranked eaters, but if I was I would feel like I was not responsible for my final placing, that it was beyong my control, much like wing bowl. Major League Eating needs to fold up its tent, get rid of those stupid looking barker hats and go home, but that won’t happen as long as they have suckers who play the fool, yet keep signing the contract.

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

    July 29, 2013 @ 4:17 pm

    That’s a good point about listing the weights, Smells From Dock Side (nice name by the way). Logically, if that is how the amounts are measured then surely they should be announced like that as well. This would also reduce the possibility of human error as it would sidestep the need to subsequently convert the weights into individual chicken wing units. Or am I talking out of my arse? If so, apologies.

  28. Anonymous said

    July 29, 2013 @ 5:20 pm

    The general number that IFOCE has used over the years is half an ounce of meat on a chicken wing. They list the results by wings because it looks more impressive when they say “Joey ate 179 wings” or “Miki ate 155 wings” than “Joey ate 5.59 lbs of wing meat” or “Miki ate 4.85 lbs of wing meat”.

    The trays probably were weighed before and after. Newcomers tend to think that their results will be judged by a count of wings, so they take one bite and toss the rest. When their non-cleaned wings are weighed, and the ounces are multiplied by two to get a wing count, they start whining because their counts are so low.

  29. Troll said

    July 29, 2013 @ 5:51 pm

    I know the formula to figure the weiights.

  30. Pickel Eater said

    July 29, 2013 @ 7:03 pm

    Are all MLE contest manipulated?


  31. Ummm... said

    July 29, 2013 @ 7:12 pm

    Please, we’ve gone over this. MLE is a marketing company. Sponsors of contests want and are paying for exposure.

  32. Anonymous said

    July 29, 2013 @ 7:20 pm

    What the fuck to you want, Troll, a medal? 5:20, that may be so, but there is no proof to validate who ate what, only the “good word”, of the judge. As Dock Side said, if the results are valid, why the secrecy about the weights and calculations? Is this old communism? Dictatorship? WTF?

  33. Alex Jones said

    July 29, 2013 @ 8:32 pm

    Its all a hoax, MLE is a front for the government to lie and deceive. TRUST NOTHING.

  34. anonymous said

    July 29, 2013 @ 9:18 pm

    In response to 329 and 520 there were other MLE closed door scale jobs in the past. .Two in particular come to mind Fairfield CT ribs in 2006 & pork rinds in Nyc the following year. The other point about newbies taking a bite and tossing the rest of the wing in the bucket , might inflate your totals somewhat but you would have to accumulate a lot of half or less than half eaten wings to increase your totals by maybe half a pound . In the long run youre only fooling yourself by not cleaning the wings properly.

  35. ojrifkin said (Registered July 27, 2005)

    July 29, 2013 @ 9:49 pm

    In a weigh based contest, which the Hooters circuit supposedly is, the percent of meat left on the bones should be irrelevant.

  36. PartyBot said

    July 29, 2013 @ 10:09 pm

    Uhhh OJ ,Hooters is in the business of ass and wings, not pounds of chicken.

  37. Anonymous said

    July 29, 2013 @ 10:12 pm

    So the contest is done by weight to be fair and balanced, and the results are given in wings. Why is this succh a problem?

  38. Naader Reda said

    July 29, 2013 @ 10:28 pm

    PartyBot, that’s a great restaurant name. Ass and Wings will be super popular lol.

  39. anonymous said

    July 29, 2013 @ 11:06 pm

    Second restaurant: Tits n Beer

  40. anonymous said

    July 30, 2013 @ 12:23 am

    I dont follow your logjc OJ . Obviously you never competed in a weigh based wing contest before. Try taking one bite of each wing then toss it back in the tray for 10 min. See how far that will get you when they put your tray on the scale

  41. Anonymous said

    July 30, 2013 @ 4:42 am

    UR misinterpreting O.J.’s comment 1223 and O.J. is right. A weight based contest is based on total weight of wing meat eaten and not how much meat is left on each wing. Get a brain and lose the attitude asshole.

  42. Anonymous said

    July 30, 2013 @ 4:44 am

    Third restaraunt: Idiots on Wings.

  43. anonymous said

    July 30, 2013 @ 9:10 am

    442 you are misinterpreting his comment you asshole! Since you are so pro OJ anything disputing his “saintly: remarks is considered insulting in your one track mind. The point i was trying to convey was very simple. In a weight based contest there are some that believe that by taking a few nibbles of each wing instead of cleaning them, will still give them a favorable advantage with the scale if they use that procedure with enough wings. It rarely works to their advantage

  44. Anonymous said

    July 30, 2013 @ 9:55 am

    My point about taking a bite of a wing and tossing it was this: a noob will keep a count of how many wings in their head as to how many wings they bit. After weighing, and multiplying the ounces by two, they are surprised as to how few wings they are credited with. “But I know I ate 100 wings – why is my count only 42?” Because you only ate 21 ounces of wing meat.

  45. anonymous said

    July 30, 2013 @ 10:44 am

    Exactly 955. Wanna get credited for 100 ? Then clean 100 and we have no problem. Nibble on 100 and you might get credited with 30 . Fair enough?

  46. anonymous said

    July 30, 2013 @ 10:47 am

    If you look at videos of Buffalo and Hooters wings are totally different. Joey was able to pull the meat off the bone in one motion with Hooters.but not the case in Buffalo. He still got the job done in Buffalo but it took him a few more seconds to clean each wing

  47. anonymous said

    July 31, 2013 @ 12:37 pm

    Why does Sonya Thomas continue to compete? The writing on the wall is so evident. She will never beat Sudo or even Michelle

  48. Anonymous said

    July 31, 2013 @ 1:44 pm

    I have rarely seen such fickle fans as the commenters on here. Or more negative ones. What is with the sour?

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

    July 31, 2013 @ 2:23 pm

    Well, 12:37, then those two will be most happy. 🙂

  50. anonymous said

    July 31, 2013 @ 2:42 pm

    Really Rhonda, unless Sonya wants to accept the role as pinch hitter or role player like Badlands has done for past 5yrs that about sums it up

  51. anonymous said

    July 31, 2013 @ 2:43 pm

    144 negativity is what its all about

  52. Anonymous said

    July 31, 2013 @ 3:14 pm

    BSBSBSBSBSBS. Yes, that is as stupid as the previous comments which we were promised would not continue. I guess that is BS to infinity. Let’s call a spade a spade and get things out in the open. There are a few competitive eating websites. There is only one which instigates trouble and tries to tear down this one, its posts, and all eaters without exception. Going anonymous or under a different name changes nothing. By any other name it all spells beautiful.

  53. DH said

    July 31, 2013 @ 3:19 pm

    I’ll pinch hit for $20K a year.

  54. Brooklyn All Day said

    July 31, 2013 @ 6:28 pm

    7:03 THANKS FOR THIS LINK http://www.topix.com/forum/dallas/TRQLTRUEC3V6D5DO4

    Rhonda evans is all over that topix post , lmao, saying shit like the CLC video of him cheating is not proof hes a cheat . u can tell this dork is a mle flunky by the glowing pro mle comments they post on topix .”Rhonda lee Evans” is a fool

  55. anonymous said

    July 31, 2013 @ 6:29 pm

    The question isn’t how much longer Sonya will compete. It’s how much longer MLE will pay the salary for Sonya’s second rate talent while Sudo and other, more talented eaters compete without stipend…

  56. Anonymous said

    July 31, 2013 @ 7:20 pm

    Sonya gets paid a salary? Where do you get that information?

  57. Anonymous said

    July 31, 2013 @ 7:31 pm

    That was a fucking year and a half ago. Stop giving her credit!

  58. anonymous said

    July 31, 2013 @ 8:59 pm

    A salary? Tell me you’re bullshitting ? If that was the case I suggest everyone that didn’t get one but deserves one , walk out now .

  59. anonymous said

    July 31, 2013 @ 9:21 pm

    So that explains where joey big yearly salary is coming from? Hes on MLE payroll

  60. anonymous said

    August 1, 2013 @ 3:09 am

    Salaries to select eaters ? I have heard it all

  61. anonymous said

    August 1, 2013 @ 9:08 am

    Expect Sudo to earn a nice salary with MLE very soon if not already

  62. anonymous said

    August 1, 2013 @ 9:28 am

    only people who are miserable and can’t put up decent numbers would complain about eaters earning a salary on top of their contest winnings. these are the same people/person saying the tops eaters should share their money.

  63. King Henry 14th said

    August 1, 2013 @ 9:40 am

    Yes indeed BS BS BS BS BS who is responsible for every single negative comment on this bloody board . Despicable i say . Downright despicable ! Off with his bloody head

  64. anonymous said

    August 1, 2013 @ 10:02 am

    The top eaters should share the wealth now that you mentioned it. The poor unemployed shnooks that scrimped and saved their hard earned money to drive or fly to an event only to get zilch in return. How would YOUUUUUU like it if some arrogant ass is parading around with a simulated cardboard replica of a fat check while others get jack in return?

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

    August 1, 2013 @ 10:13 am

    It’s a shame that select eaters themselves are the last ones to know of their salaried statuses within MLE. Likewise, it must be embarrassing that the IFOCE, itself, isn’t aware that it’s paying salaries to several eaters.

    As such, for the life of me, I cannot understand why all involved parties don’t simply consult the CE giants who post anonymously on this site, whose omniscience in the field of competitive eating is unrivaled.

    I’m in such awe of these CE icons–these front-runners of deep thought–that I’m starting to tear up. I need a Kleenex.

  66. anonymous said

    August 1, 2013 @ 10:27 am

    Ha Ha Ha Rhonda very funny but you know as well as we do that select eaters were told to keep it hush hush about their earned income. Now as far as getting into specifics , we have no proof that they are being paid under the table or on the books. Until we see an actual check made out to the eater on a weekly or bi- weekly basis, then it might be just hogwash to stir the pot

  67. anonymous said

    August 1, 2013 @ 10:36 am

    Salaries ? Whats next?? unlimited expense accounts charged to MLE? Acccchhhhh

  68. anonymous said

    August 1, 2013 @ 1:18 pm

    anonymous 10:02 if that is the way you feel then why do you continue to enter contests when you know you have zero chance of winning, maybe better to start investing you money in something worth while. Not waste you money going from contest to contest only to get whipped by the best in the world and local amateurs alike

  69. IOU said

    August 1, 2013 @ 3:42 pm

    1002 think’s he’s fuckiing owed. How ironic that if other eaters did donate he would be at the end of the list.

  70. anonymous said

    August 1, 2013 @ 4:34 pm

    How dare you make a controversial comment like that 342? I DEMAND to be compensated for . Any issues with that sir?

  71. Cardboard Check said

    August 1, 2013 @ 6:40 pm

    I’m sympathetic to 1002’s situation, and I insist that every contestant’s winnings that I represent be split among all nonwinners. I also think that this clause become part of all M.L.E. contracts, which needs to be enacted immediately, and be retroactive to 2001 or earlier.

  72. anonymous said

    August 1, 2013 @ 7:39 pm

    If you want to get technical , Lets start with Nathans 2001 finals where Moses should get the 3rd place trophy and monetary compensation instead of Charles Hardy.

  73. anonymous said

    August 1, 2013 @ 7:43 pm

    First of all what do we get out of cheering on Shoudt Chestnut Sudo Stonie , Sonya and the others? Shit . I guess we should be thankful that they throw us a smile or a handshake while they hold the big check in their hands. Fuck that ok? Do the right thing and split a portion of the winnings instead of donating to a charity of invisible people. By spreading some (not all ) of the wealth to other unfortunate eaters, they can sleep well knowing they gave to a more than worth charitable cause

  74. anonymous said

    August 1, 2013 @ 7:46 pm

    I don’t understand why the demand to share ones purse is considered outrageous? Didnt Tim Janus ask US Male to split his winnings with some of the eaters that competed in a crawfish contest 4 or 5yrs ago?

  75. 7:43 said

    August 1, 2013 @ 10:07 pm

    Also, I can’t cook for shit, but I regularly eat at famous chefs’ restaurants. I should be getting paid for my dining experience because those fat cat chefs would be nothing without me.

  76. Charity Begins at Home said

    August 2, 2013 @ 6:04 am

    I think it is quite safe to say that for the forseeable future 90 percent of all non qualifying events will be won by Chestnut Stonie and Sudo. Those three should be willing to donate at least 10 percent of their winnings to their family of MLE eaters. This would really help build relationships with their CE brethren. Is this tiny token donation asking too much!

  77. anonymous said

    August 2, 2013 @ 7:35 am

    Selfishness and greed that’t what it boils down to. I can think of one high profile eater that never donated a dime to a charitable organization

  78. anonymous said

    August 2, 2013 @ 7:44 am

    From a personal standpoint Adrian Morgan Aaron A train, Erik the Red , Michelle Lesco Tim Janus and even Beautiful Brian Seiken would be my first 6 choices that would part with a portion of their earnings if asked to do so. They seem to put the term “greed” aside when it comes to giving back

  79. Anonymous said

    August 2, 2013 @ 9:05 am

    MLEATS.com, seems that is what the comments are about or complaints. Some are funny. Most are not, too strange, no info.

  80. anonymous said

    August 2, 2013 @ 9:17 am

    7:44 am really? i think one name on there does not belong with the others

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