United States eating challenges and 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.
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)

Brandon “Da Garbage Disposal” Clark hospitalized after house fire

update Jan 24 A Go Fund Me donation page has been set up by Brandon’s brother.

STLToday.com reports that Brandon “Da Garbage Disposal” Clark was hospitalized after trying to extinguish a fire in his Cahokia, IL home. Camp Jackson Fire Chief Christopher Davis was also taken to a hospital after experiencing a medical emergency fighting the fire. Clark’s daughter, Aryonna Clark, escaped the fire without injury. (BND.com article) update A KMOV news video has an interview with Clark after he was released from the hospital yesterday afternoon. He will need to return for treatment to burns on his arms and hands.

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MMA heavyweight Frank Mir attempted the Octuple Bypass Burger challenge at the Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas. (video)
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.
The January 27 episode of 9-1-1: Lone Star will have an emergency at a steak eating contest. The original 9-1-1 set in Los Angeles had a crisis at an insect eating contest on its October 22, 2018 show. This is not the first steak eating contest incident on a Fox program. The March 28, 1999 episode of the Simpsons (Maximum Homerdrive) had a fatality after a steak challenge went wrong.
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.
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)
Joey Chestnut, Adrian Morgan and Mike Golic Jr. faced off in a beignet eating contest in New Orleans MCed by Katie Nolan of ESPN to promote tonight's college football championship game.
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.
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
Miki Sudo has uploaded a video of her attempt at the Gyro challenge at South Side Six in Bowling Green, OH, which pays $666 if finished. The six gyros had a total weight of 16.5 pounds.
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.
Brandon "Da Garbage Disposal" Clark and Michael Whities set the record for the two person King Kookamonga burger challenge at Kooky Canuck in Memphis with a time of 15:59.
Carnaval Miami will hold a MLE croqueta eating contest as part of El Croquetazo on March 15.
Business Insider has a video about last month's St. Elmo Shrimp Cocktail Eating Championship in Indianapolis.

Raina Huang & Asian Hustle Network in LA Times

Raina Huang is featured prominently in a Los Angeles Times article about the Asian Hustle Network. Her father, Wil Huang, is also quoted:

Her new gig as a competitive eater and social media influencer — she’s the star of 600-plus videos — finally has won her father’s approval.

“I’m actually surprised with her character right now, once I got used to her choice,” Wil Huang, an IT engineer, said about his eldest daughter.

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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.
The Ivy Buckhead in Atlanta will hold a spaghetti eating contest December 20 awarding $250 to the winner.
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