Restaurant News has the field for Saturday's 55 (ounce burger) challenge at the NC Pickle Festival in Mt. Olive, NC sponsored by Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries: defending champ Molly Schuyler, Joe Menchetti, Dave Brunelli, Dale Boone and amateur Joe Hinstro.


  1. Anonymous said

    April 19, 2016 @ 11:17 am

    most one sided lineup ever. Clearly the world champion of competitive eating will win.

  2. ANONYMOUS said

    April 19, 2016 @ 5:11 pm

    Molly will win. Dave and Joe will take 2nd and 3rd. The good thing about this contest is when Boone cheats and he probably will, Joe and Dave will step up and say something…

  3. Anonymous said

    April 19, 2016 @ 9:13 pm

    who will win, Joe Hinstro or Dale Boone? Im betting on a last place finish for Boone

  4. 360mgd said

    April 20, 2016 @ 12:03 am

    Dale Boone is a pathetic individual. Why in the world would someone drive that many hours knowing he is going to lose? Why do so many eaters in general drive or fly to places just to lose? Is it the “fame”? Maybe. Maybe it’s because they have very little else going on in their lives and this is at least something. However, is it worth choosing competitive eating as that other “something”? Lots of negative effect on the body and personal reputation. It couldn’t have helped Dale in his race for mayor. Conti, Denmark, and Janus seem like nice people but their personal lives are not something to envy. LA Beat is the epitome of this example. At least Seiken has a job. Why choose this activity for the “something”? Why the need for “something” at all? I hope those that are involved in competitive eating realize just what a fluke the entire thing is and enjoy their 10 minutes of fame during a contest and go home to build a satisfying life without the need to make a YouTube channel or work at making a self-promoted name for themselves.

    That being said, if you are one of the four or five in the world who have the gift and grit to stomach this “sport”; go for it. The training and forced vomiting will take its toll, but at least Molly, Pat, Joey, Matt, and Kobi are getting adequately compensated for it. Even then, that is debatable since these individuals have enough charisma, talent, and skills to operate in a normal commercial enterprise that will would reward them financially for doing something else besides eating competitively. View this for what it will always be: a spectacle. The promoters and sponsors will make money based on the free publicity, but the eaters will only make a pittance in comparison even if they win. Don’t be a fool and pursue foolish pursuits. Be yourself and be happy with that. If not, there will always be someone younger than you who will chug more water than you can, vomit it up, and then take you down. The normal period of eating left when Kobi ate 50, now it’s a race to see who can sacrifice the most to “win” the elite contests. May the biggest fool win.


  5. anonymous said

    April 20, 2016 @ 2:43 am

    We need more 1203’s in this world . His comment puts the Rhonda Evans of this site to shame

  6. anonymous said

    April 20, 2016 @ 2:51 am

    Conti is a nice man but god only knows why his main priority in life is to secure a spot at Nathans finals every year knowing he will finish dead last or next to last . Securing a spot at Nathans and getting everyone to come to his after party means more to him than the girl he was supposed to marry

  7. anonymous said

    April 20, 2016 @ 2:55 am

    You hit the nail on the coffin “very little else going on in their lives and this is at least something” Sounds like that twopay wearer in LI

  8. anonymous said

    April 20, 2016 @ 9:31 am

    Nathan’s finals looks like it could be kind of fun and should be experienced at least once by every eater that has been involved with MLE. Unfortunately these are those like that last place soon to be dumped from the rankings loser that couldn’t cut the mustard even back in the day when 10-12 HDB would get you in. So to vent frustration, they rant about traveling to contests on your own dime and getting nothing in return when they would love to that very same thing if it wasn’t for the sheer humiliation of finishing dead last each and every time as well as being ignored by all the other eaters. Luckily , there is penny ante poker to help take the sting out a bit.

  9. anonymous said

    April 20, 2016 @ 2:31 pm

    See thats where you are wrong Goldshit who hides behind anonymous because you been a pussy all your life going way back to grade school. First off if you match the1203 spelling with the person in question whom you seem to have a tremendous hard on for, you failed once again as you have always failed in life. Also the personin question does not care one way or another if he is ranked or unranked. It is YOU and only YOU that seems to be preoccupied and why ? Because your entire reason for living is to hope that the same person in question fires back in rage if by chance he is pulled from the rankings. Think about what a pitiful negative soul you are and think about why you have maybe 3 friends to your arsenal with one being imaginary that owns a boat

  10. anonymous said

    April 20, 2016 @ 2:33 pm

    twopay wearer in LI LMFAAAO . Learn how to spell

  11. anonymous said

    April 20, 2016 @ 2:34 pm

    Just because someone says at least Seiken has a job they automatically assume he posted that comment. That is why you would make one lousy poker player

  12. anonymous said

    April 20, 2016 @ 9:05 pm

    Anyone that wears a wig is a loser. Any one remember a competitive eater dave kondik? He had to have sported the cheapest rug known to mankind.It looked almost as bad as howard cosells plastic special

  13. Char broiled said

    April 21, 2016 @ 12:00 am

    I am proud to admit that i roasted a flame broiled burger from burger king on my burnt scalp oink oink oink. Its good to be gone

  14. Anonymous said

    April 21, 2016 @ 3:27 am

    Does 360mgd have any proof of all this forced vomiting? It is mentioned quite a bit but seems about as substantiated as the PEDs. Hahaha

  15. anonymous said

    April 21, 2016 @ 8:16 am

    Has anyone else seen Smellkin without his wig? I did…….

  16. anonymous said

    April 21, 2016 @ 8:56 am

    i herd smelkin just threw out $450 to play the almighty million at Borgata . 2 or 3 day event . Damn there must be ass odors left and right on those chairs

  17. Anonymous said

    April 21, 2016 @ 10:12 am

    327 if you seriously believe that people dont vomit after water training then you’re probably just a bad eater.

  18. anonymous said

    April 21, 2016 @ 1:36 pm

    Why would anyone want to wear a wig its no fuckin noticeable unless you get transplants where it grows out of your scalp . Only a real expert would be able to see through that. There are wig wearers in comp eating some are not actual eaters. Can you name a few ?

  19. anonymous said

    April 21, 2016 @ 2:20 pm

    anonymous said
    April 21, 2016 @ 8:16 am

    Has anyone else seen Smellkin without his wig? I did…….

    What are you his wife ? Maybe gay lover in LI

  20. Seiken has a mouth odor said

    April 21, 2016 @ 5:29 pm

    Can we discuss something other than wig wearers in mle

  21. anonymous said

    April 22, 2016 @ 12:15 pm

    There is a wigless Smellkin picture from the loser board at the no longer in business J&R’s steak house. He looked about 80 and bared a strong resemblance to Fred Mertz from the I love Lucy show.

  22. anonymous said

    April 22, 2016 @ 1:52 pm

    Better than looking like jason alexander from seinfeld with a wig

  23. Vines said

    April 22, 2016 @ 4:57 pm

    Haha man all you of you are pure comedy. I agree with some of the negative comments to a point. I don’t like eating like a slob and I don’t want people watching me do it. But it’s going to happen, sad to say. I get to visit another place of this great state. People need to show love to their state. Get out and do things if only for an enjoyable past time. Wish me luck.


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