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600 Festival Nathan’s qualifier

update June 3 MLE videos: results announcement | Rene Rovtar interview

update First X Last and Byron Posadas have videos

Official results Part 1 | Part 2

Results announced on NBCCharlotte Facebook Live video

1) Eric “Badlands” Booker 24
2T) Damien Boykin 20
2T) Ronnie Hartman 20
4T) Ryan Siciliano 18
4T) Eric Vernsten 18
? Paul Barlow (1st MLE contest in two years)

1W) Rene Rovtar 7 (sole female)

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Eric "Badlands" Booker appeared on Fox 46 Charlotte to promote tomorrow's Nathan's qualifier at the 600 Festival, so presumably he is the favorite for that competition. Ronnie Hartman will also compete.
The Biography Channel will rerun the episode of Wife Swap starring Badlands Booker tonight at 10pm Eastern.
Eric "Badlands" Booker and Carmen Cincotti appeared on a Facebook Live video for Deadspin.com in honor of National Sandwich Day tomorrow.
Eric "Badlands" Booker offering his 4 secrets of competitive eating on Friday's episode of Men in Blazers, NBC Sports soccer talk show can be viewed on twitter.
Eric "Badlands" Booker will appear on this afternoon's episode of NBC Sports' soccer talk show at 5:30 pm after the Chelsea Liverpool game.
Eric "Badlands" Booker will be a guest on Right NOW! with Carolyn Castiglia, a live talk show held at Union Hall in Brooklyn on August 18.
Eric "Badlands" Booker will throw the first pitch at tonight's Coney Island Cyclones game. The minor league ballclub will be renamed the "Coney Island Franks" for one night only in honor of the 100th anniversary of Nathan's Famous.

2016 Nathan’s Pocono qualifier

update Pocono Record has a contest report

Full Results Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
1) Badlands Booker 23.75
2) Kevin Ambs 23.33
3) George Chiger 19.5
4) Jim Reeves 18
5T) Michael Deitz 13
5T) Ryan Siciliano 13
7) Bill Myers 12.75
8) Tom Serpico 6

1W) Larell Marie Mele 12
2w) Tess Siciliano 8

update It appears Eric “Badlands” Booker narrowly won the men’s contest

Larell Marie Mele won the women’s contest, which puts Carlene LeFevre back in the wild card lead.

Larell Marie Mele, Jim Reeves and Bill Myers are expected to do 2 qualifiers in less than 24 hours. “Badlands” Booker is another listed entrant. A victory by Larell Marie would restore the women’s wild card lead to Carlene LeFevre.

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Joey Chestnut wins Knoxville Hooters qualifier, Gideon Oji 2nd

Results Part 1 | Part 2

1) Joey Chestnut 176 wings
2) Gideon Oji 155
3) Juliet Lee 145
4) Juan Rodriguez 112
5) Damien Boykin 103
6) Matt Raible 96
7) Eric “Badlands” Booker 94
8) Ronnie Hartman 90
9) “Wild” Bill Myers 70

Eric “Badlands” Booker appeared on WATE 6 this morning.

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The Huffington Post has a profile of Eric "Badlands" Booker claiming he has competed in every Nathan's final since 1997. (He missed 2007 and 2011).

Eric “Badlands” Booker on Fink Beats the Stomach

Eric “Badlands” Booker interview on the Fink Beast the Stomach is now available. Some notes:

  • He says he used his payment from Wife Swap for a down payment on a house and that Charles Hardy, Cookie Jarvis and Joe Menchetti were finalists for that program
  • He plans to collaborate with Crazy Legs Conti on a “hip hopera” set in the competitive eating world
  • He would like to see the release of Stick to Blogging 2 by Brian Seiken, which he claims is 50% finished

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Cafe.com has a report on last month's cannoli eating contest in Brooklyn mentioning Daniella Gioia's post-contest disappointment. (via Sonni Dey) update Nov 22 David Turner has a contest video.
The Brooklyn Eagle has a report on Wednesday's Brooklyn Bounty event. Eric "Badlands" Booker performed his songs and was introduced by George Shea.
Full official results for the Brooklyn cannoli contest have been posted and added to the contest thread. The Brooklyn Daily has a contest report with different totals for Badlands Booker & Tim Janus (27 / 26.25) than the official values (26.75 / 21.75).

2014 Brooklyn cannoli contest

update Oct 20 Results have been added to the MLE.com contest page. The official explanation is that Tim Janus noticed he was credited with an extra plate after the contest. The Brooklyn Daily (giving the top 2 totals as 27 & 26.25) and Home Reporter News have contest reports.

1T) Eric “Badlands” Booker 26.75 (30 before deductions)
2) Tim “Eater X” Janus 21.75
3) Crazy Legs Conti 18
4) Leo Gioia 16 father of Daniella
5T) Daniella Gioia 11.5 (thinks she should have finished 4th
5T) Brian Seiken 11.5
7) Tim Ryan 10.5
8) Michael Golub 9

update Oct 14 Videos from Brian Seiken: contest | results | Badlands consoling Daniella Gioia
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2014 Dover Nathan’s qualifier

update Oct 13 Joseph Cerulli has a video

update Oct 2 Berks County Eats has a contest report

update #2 Joseph Cerulli has a video

update Official results Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

1W) Juliet Lee 35

1M) Eric “Badlands” Booker 32
2) Dave Wood 27.5
3) Micah Collins 23
4) Eric “Steakbellie” Livingston 20
5) “Wild” Bill Myers 17
6) Mike Barton 16
7) Tony Colbert 10
8) Eric Senzer 8
9) Lee Bibb 5
10) Jim Holloway 3

I have yet to see any results for today’s Nathan’s qualifier in Dover, Delaware. According to this picture, Eric “Badlands” Booker had at least 32 and Juliet Lee had at least 28.

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The Daily Beast has a report on Eric "Badlands" Booker ordering the endless appetizers offer at TGI Friday's. update July 23 Gawker.com also has a blog entry about an attempt at unlimited mozzarella sticks.

2014 Chicago Nathan’s qualifier

update June 3 WGN has a podcast of an interview with Michelle Lesco ChicagoNow calls for a Chicago style hot dog eating contest

update June 2 Val Bromann has a contest report

update #2 The Daily Herald has a contest report where George Shea incorrectly claims Michelle Lesco set the Nathan’s Illinois record; Patrick Vandam ate 31 hot dogs in Matteson in 2008.

update Juan Rodriguez has the winners & runners up

Men
1) Badlands Booker 27.5 HDB
2) Yasir Salem 26
? Thomas Coats Jr. 10

Women
1) Michelle Lesco 28.5
2) Niki Rodriguez 10, new women’s wild card leader
? Val Bromann 4
Siblings Juan (31 HDB) and Nikki (10) Rodriguez are currently the wild card co-leaders.

Yasir Salem and Val Bromann appeared on NBC Chicago this morning.

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The turkey eating contest between Badlands Booker and Crazy Legs Conti held on yesterday's episode of Crowd Goes Wild on Fox Sports One can be viewed online.

2013 San Gennaro cannoli contest

update Sept 15 Tania Fuentez has a flickr gallery

update Sept 13-2 Gothamist has a gallery with full results.

update Sept 13 The NY Daily News has a report.

update Joe Depace has a video
Crazy Legs Conti has a preview for the Huffington Post that was posted after the contest was finished according to the timestamp.

Demotix has a gallery

The Top 3
1) Yasir Salem 31.75, 1st non-qualifier victory
2) Marcos Owens 31
3) Eric “Badlands” Booker 28
4) Crazy Legs Conti 20

NPR has a podcast of Eric “Badlands” Booker and Crazy Legs Conti appearing on Ask Me Another.

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Eric "Badlands" Booker appeared on WKBW this morning to promote the Buffalo Wing Festival.

Badlands Booker wins 2013 Meadowlands Nathan’s qualifier

update July 2 #2 Crazy Legs Conti has a contest report for Huffington Post where he calls the contest site a “crappy flea market”

update July 2 North Jersey has a gallery (via Dan Mangiapane)

update July 1 SFMVideo has a video

update Jun 30 Full men’s results have been entered into the database

1st 28.5 Eric “Badlands” Booker East Rutherford, NJ
2nd 24.33 Kevin “LA Beast” Strahle East Rutherford, NJ
3rd 24 “Buffalo” Jim Reeves East Rutherford, NJ
4th 23.5 Ronnie “MegaByte” Hartman East Rutherford, NJ
5th 22 Crazy Legs Conti East Rutherford, NJ
6th 18 Basil Elamir East Rutherford, NJ
7th 15.25 Tommy DeVito East Rutherford, NJ
7th 15.25 William “Wild Bill” Myers East Rutherford, NJ
9th 12 Jordan Rothman East Rutherford, NJ
10th 11 Kevin Sekulic East Rutherford, NJ
11th 7.5 Dan Mangiapane East Rutherford, NJ

Jim Reeves reports Terri Reeves won the women’s contest with 8 hot dogs
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