Eating Contests category

Joey Chestnut and Geoff Esper are expected to compete at the Blue Runner Foods World Red Beans and Rice Eating Championship to be held at the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in New Orleans on February 8.
5Dimes is currently accepting bets on the 2020 Original Nathan's finals. Betting against Miki Sudo defending her title at +600 (gambling $1 wins $6) might be a savvy wager if Molly Schuyler is joining MLE as rumored. Joey Chestnut is a -900 favorite (bet $9 to win $1) in the men's contest.
Hopcat locations (mainly in the Midwest, but also Port St. Lucie, FL) will hold Cosmik Fries eating contests tomorrow awarding $500/$100/$25 gift cards. The item was originally called "Crack Fries", but the name was considered insensitive to drug addicts. In previous years, the winners competed in a finals contest in the summer awarding $2000 to the overall champion. That competition appears to have been dropped.
Round Table Pizza announces the Reign of Fire Challenge. Entrants (California residents only) will record video of themselves attempting a spicy pizza or wings challenge. The fastest times will make the finals in Florin, CA and compete for a $5,000 prize. (contest Instagram)
Krystal filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy today. The chain known for its sliders held the Krystal Square Off burger eating contest from 2004 to 2009. The $50,000 awarded by the 2009 Krystal Square Off is probably the largest cash purse for an American eating contest. The company will look to continue operations after reorganizing, which it was able to do following a 1997 bankruptcy filing. (via Stephanie Wu)
Michael Jenkins won the first prize of $250 in yesterday's eating contest at the Florida Key Lime Pie Festival in Merritt Island, FL, an event marked by unconventional rules and controversial judging.
Courier Express has an article about Dan "Killer" Kennedy focusing on his whoopie pie charity challenge last week.
Donut Boy in Dubuque, IA will hold a donut hole eating contest on February 1 awarding $500 to the winner.
Press of Atlantic City reports that the town has announced plans to demolish the site of Trump Plaza in 2020, which is currently vacant. The venue held five Nathan's qualifiers from 2008 to 2012. The 2011 competition was the final qualifier for Sonya Thomas, after which she would be exempt from qualifying as a female champion.
Brixx & Barley in Long Beach, NY will hold a wing eating contest on March 14 awarding $1000 to the winner.
Nerang NSL in Nerang, QLD will hold a pie eating contest on January 26 awarding at least $300/$150/$50.
The New York Times reports that six businesses on the Coney Island boardwalk have been presented with lease extensions with rents increases between 50 and 400 percent. A Nathan's Famous (not the main Surf & Stillwell location) is one of the tenants. It is not clear if they have signed the new lease. A qualifier was held in 2013 at the boardwalk location. (via Sarah Bahr)
Pho Dzung will hold a pho eating contest in Melbourne, VIC on January 19 awarding $500/$200/$100.
Chicago's Wing Eating Contest at Old Grounds Social will hot hot and mild wing eating contest on January 25. Both contests will award $250 to the winner.
Bob Shoudt has uploaded a video of his attempt to eat 100 Krystal sliders. The burgers were eaten "picnic style" (no dunking or smashing). In the 6 year history of the Krystal Square Off, the only person to hit a triple digit total was Joey Chestnut (103) in 2007.
Registration (Philadelphia-area amateurs only) is open at WingPole.com for a wing eating contest to be held at Club Risque and Cheerleaders in Philadelphia on January 31. The top 3 will receive $3000/$750/$400.
WeAreCentralPA.com has an article about Dan "Killer" Kennedy's attempt to break the record for the most whoopie pies eaten in 7 minutes at halftime of tomorrow's Philipsburg Osceola High School girls basketball game. The event is a fundraiser for a Philipsburg Osceola teacher battling cancer. update Dan Kennedy ate 179 whoopie pies in 7 minutes. update #2 WTAJ has an article update Jan 22 News video
The pro division of the La Costeña Jalapeño Eating Contest February 22 in Laredo, TX will award $3000/$1500/$750. The amateur competition will pay out $500/$400/$300.
Elijah Rosenthal ate 18 hot dogs in an hour to win $400 in a contest held yesterday in Vicksburg, MS (the original duration was 10 minutes). He is the son of event promoter Robert Rosenthal.
Buffalo Chips in Bonita Springs, FL will hold a wing eating contest on January 18 awarding $500 to the winner. Entrants need to qualify.
TheThings.com has curated a gallery of 19 pictures of Joey Chestnut eating Nathan's hot dogs.
Alexandra's Pizza in Sidney, NS will award a $1000 cash prize along with a $1000 charitable donation if its 12 pound donair is finished in under 90 minutes.
The 2019 "World Pie Eating Championship" will take place tomorrow at Harry's Bar in Wigan, England. The competition will be restricted to the top 2 finishers from the 2018 contest with the general public relegated to an undercard.
The Ivy Buckhead in Atlanta will hold a spaghetti eating contest December 20 awarding $250 to the winner.
The Hotdog Man in Vicsksburg, MS will hold a hot dog eating contest on December 23 awarding $200 to the winner.
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