Los Angeles eating challenges and contests category

Upcoming Los Angeles eating contests
2017 Aug 26IDay-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship Nisei Week Festival Los Angeles, CA
Three random Los Angeles eating challenges
30 in pizza The Ultimate Challenge Camini's Burbank, CA
10 fish tacos Taco Challenge Baja Sharkeez Hermosa Beach, CA
2 1/2 lb. burger The Monster Tompkins Square Bar & Grill Los Angeles, CA topped with smoked mozzarella, tillamook cheddar, gruyere, bacon, caramelized onions, onion strings, lettuce, tomatoes and pickles
(All Los Angeles eating challenges and contests in database)

2017 Salvation Army Donut Eating Contest

Registration is now open for the eating contest at the Chicago Ribfest on June 9. A donut eating contest in Santa Monica on June 2 has also been added to the MLE calendar (registration yet to open).
The Rabbit Hole Bar in West Hills, CA will hold a taco eating contest on May 5 awarding $250 cash and a $250 bar tab to the top man and woman.
Fat Sal's Deli in Los Angeles announced that the "Fat Molly" sandwich designed by Molly Schuyler to reward her for finishing the restaurant's sandwich challenge will not be added to the permanent menu. To add insult to injury, the "Fat Molly" was changed from Molly Schuyler's original specifications.
An episode of the NBC series Jay Leno's Garage was recorded at Big Mama's & Papa's pizza in Burbank, CA. A 52 inch USA Giant Sicilian Pizza tribute was created for the occasion.
Liz Lewis Casting has a call for a competitive eating spice specialist for a shoot in Los Angeles that will run from January 18 to 22. The role will pay $2000.
Erik "The Electric" Lamkin won the first prize of a trip to Toronto at Saturday's qualifier at Smoke's Poutinerie in Hollywood, CA. Jon Bello was runner-up.
Smoke's Poutinerie in Hollywood, CA will hold a poutine eating contest on Saturday awarding a trip to Toronto and a spot in the amateur poutine eating contest before the MLE competition October 1.
Rafu.com has a report on last month's gyoza eating contest in Los Angeles.
LosAngeles.Craigslist.org has a request for a competitive eater to star in a series of one minute documentaries. There will be no monetary compensation.

2016 Day-Lee Foods Gyoza Championship

update Aug 26 KPCC has a contest report

update Aug 23 ouendantengoku has a contest video

update Flickr.com gallery

The top 5 | Part 2
1 Matt Stonie 323
2 Geoff Esper 243
3 Miki Sudo 229
4 Gideon Oji 183
5 Juan Rodriguez 181
6 Rich LeFevre 168
7 Pablo Martinez 127
8 Eric “Badlands” Booker 116
9 Carlene LeFevre 80
10 Doug Ecks 72
11 Mary Bowers 65
12 Shimizu 63
13 Lesley Ryder 50

The contest can be viewed on facebook live.

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MLE announces that Joey Chestnut has withdrawn from Saturday's gyoza eating contest in Los Angeles to do Chacho's Tacos contest in San Jose. A press release was just sent out hyping the now canceled gyoza faceoff with Matt Stonie.
Matt Stonie has been added to the roster of the gyoza eating contest August 20 in Los Angeles, where he is expected to face Joey Chestnut for the fourth time in 2016.
The Gyoza Eating Championship instagram has posted the field for the competition in Los Angeles on August 20 which includes Joey Chestnut, Miki Sudo, the LeFevres, Badlands Booker, Pablo Martinez, Mary Bowers and Lesley Ryder.
The "Fat Molly" sandwich designed by Molly Schuyler has been added to the menu at Fat Sal's Deli in Los Angeles. The ingredients are: Cuban Roast Pork | Grilled Ham | Jalapeños | Pickles | Melted Swiss | Onion Rings | Fries | Mustard & Garlic Aioli.
Monrovia Days will hold a pie eating contest for five person teams on May 14 in Monrovia, CA awarding $300/$150/$50
While walking Wednesday, Kevin "LA Beast" Strahle was handcuffed by the Los Angeles Police who claimed he was a suspect in an assault. Yesterday, he went to the police station to seek information about his detainment.
LAist has a list of the 12 best All-You-Can-Eat Offers in Los Angeles.
HawkeyeSports has an article and gallery about the University of Iowa attending the Beef Bowl tonight, a pregame meal for Rose Bowl teams held at Lawry's. The event has not been an official eating contest since the 1960s. Stanford will visit the Beverly Hills steakhouse tomorrow. Elika Sadeghi got to dine with the Hawkeyes and posted a video of her meal. (Patch.com article)
John Rivera has been announced as the winner in the eating contest at Chit Chat Pizza in Van Nuys, CA. Jon Bello was the runner up and Jimmy Lin was 3rd.
Stephanie Wu reports that Chit Chat in Van Nuys, CA has extended its pizza eating contest. The three fastest times as of November 7 will win $250/$100/$50. Jimmy Lin and Kevin Ross are the current leaders.

Grantland.com competitive eating content

ESPN terminated its Grantland.com sports / pop culture website on Friday. Here are the competitive eating articles it published, read them while they are still in the archive if you are interested

  • June 2011, Patrick Michels on the inaugural Nathan’s women’s finals
  • July 2012, “Cousin” Sal Iacono on his attempt at an eating challenge in 1993
  • July 2013 Carles’ writeup of Honey Boo Boo episode where the star’s sister attempted the Pigzilla barbecue sandwich challenge at Papa Buck’s BBQ in Metter, GA
  • August 2013 Danny Chau asks “Can Matt Stonie Bring About a New Golden Age in Competitive Eating?”
  • August 2014, Danny Chau’s report on competing in the Little Tokyo gyoza contest

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Takeru Kobayashi defends Chronic Tacos title

update Nov 12 LA Taco has a contest report

update Nov 2 Hedonist Shedonist has a contest report

update Oct 31 LA Wonders has a contest report claiming Pat Bertoletti won $1000

update Oct 25 Erik Lamkin has a contest video

Results from Erik Lamkin

1st 144 Takeru Kobayashi new record
2nd 114 Pat “Deep Dish” Bertoletti
3rd 81 Erik “The Electric” Lamkin
4th 67 Edward Chin
5th 63 Kevin Ross
6th 50 Naader “Freak8r” Reda

Takeru Kobayashi ate 144 tacos in 10 minutes to defend his title at the Gringo Bandito Hot Sauce taco eating contest at Chronic Tacos in Redondo Beach, CA. Pat Bertoletti was the runner up with over 100.

Kobayashi vs. two pregnant women Friday on CBS Los Angeles

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