2017 St. Louis Nathan’s qualifier

Sophia DeVita has a travelog video

Results from facebook video
1) Erik Denmark 28
2) Brandon Clark 26.5

1W) Sophia DeVita 16
2W) Marlene Wigginton 9.75
3W) Allison 4
4W) Valerie

In the women’s contest Sophia DeVita will face Marlene Wigginton, who took a year off for pregnancy. This could leave the Naperville, IL women’s qualifier wide open if Sophia DeVita wins.

Erik Denmark is the only male entrant who has been mentioned. George Shea mentioned the controversy from his last qualifier in Washington, DC where he was accused of putting a hot dog in his pocket.

Joey Chestnut will be in attendance and serve as the judge.

Comments (47)


  1. anonymous said

    April 28, 2017 @ 8:20 pm

    Where was Juan Rodriguez??

  2. anonymous said

    April 28, 2017 @ 8:42 pm

    LOL. George Shea said “St. Louie.”

  3. anonymous said

    April 28, 2017 @ 10:46 pm

    How many hot dogs did he put in his pants this time?

  4. ErikTheElectric said

    April 29, 2017 @ 1:43 am

    Congrats sophia!

  5. anonymous said

    April 29, 2017 @ 3:37 am

    We have a problem. There are 12 qualifiers left. 7 have been held. Matt and Joey automatically qualify. But at least 15 men have yet to qualify. Some people are going to be denied a place:

    Brain Dudzinski – qualified
    Juan Neave – qualified
    Eric Denmark – qualified
    Matt Cohen – qualified
    Rich Lefrevre – qualified
    Pablo Martinez – qualified
    Adrain Morgan – qualified

    Yet to qualify:

    Carmen Cincotti
    Geoff Esper
    Gideon Oji
    Juan Rodriquez
    Yasir Saelm
    Eric Booker
    Darron Breedon
    Steve Hendry
    Keven Ambs
    Nate Biller
    Brandon Clarke
    Steven Schuster
    Ronnie Hartman
    Crazy Legs Conti
    Dan “Killer” Kennedy

    I don’t think Marcos Owens, Josh Miller, Jim Reeves, or Micah Collins will attempt to qualify.

  6. anonymous said

    April 29, 2017 @ 4:32 am

    There’s going to be a problem May 27, when there are four MLE contests that same day (Nathan’s-Charlotte, Illegal Pete’s, Pepperoni Rolls, Æbleskiver), but only three available announcers; George Shea, Richard Shea, and Sam Barclay. They might have to beg Mike Antolini or Ryan Nerz to come back.

  7. anonymous said

    April 29, 2017 @ 4:36 am

    I heard a rumor Juan was waiting until the final qualifier in Naperville to qualify.

  8. mattcohen said

    April 29, 2017 @ 8:09 am

    @4:32 They have Diamond Dave and Mikey Sulls to call on, both can rock the mic! Although, I’d love to see either Mike or Ryan grace the mic again for an encore performance!!

  9. Anonymous said

    April 29, 2017 @ 9:49 am

    Killer Candace will destroy all peeps who attempt to get to Coney through him

  10. anonymous said

    April 29, 2017 @ 10:13 am

    Thanks Matt. If Mikey Sulls serves as a sub, there goes all hints of neutrality that FBTS might have had.

  11. Brandon Clark said

    April 29, 2017 @ 11:17 am

    I must be a sore loser for second place but I am still tryin’ to wrap my head around someone from Seatlle which is over 2,000 miles away entered in the St. Louis regional. I am from Illinois (Cahokia aka East St. Louis) which is 6 miles away. All in all I had fun for my first event and will definitely come back next year with more vigor

  12. anonymous said

    April 29, 2017 @ 11:48 am

    Pregancy? Absurd . MLE does not allow or condone male female relationships . Boyfriend girlfriend etc. It’s in the contract.

  13. Anonymous said

    April 29, 2017 @ 12:35 pm

    Brandon Clark’s comment made zero sense. Apparently you don’t know how MLE works. Just because you’re from a specific region, that doesn’t bar outsiders from coming into your area to take the glory.

  14. anonymous said

    April 29, 2017 @ 1:22 pm

    It’s simple, you eat the most, you win. Some guys are in for sure. Some have no chance. Some are maybe and will fight for scraps. Plenty of spots, cohen qualifed! that’s a low bar. Fat people should be allowed in.

    Carmen Cincotti will qualify
    Geoff Esper will qualify
    Gideon Oji will qualify
    Juan Rodriquez will qualify
    Yasir Saelm will qualify
    Eric Booker will qualify
    Darron Breedon maybe
    Steve Hendry maybe
    Keven Ambs won’t qualify
    Nate Biller won’t qualify
    Brandon Clarke won’t be back this year, although he should try this year again. how can he be sure denmark didn’t hide 1.5 hot dogs? suspect contest.
    Steven Schuster won’t qualify
    Ronnie Hartman won’t qualify
    Crazy Legs Conti maybe
    Dan “Killer” Kennedy maybe

  15. Anonymous said

    April 29, 2017 @ 2:39 pm

    @Brandon it’s common for pro eaters to travel across country for Nathan’s. It’s a game of chess and knowing where to go with the best odds of winning based on your skill.

  16. anonymous said

    April 29, 2017 @ 4:14 pm

    How far would Seiken have to travel to win with 11 hotdogs?

  17. Anonymous said

    April 29, 2017 @ 4:33 pm

    @10:13 Mikey emceed the burrito contest last year.

  18. ojrifkin said

    April 29, 2017 @ 8:46 pm

    There has been no northwestern qualifiers in the past 15 years, so Erik Denmark had no choice but to leave his region. There was only 1 qualifier (Vegas) in the Pacific or Mountain time zones this circuit.

    There will be a suburban Chicago (Naperville) qualifier on June 30


  19. Anonymous said

    April 29, 2017 @ 10:28 pm

    Hendry will qualify unless he is unlucky like he was last year.

  20. FBTSPod said

    April 30, 2017 @ 12:26 am

    FBTS is specifically NOT a neutral podcast

  21. anonymous said

    April 30, 2017 @ 7:10 am

    If Brandon Clarke goes to Naperville, IL, he might knock off Juan Rodriguez??

  22. anonymous said

    April 30, 2017 @ 7:12 am

    I thought FBTS was an objective news organization, like eatfeats or Beautiful Brian or The Rake & Herald or speedeat.com?

  23. anonymous said

    April 30, 2017 @ 7:14 am

    or DonSturdy.com

  24. anonymous said

    April 30, 2017 @ 7:16 am

    or MLE’s news sites:


  25. anonymous said

    April 30, 2017 @ 7:53 am

    “Keven Ambs won’t qualify”

    But he is ranked higher than Matt Cohen.

    “Crazy Legs Conti maybe”

    Only because he is willing to travel. I think Hartmann and Schuster and Breedon could beat him.

  26. anonymous said

    April 30, 2017 @ 8:30 am

    Conti wants to qualify so he can orchestrate his after party. They both work hand in hand . If he doesnt qualify his party becomes pointless because hes not actually part of it . Its happened a few times and did not sit well with him. Finding a qualifier where he can barely eat 19 hot dogs is not going to be easy but i am sure the Shea brothers will find an easy one for him

  27. anonymous said

    April 30, 2017 @ 12:28 pm

    I heard the after party security were given explicit instructions to keep Seiken out of the room stating he is a trouble maker, outsider and just didn’t belong.

  28. Chucko said

    May 4, 2017 @ 12:23 am

    Hey 1046. Sounds like you are a crotch watcher

  29. anonymous said

    May 21, 2017 @ 5:58 pm

    Predictions for announcers for Saturday::

    Nathan’s Charlotte: Sam Barclay
    Illegal Burritos: Mikey Sullis
    Pepperoni Rolls: George Shea
    Æbleskiver: Dave Keating

  30. anonymous said

    May 21, 2017 @ 6:05 pm

    Diamond Dave has done Pepperoni Rolls before and I think he will do them again. George Shea will go to Charlotte and Barclay will go to Iowa for Aebleskivers.

    Here is a video of Diamond Dave’s past events at the mic:


  31. anonymous said

    May 21, 2017 @ 7:05 pm

    I like Diamond Dave but Mike Castellano was the best of them all

  32. anonymous said

    May 21, 2017 @ 11:34 pm

    anonymous 7:05: I clicked your link but nothing was found.

  33. anonymous said

    May 21, 2017 @ 11:44 pm

    It is so hard keeping track of MLE employees:

    Dave Keating, Mike Castellano, Mikey Sullis, Ryan Nerz, Nancy Goldstein, Charles Hardy, Sam Barclay, and wasn’t there someone named Kate? Who is the current secretary who answers their phones, if they have one? And who was the black gentleman dressed in a suit coat and straw hat they used to have? Does Wild Bill Myers work for them?

  34. anonymous said

    May 22, 2017 @ 1:09 pm

    7:05: I fixed your link:


    It features Mike Castellano announcing and Brian Seiken signing on the guitar.

  35. anonymous said

    May 22, 2017 @ 11:01 pm

    WTF? I just watched the video. 95% of it is Brian Seiken singing.

  36. DaGarbageDisposal said

    May 25, 2017 @ 8:27 pm

    I tried to go to Napperville iL but they wont let me in because I wont sign the MLE contract. I am very very very new to this so I disregard the negative comments since I do not know what is goin’ on half the time and all the names on here I am unaware of. I just like to compete and like to challenge myself. I don’t really know if it is a good decision to sign it or not but Ima go with my gut (pun intended) and wait for a year at least. I just started doin’ challenges or 9 months ago and my fist contest 1 year ago. Wanted to try and get my name out near St. Louis first and who know that might be where it stays lol but I am happy with what I am doin’ and I support the people that know where am comin’ from.

  37. Anonymous said

    May 25, 2017 @ 10:02 pm

    You wouldn’t beat “Juan More Bite” anyways, so might as well wait to sign.

  38. DaGarbageDisposal said

    May 25, 2017 @ 11:03 pm

    Yeah I am not signin’ and not tryin’ to battle outside the battle either lol, just tryin’ to meet different competitors and enjoy it while I can. Like I said I just started, I don’t plan on doin’ this too long but Ima push myself until I fell I can’t anymore. I like the sport and the atmosphere of the contests and challenges.

  39. ojrifkin said

    May 26, 2017 @ 6:45 am

    There is a cookie eating contest in St. Charles, MO tomorrow awarding $100


  40. DaGarbageDisposal said

    May 27, 2017 @ 9:52 am

    Oh I am prepped and about to head out the house to go. I was gonna rent a cookie monster outfit but people said I might traumatize the kids if I take the head off and I would have to to eat lol. Record I thought was 17 but I called and they told me 21. I am shootin’ for 24 OR MORE. I thank the cookies are 3oz each and have 6 minutes to eat how many I can. I wont have much time to be countin’ but at 15 seconds each I might pull it off. I really appreciate you help and this site. I look past the negative peop[e and focus on the ones that have the same interest in life as I do, to just be a half way decent citizen lol. Thank you again and have a gr8 day unless you already made other plans lol.

  41. Locust said

    May 27, 2017 @ 11:47 am

    Good luck in your contest. These smaller events are a good way to gain experience and get a few wins to boost your confidence. Don’t sign MLE contract until you feel you are ready to compete at a consistently high level.

  42. DaGarbageDisposal said

    May 27, 2017 @ 3:15 pm

    Yessss. I won the Cookie contest!!!. Set a new record at 26 cookies. Randy Santel had the record at 21

  43. anonymous said

    May 27, 2017 @ 4:52 pm

    Nice job! Congratulations. I’m jealous.

  44. DaGarbageDisposal said

    May 27, 2017 @ 10:38 pm

    4:52 Don’t be lol. I just have a passion to out do what I thank I can do, not really personal to anyone. I just get overly excited at these contests and challenges. I’ am lovin’ it and I appreciate all the support. I am up to team challenges and if anyone wants to try the Don in Rockford, IL please get with me. I did my half in 30 minutes and I just need a partner that could do 45% of their half. $500 split in half for us

  45. anonymous said

    May 27, 2017 @ 10:45 pm

    Good luck DaGarbageDisposal. I hope you come back and kick butt at Nathan’s next year too.

  46. anonymous said

    May 27, 2017 @ 11:00 pm

    “Diamond Dave has done Pepperoni Rolls before and I think he will do them again. George Shea will go to Charlotte and Barclay will go to Iowa for Aebleskivers.”

    who emcee’d Pepperoni Rolls? Dave, Mike, or Richard? I got at least 3 correct, as Sullis did burritos according to the pic in MLE’s twitter:


  47. DaGarbageDisposal said

    May 28, 2017 @ 7:10 am

    Thanks 10:45

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