Competitive Eating category

Matt Stonie appeared on Mornings with Maria (Bartiromo) on Fox Business today to talk about his youtube channel and recent Donut Day video. Neither his recent signing with Night Media nor the 2020 Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest were discussed.
Nick Wehry was interviewed by the Awfully Irish podcast and said that the fate of the 2020 Nathan's finals has yet to be decided. George Chiger appeared the C & L Podcast and described how Larell Marie Mele helped start his competitive eating career.
Joey Chestnut has passed 100,000 subscribers to his youtube channel
The July 4 schedule for the ESPN family of networks is now available, and the 2020 Nathan's finals are not currently listed. ESPN's schedule for noon Eastern has "Great American Events", which could be a placeholder for the competition.
Leah Shutkever's donut record makes Guinness World Records' best of May 2020 video. (starts at 3:00)
Dan Kennedy will announce the first Elite Eats Entertainment online video-based eating contest on Wednesday.
Molly Schuyler posted a video of her attempt with Dan Kennedy to each eat 33 Big Macs and surpass a mark set by Joey Chestnut by one burger.
Kate Ovens appearance on a 2016 episode of Comedy Central's Tosh.0 can be viewed on youtube.

Food Challenge youtube channels with 400K – 999K subscribers

Here are food challenge youtube channels with 400K – 999K subscribers that I know:

Channel # Subs # Views Joined
🇸🇬 Peggie Neo ☑️ 994K 174,312,832 Sep 26, 2015
🇬🇧 Beard Meats Food ☑️ 967K 182,223,581 Jan 12, 2015
🇯🇵 “Russian” Sato ☑️ 790K 347,956,685 Sep 14, 2015
🇮🇳 Wake N Bite ☑️ 766K 127,534,414 Jun 2, 2017
🇫🇷 Alan Food Challenge ☑️ 721K 101,495,106 Jan 23, 2010
🇹🇼 Ding Ding ☑️ 702K 127,723,054 Mar 29, 2015
🇺🇸 Wreckless Eating ☑️ 632K 165,822,521 Jun 10, 2010
🇯🇵 Draco 531K 207,229,811 Oct 30, 2014
🇯🇵 Max Suzuki 512K 264,005,178 Sep 23, 2012
🇪🇸 Joe Burgerchallenge ☑️ 474K 66,335,096 Nov 10, 2015
🇯🇵 Onokako twins 472K 161,531,780 Nov 14, 2017
🇺🇸 Nate Figgs ☑️ 461K 101,623,889 Nov 17, 2011
🇯🇵 Moe Azuki 421K 49,302,233 Jun 18, 2018


Joey Chestnut did an interview on KROQ yesterday. He says that Nathan's hopes to have some type of July 4 competition, but plans have yet to be fixed. They are looking at a Brooklyn site for the event away from the traditional Coney Island venue.
The ill-fated pie eating contest in "Stand By Me" makes Broadway World's list of top 101 movie scenes of all time.

Food challenge channels with over 1 million subscribers

I have updated the list of food challenge youtube channels with over a million subscribers to include Randy Santel. I have also added Nikocado Avocado since he did a burger challenge at the Heart Attack Grill.

Channel # Subs # Views Joined
🇺🇸 Matt Stonie ☑️ 11.5M 2,150,557,507 Aug 23, 2012
🇯🇵 Yuka Kinoshita ☑️ 5.47M 2,002,036,170 May 21, 2014
🇨🇦 Furious Pete ☑️ 5.17M 1,011,189,368 Aug 10, 2006
🇸🇦 Hussain Sallam ☑️ 4.69M 651,791,167 Mar 2, 2006
🇪🇸 Esstik ☑️ 3.09M 320,339,749 Feb 28, 2013
🇺🇸 LA Beast ☑️ 2.54M 414,812,082 Aug 7, 2010
🇺🇸 Nikocado Avocado ☑️ 1.87M 456,016,948 May 27, 2014
🇧🇷 Corbucci Eats ☑️ 1.75M 228,671,952 May 2, 2006
🇺🇸 Badlands Chugs ☑️ 1.66M 153,900,117 Sep 25, 2012
🇨🇦 Veronica Wang ☑️ 1.63M 283,818,966 Jun 26, 2010
🇹🇼 Chien Tsu ☑️ 1.47M 189,742,324 Jul 10, 2016
🇯🇵 Taniyaaan1125 1.35M 281,444,399 Sep 17, 2016
🇺🇸 Erik Lamkin ☑️ 1.17M 197,824,171 Aug 10, 2013
🇺🇸 Randy Santel ☑️ 1M 290,978,285 Sep 23, 2011
🇸🇬 Peggie Neo ☑️ 993K 174,180,440 Sep 26, 2015
🇬🇧 Beard Meats Food ☑️ 965K 181,771,015 Jan 12, 2015

Comments (4) has released a trailer for an upcoming short cartoon about competitive eating.
The Owensboro Times has an article about Bartley Weaver, IV competing in the Titan Games. The second season of the series produced and hosted by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson will premier tonight on NBC.
The New York Times has an article about Feltman's Hot Dogs which also covers the history of Coney Island frankfurters. The pandemic has reportedly resulted in a surge for hot dog purchases, with sales for Nathan's Famous increasing by over 50%.

Ed Helms on “The Office” Beach Games episode has a post about actor Ed Helms’ memories of filming the “Beach Games” episode for the sitcom The Office. He shares this story about the hot dog eating competition:

“What I remember is eating tons of hot dogs and spitting them into a bucket,” Helms recalled. “For me, the act of spitting chewed food out of my mouth activates my gag reflex. It was so upsetting.”

The Office star described the nauseating visual that came along with putting the scene together. “The worst part is the prop folks are walking around with a big plastic bucket and like four people are spitting into it. You have to spit out, but you’re looking at other people [doing the same thing]. It’s just disgusting.”

Comments (1)

Matt Stonie signs with Night Media

Business Insider reports that Matt Stonie has signed with Night Media for exclusive representation and will be managed by Nick Brotman. Other Night Media social media personalities are Mr. Beast and neekolul, famed for her “OK Boomer” video. Brotman intends to pivot his client away from YouTube:

“Matt has been someone I’ve had my eye on for a while as he’s been consistently doing crazy numbers for years,” Brotman told Business Insider. “After getting to know him it was a great match. He’s interested in branching out from just creating YouTube content, which aligns with our philosophy of creating larger businesses around our clients’ influence.”

We will see how this deal affects Matt’s relationship with Major League Eating. Expulsion from the top 50 has been the traditional indication that a signee has fallen afoul of the MLE contract. Matt currently remains ranked at #3.

Comments (3) has a profile of Bartley Weaver, IV, who will compete in NBC's Titan Games. He hopes to be the first person to have professional status in bodybuilding and competitive eating.
Adrian Morgan did an interview for the LaFource Gazette podcast. He says he does not know what the plans are for holding Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest.
In his latest video, Geoff Esper attempted to set the record for most Burger King Whoppers eaten.

Smithfield Foods Sioux Falls meatpacking plant to resume operations

The New York Times reports that Smithfield Foods meatpacking plant in Sioux Falls, SD, which has been labeled as the top coronavirus hotspot in the USA, will resume operations tomorrow. One of the products the facility produces is Nathan’s Famous hot dogs.

In Sioux Falls, S.D., where the virus sickened more than 1,000 people at a Smithfield pork processing plant, the outbreak appears to be slowing, Mayor Paul TenHaken said. More than 4,000 Smithfield employees, their family members and close contacts, were recently tested.

Yet the mayor fears that his city’s progress could be temporary. On Monday, the plant will begin slaughtering hogs again. Hundreds of employees will be back together at work.

“I’ll be honest, it makes me nervous,” Mr. TenHaken said. “We’ve seen how a zero-case facility can become a 1,000-case facility.”

Nathan’s Famous did not expect the closure to have a negative impact on hot dog supply in a SEC document from April.

Comments has an article about Bartley Weaver IV competing in "The Titan Games" on NBC. The series will debut May 25 and be hosted by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
The Sklar brothers posted a clip about Dale Boone from the 2005 Alka Seltzer US Open of Competitive Eating that was originally used in their "Cheap Seats" program.

Competitive eating musical documentary screening June 3

Crow’s Theatre in Leslieville, ON will show “CHEW: A Gastronomical Musical Odyssey into the Strange World of Competitive Eating” on June 3. The documentary will be screened online and tickets will include a home-delivered meal. The film has the following description:

As one competitor puts it: “It’s like a standing-still parade. We just happen to be eating food.” Over the course of several years, Montreal playwright Sarah Segal-Lazar interviewed dozens of competitive eaters in Canada and the States to figure out what drives them to stretch their stomachs beyond comprehension. Inspired by London Road and A Chorus Line, co-creators Segal-Lazar, Anika Johnson and Andrew Kushnir have discovered the ideal container for the excesses of the sport: a musical. Chew takes documentary theatre to new places, and competitive eating to new limits. Whether it’s tucking away tamales in Texas or pulverising pretzels in Providence, the reasons we do unreasonable things can be most surprising of all.


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