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Geoff Esper takes lead over Joey Chestnut for 2019 victories

With two victories at the Buffalo Wing Festival, Geoff Esper has moved ahead of Joey Chestnut for total MLE victories in 2019 (excluding qualifiers),

8 Geoff Esper
7 Joey Chestnut
3 Miki Sudo
2 Darron Breeden
1 Adrian Morgan
1 Gideon Oji
1 Matt Stonie

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Top Nathan’s Famous debuts

Here are the top debuts in Nathan’s Famous hot dog eating contests according to the database for totals 10 or higher. “Beard Meats Food” and Steve Hammond made the top 7 with their initial amounts of 32 this year.

2001 Jul 4 1st 50 12 min Takeru Kobayashi Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Brooklyn, NY
2018 Apr 28 1st 42.5 10 min Max Suzuki Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – men Las Vegas, NV
2013 Apr 20 1st 40 10 min Miki Sudo Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – women Las Vegas, NV
2006 Jun 17 1st 38 12 min Chip “The Phenom” Simpson Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest qualifier Bloomington, MN
2018 May 12 2nd 33.5 10 min Nick Wehry Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest qualifier – men West Friendship, MD
2019 Jun 16 1st 32 10 min Adam “Beard Meats Food” Moran Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – men Queens, NY
2019 Jul 23 1st 32 10 min Steve “The Rabbit” Hammond Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – men Salt Lake City, UT
2013 Apr 20 1st 31.5 10 min Jeff “The Beast Man” Butler Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – men Las Vegas, NV
2004 Jun 1 1st 31 12 min Nobuyuki “The Giant” Shirota Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest qualifier Tokyo, Japan
2013 Apr 20 2nd 31 10 min Tom “Goose” Gilbert Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – men Las Vegas, NV
2013 Jun 2 1st 31 10 min Molly Schuyler Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – women St. Paul, MN
2008 May 10 2nd 30 10 min Patrick Vandam Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest qualifier Apple Valley, MN
2015 Jun 14 2nd 30 10 min Geoffrey Esper Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – men Queens, NY

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Joey Chestnut vs. Geoff Esper results since Jan 1, 2018

Here are the head to head results for Joey Chestnut and Geoff Esper since Jan 1, 2018. They are tied at 8 victories each.
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Kobayashi vs. Joey Chestnut head to head results

Here are the results for Takeru Kobayashi and Joey Chestnut in the 15 contests they competed against each other. Kobayashi had the higher finish in 8 of the competitions.
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Shaina Waseem, the "UK Chilli Queen", extended her streak of spicy eating contest victories to 50 with a victory in a pepper eating contest at the Foodies Festival in Bristol, England.

2018 MLE head to head results excluding Nathan’s

Here are the head to head results for 2018 MLE contests excluding Nathan’s hot dog eating contests, which were excluded due to the women’s competitions distorting the rankings. (Juliet Lee, who only competed in Nathan’s contests in 2018, had the 4th highest winning percentage using all MLE contests). To be included in this comparison, entrants had to have at least two non-Nathan’s contests in 2018. The new poll asks who you think should be #3 in the next MLE ranking, Matt Stonie or Darron Breeden, assuming Carmen Cincotti is removed.

1 Carmen Cincotti (C Ci) 96.2% 25-1
2 Geoffrey Esper (G Es) 95.1% 135-7
3 Joey “Jaws” Chestnut (J Ch) 93.1% 141-10-1
4 Matt “Megatoad” Stonie (M St) 84.2% 48-9
5 Darron Breeden (D Br) 82.2% 88-19
6 Gideon Oji (G Oj) 70.3% 121-50-4
7 Juan “more bite” Rodriguez (J Ro) 65% 26-14
8 Nick Wehry (N We) 63.6% 21-12
9 Adrian “The Rabbit” Morgan (A Mo) 62.7% 42-25
10 Michelle “Cardboard Shell” Lesco (M Le) 61.3% 38-24

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Joey Chestnut & Geoff Esper to face off for most 2018 victories

The field for tomorrow’s World Famous St. Elmo Shrimp Cocktail-Eating Championship before the Big 10 football championship has been announced: Joey Chestnut and Geoff Esper will seek the most non-qualifier MLE victories in 2018 (currently tied at 11) while Darron Breeden, Gideon Oji, George Chiger, Derek Jacobs, Matt Raible and Mary Bowers will look to preserve the draw. If Mary Bowers does not pull of the upset, there will be no female winners of a mixed-gender MLE competition in 2018.

A list of all 2018 MLE non-qualifier winners sorted by name follows:
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Most MLE wins in 2018

With his victory yesterday at the Indiana State Fair ice cream eating contest, Geoff Esper now has the most MLE wins in 2018 excluding Nathan’s qualifiers.

6 Geoffrey Esper
5 Joey “Jaws” Chestnut
3 Carmen Cincotti
1 Matt “Megatoad” Stonie
1 Miki Sudo
1 Gideon Oji
1 Darron Breeden

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Ivan Mendoza announced he complete the Belly Buster Challenge at Brewster's in Fairbanks, AK, which he believes makes him the youngest person to compete a burger challenge in all 50 states.men

MLE head to head results as of July 3, 2018

Here are the head to head results for MLE contests over the past 365 days for people with two or more contest results in the database.

1 Joey “Jaws” Chestnut (J Ch) 93.8% 159-10-1
2 Matt “Megatoad” Stonie (M St) 91.1% 92-9
3 Carmen Cincotti (C Ci) 89.7% 100-11-1
4 Geoffrey Esper (G Es) 88.3% 143-19
5 Gideon Oji (G Oj) 73.5% 142-51-1
6 “The Lovely” Juliet Lee (J Le) 72.7% 8-3
7 Darron Breeden (D Br) 72.2% 91-35
7 Adrian “The Rabbit” Morgan (A Mo) 72.2% 39-15
9 Michelle “Cardboard Shell” Lesco (M Le) 67.7% 65-31
10 Juan “more bite” Rodriguez (J Ro) 65.8% 39-20-1

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MLE prize money won in the first half of 2018

Here is a list of all prizewinners in MLE contests in the first half of 2018 according to the database. Not many people would have expected for Mary Bowers to have higher earnings than Miki Sudo for that time period.

$10,250 Joey “Jaws” Chestnut
$8,550 Geoffrey Esper
$8,000 Carmen Cincotti
$7,700 Gideon Oji
$5,000 Darron Breeden

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Max Suzuki set Nathan’s debut record for 10 minute contests

Raina Huang just passed 50,000 subscribers for her youtube channel, making her the first American female competitive eater to hit that benchmark. (Miki Sudo is at 25K, Molly Schuyler has 17K). For non-USA English language channels by female competitive eaters, I think Peggie Neo leads with 307K subscribers. Nela Zisser has 162K and Kate Ovens has 38K

Nadia White finishes Great Steak challenge in 14 minutes

Porn Star Nadia White finished the 5.5 pound Great Steak Challenge at Steak and Main in Nort East, MD in 14 minutes. This is the second fastest challenge completion time for a female after Molly Schuyler.

The fastest documented times for any 72+ ounce steak challenge by women excluding Molly Schuyler I am aware of are:

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2017 Eatfeats MLE rankings according to system

Here are the MLE rankings for 2017 using the EatFeats ranking system (system description). The new poll asks who you think should be ranked #2.

win % Prize $ HDB $HDB %$HDB
1 Joey “Jaws” Chestnut 95.6 1 $41900 1 72 1 1 1 1
2 Carmen Cincotti 87.6 3 $20750 3 60 2 2.5 2.75 2
3 Geoffrey Esper 86.2 4 $27700 2 51 3 2.5 3.25 3
4 Matt “Megatoad” Stonie 92 2 $15450 6 48 4 5 3.5 4
5 Gideon Oji 74.4 5 $17700 5 37 7 6 5.5 5
6 Miki Sudo 71.2 7 $19350 4 41 5 4.5 5.75 6
7 Darron Breeden 72.3 6 $6250 8 38.5 6 7 6.5 7
8 Adrian “The Rabbit” Morgan 67.7 10 $3600 9 34 9 9 9.5 8
9 Michelle “Cardboard Shell” Lesco 67.3 11 $9750 7 32 11 9 10 9
10 “The Lovely” Juliet Lee 69.7 8 $2100 11 28 16.5T 13.75 10.875 10

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2017 MLE head to head results

Here are the head to head results for 2017 MLE contests for people with two or more contest results in the database:

1 Joey “Jaws” Chestnut (J Ch) 95.6% 162-7-1
2 Matt “Megatoad” Stonie (M St) 92% 92-8
3 Carmen Cincotti (C Ci) 87.6% 95-13-1
4 Geoffrey Esper (G Es) 86.2% 131-21
5 Gideon Oji (G Oj) 74.4% 128-44
6 Darron Breeden (D Br) 72.3% 73-28
7 Miki Sudo (M Su) 71.2% 94-38
8 “The Lovely” Juliet Lee (J Le) 69.7% 23-10
9 Meredith Boxberger (M Bo) 69.4% 12-5-1
10 Adrian “The Rabbit” Morgan (A Mo) 67.7% 44-21

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2017 MLE contest winners

The following is a list of people who won a MLE contest in 2017 and their total number of victories excluding qualifiers according to the database.

16 Joey “Jaws” Chestnut
6 Geoffrey Esper
5 Carmen Cincotti
4 Matt “Megatoad” Stonie
3 Gideon Oji
2 Miki Sudo
1 Michelle “Cardboard Shell” Lesco

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Now 7 members in 50+ Nathan’s club

Yesterday, Carmen Cincotti (53) and Geoffrey Esper were added to the 50+ Nathan’s hot dog club, bringing the total membership in that group to 7. A list of everyone with a personal best of 30 or more according to the eatfeats database follows:

2016 Jun 25 1st 73.5 10 min Joey “Jaws” Chestnut Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Exhibition Washington, DC
2009 Jul 4 2nd 64.5 10 min Takeru Kobayashi Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Brooklyn, NY
2015 Jul 4 1st 62 10 min Matt “Megatoad” Stonie Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest – men Brooklyn, NY
2009 Jul 4 3rd 55 10 min Pat “Deep Dish” Bertoletti Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Brooklyn, NY
2009 Jul 4 4th 53 10 min Tim “Eater X” Janus Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Brooklyn, NY
2017 Jun 18 1st 53 10 min Carmen Cincotti Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – men Queens, NY
2017 Jun 18 1st 51 10 min Geoffrey Esper Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – men Boston, MA
2012 Jul 4 1st 45 10 min Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest – women Brooklyn, NY
2012 Jul 4 5th 45 10 min Bob “The Notorious B.O.B.” Shoudt Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest – men Brooklyn, NY
2009 Jun 20 1st 40 10 min Eric “Badlands” Booker Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest qualifier Queens, NY
2013 Apr 20 1st 40 10 min Miki Sudo Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – women Las Vegas, NV

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Randy Santel announces that he just succeeded at a restaurant eating challenge for the 500th time: the burger challenge at Bare Grill on Bourke in Surry Hills, NSW, Australia.

Nathan’s women’s contest winners totals

A list of all winning Nathan’s Famous contests totals for females since the women’s division was started in 2011 follows (sorted by amount).

2017 Apr 15 - Uncontested Miami, FL
2011 May 21 3 Lauren Gallagher Foxborough (Boston), MA
2015 Jun 13 3.5 Brandi Nashville, TN
2015 Jun 20 4 Angie Hendry Lincoln, NE
2012 May 12 4.5 Laura Riehman Naples, FL
2011 Jun 12 5 “Hurricane” Katrina Klein Thackerville, OK
2013 Jun 29 5 Prudence DiBenedetto Queens, NY
2014 May 29 5 Sheila Nelson Fort Lee, VA
2013 Dec 14 5.75 Val Bromann Tunica, MS
2016 May 28 6 Elizabeth “The Bespoke Curator” Petra Charlotte, NC

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Nathan’s qualifiers by state since July 5, 2002

Here is a list of states sorted by the number of Nathan’s qualifiers they have held since July 5, 2002 according to the eatfeats database. A list of all qualifiers follows. I think the NYNY Casino in Las Vegas is the only site to have held a qualifier all 15 years.

34 NY
18 PA
15 NV
14 GA
13 FL
12 NJ
12 VA
12 CA
11 NC
10 AZ

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Number of Nathan’s qualifiers per year

Here is the number of Nathan’s qualifiers held during a circuit (July 5-July 3) for each finals since 2003 as best as I can figure out. The 19 qualifiers scheduled for 2016-17 are the most since 2007-2008. This means that at least 44 people will qualify for the 2017 finals assuming Matt Stonie and Sonya Thomas receive byes (4 previous champions, 38 qualifier winners and 2 wild cards).

19 2017
12 2016
15 2015
14 2014
12 2013
13 2012
14 2011
15 2010
18 2009
19 2008
14 2007
16 2006
14 2005
14 2004
13 2003

A numbered list of all the qualifiers in the database since July 5, 2002 follows if anyone wants to count. (The second column is the year of the finals for the qualifier)
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Ramsey Hinton is currently doing a food challenge tour of Chicago. According to the facebook for the Potholder Cafe in Long Beach, he is now the first person to have completed official restaurant challenges in all 50 states.

End of 2016 EatFeats MLE rankings

Here are the MLE rankings for 2016 using the EatFeats ranking system (system description).

win % Prize $ HDB $HDB %$HDB
1 Joey Chestnut 97.5 1 $51750 1 73.5 1 1 1 1
2 Matt Stonie 94.1 2 $23650 2 53 2 2 2 2
3 Carmen Cincotti 86.7 3 $13200 5 42 3 4 3.5 3
4 Geoffrey Esper 77.9 4 $13250 4 37.5 7 5.5 4.75 4
5 Miki Sudo 75.5 6 $18500 3 38.5 5 4 5 5
6 Sonya Thomas 77.2 5 $7950 8 35 8 8 6.5 6
7 Adrian Morgan 72.5 8 $10750 7 39 4 5.5 6.75 7
8 Gideon Oji 69.7 9 $12250 6 38 6 6 7.5 8
9 Michelle Lesco 62.8 11 $7250 9 28 14 11.5 11.25 9
10 Yasir Salem 54.2 15 $4350 10 33 9 9.5 12.25 10

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2016 MLE moneywinners

According to the eatfeats database, here are the total MLE cash winnings for everyone who won money in an MLE contest in 2016

2016 total MLE money won

$51,750 Joey Chestnut
$23,650 Matt Stonie
$18,500 Miki Sudo
$13,250 Geoffrey Esper
$13,200 Carmen Cincotti
$12,250 Gideon Oji
$10,750 Adrian Morgan
$7,950 Sonya Thomas
$7,250 Michelle Lesco
$4,350 Yasir Salem

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