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Cambridge University will hold a presentation about competitive eating on March 7. Dr. Barak Kushner of the University of Cambridge and Dr. Eric Rath of the University of Michigan will be the speakers. The talks are part of the Imaginative Things: Curious Objects 1400–2000 series.
Metropoles.com has an article in Portuguese about Brazilian competitive eater Ricardo Corbucci of the youtube channel Corbucci Eats.

2018 Hopcat Crack Fry qualifiers

Here are the results I have for yesterday’s Crack Fry eating qualifiers held at Hopcat locations in the Midwest. Sam Pohlen was the first female to win a crack fry contest. update Ethan Teske won the Minneapolis contest.

2018 Jan 20 1st 3.6 Pat “Deep Dish” Bertoletti Chicago, IL
2018 Jan 20 2nd 3.34 Brandon Clark Chicago, IL
2018 Jan 20 1st ? Kyle “The Hammer” Hanner Indianapolis, IN
2018 Jan 20 1st 1.8625 Sam Pohlen Grand Rapids, MI
2018 Jan 20 1st ? Rob Chopp Kalamazoo, MI
2018 Jan 20 1st ? Nick Adanczyk Kansas City, MO

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Greg Roberts has posted a drawing of a Hasty Pudding eating contest from 1794 that awarded a gold laced hat to the winner.
The Fairborn Herald has a profile of Ivan "the Avocado" Mendoza, who hopes to be ranked in the MLE top 10.
Daily Advance reports that Bradley Hardison was arrested for allegedly breaking into a Dunkin Donuts in Elizabeth City, NC. He earlier received notoriety for getting arrested for a break-in in Camden, NC after winning a donut eating contest held by police in 2014.
The Kansas City Star has an article about local burrito eating challenges which mentions Molly Schuyler's record of 1:37 for the 5 pound "747" burrito at Habanero's in Lees Summit, MO.
Nadia White qualified for Wing Bowl 26 by eating 41 wings in tonight's wing off At P J Whelihan's in Sewell, NJ. She is the first female to qualify for Wing Bowl 26 (Molly Schuyler received a bye).
Tamil.samayam.com reports that a competitor in an idly eating contest in Pudukkottai, India passed away after choking. Vikatan.com and puthiyathalaimurai.com also have articles. update Jan 18 New Indian Express has an English article which states that the competition did not allow entrants to drink. update Jan 22 The International Business Times has an article giving the name of the deceased as S Chinnathambi
Rub Smokehouse in the UK will award £500 in Rub Vouchers to the fastest finisher of its Nugzilla giant chicken nugget challenge if he or she can break 6 minutes. Andy Salisbury currently has the fastest time of 6:20. (via Chronicle Live)
The Amazing Race youtube channel has a preview video for Wednesday's episode recorded in Tangiers, Morocco starring Joey Chestnut and Tim "Eater X" Janus. It appears one of the challenges Team Chomp will face will be belly dancing.

2018 Finkies awards winners

The Fink Beats the Stomach announced the winners of their “Finkies” awards for 2017, which were based on online polls:

Rookie of the Year: Rene Rovtar
Showman of the Year: Beard Meats Food
Male Competitive Eater of the Year: Joey Chestnut
Female Competitive Eater of the Year: Michelle “Cardboard Shell” Lesco
Emcee of the Year: Eric “Badlands” Booker

Darron Breeden did not agree with the Rookie of the Year choice. Molly Schuyler and Miki Sudo have yet to comment on the Female of the Year award.

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Michael Jenkins ate a frozen 2 pound key lime pie with one hand behind his back to win the first prize of $250 at the Florida Key Lime Pie Festival in Merritt Island, FL.
Buffalo Chips in Bonita Springs, FL will hold the Florida State Chicken Wing Eating Contest on January 20 awarding $500 to the winner. Entrants need to qualify.
Dave Brunelli ate 50 wings in last night's Wing Off at P J Whelihan's in Maple Shade, NJ to win a spot in Wing Bowl 26. Adult entertainer Nadia White was runner up with 35 wings, which might be a women's record for a Wing Bowl qualifier.
Nela Zisser and Jesse "Food Coma" Freeman collaborated on a project where they produced videos of themselves eating KFC Family Feast buckets as fast as possible. Daily Mail has an article about Nela's video.
The Hops n Hot Sauce Festival will hold a hot pepper eating contest in Houston on January 13 awarding $250 to the winner.
Michael "Big Hoss" Deitz will compete in Dancing with the Stars, Lebanon (PA) on January 13.
LAMag.com has a report on the "Beef Bowl" fest held for members of Rose Bowl teams at Lawry's the Prime Rib in Beverly Hills.
DailyTelegram.com.au has an article about Jesse "Food Coma" Freeman getting one of 30 nominations for Batchelor of the Year by Cosmpolitan magazine of Australia.
The Wright State student newspaper has a profile of Ivan "The Avocado" Mendoza, who is a senior with double majors in management and human resources who has a 4.0 GPA at that university. There is a also a video.
"Beard Meats Food" reported that Chicago competitive eater Tony "T-Bone" Mitchell passed away. A twitter thread announcing a tribute page appears to confirm the sad news. Afterlife.com an obituary page.
Hopcat Brewery locations will hold "crack fries" eating contests on January 20 awarding victors a prize package valued at $500 and a chance to win $2,000 in the World Championship Crack Fries Eating Contest at the 2018 Michigan Brewer’s Guild Summer Beer Festival in Ypsilanti, MI.
10 Tavern in Washington, DC will hold a wing eating contest on January 21 awarding a Super Bowl viewing party. Qualifiers on January 6, 7, 13 and 14 will award the winners a spot in the finals along with $100/$50/$25 bar tabs to the top three finishers.
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