Connecticut eating challenges and contests category

Upcoming eating contests
2019 May 25Hot Dog Eating Contest Lake Compounce Bristol, CT
$1,300 2019 Jun 1 Pizza Eating Contest - female amateurs Zois Pizza Seymour, CT
2019 Jun 1Pizza Eating Contest - first responders Zois Pizza Seymour, CT
$1,300 2019 Jun 1 Pizza Eating Contest - male amateurs Zois Pizza Seymour, CT
$2,250 2019 Jun 1 Pizza Eating Contest - professionals Zois Pizza Seymour, CT
2019 Jun 2Paczki Eating Contest Little Poland Festival New Britain, CT
2019 Jun 29Taco Eating Contest Connecticut Taco Festival Bloomfield, CT
Three random eating challenges
12 in pancake sandwich Giant Pancake Sandwich Challenge Winsted Diner Winsted, CT 7 scrambled eggs, 8 pieces of American cheese, 1/2 cup diced ham, 6 sausage patties & 6 slices of bacon between 2 12 inch pancakes
72 oz. steak Big 72 Challenge The Country Diner Enfield, CT finshers at end of year will be entered into a drawing for $500 cash & $500 gift certificate
3 lb. spicy burrito Cinco Chiles Burrito Challenge SolToro Tequila Grill Uncasville, CT
(All Connecticut eating challenges and contests in database)

Zoi's Pizza in Seymour, CT will hold a pizza eating contest for professionals on June 1 awarding $1500/$500/$250 (entrants must raise at least $200 for charity). There will also be contests for pairs of male amateurs, female amateurs and first responders awarding $750/$350/$200 (teams must raise $300).
The Hartford Courant reports that the family of Caitlin Nelson is suing Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT for allowing a pancake eating contest on March 30, 2017 that resulted in her death following choking. The objective of the lawsuit is not just to exact monetary damages, but to "expose the danger of amateur eating contests and to prevent other families from experiencing such a tragedy".
The CT BBQ Fest will hold a bacon eating contest in Clinton, CT on November 10 awarding $500 to the winner. update The festival has been cancelled
The Hartford Courant has an interview with Jamie "Bear" McDonald, who used the prize money from winning the 2013 Wing Bowl to start his barbecue business, which now consists of 6 restaurants. His first experience with competitive eating was the Broken Yolk Iron Man challenge in San Diego.
Joe Menchetti won the first prize of $500 in Saturday's wing eating contest at Arooga's at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT.
Arooga's at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT will hold a wing eating contest on March 10 awarding a $150 Visa gift card. The second round on March 17 will award a $500 Visa gift card. Other Arooga's locations will also hold contests; the total amount of prizes on the circuit is listed as $1,300.
Graham Kist ate 50 latkes in 20 minutes to win an eating contest held last night at The Crown Market in West Hartford, CT.   
Newtown Bee has a report on the "Celebration of Kindness and day of remembrance" held in Newtown, CT on October 27 to honor Caitlin Nelson, who passed away after choking in a pancake eating contest held at Sacred Heart University in March.
The Hartford Courant has an article about Jamie McDonald's trip to Florida to serve barbecue from his restaurant, Bear's Smokehouse, to Hurricane Irma victims. His team is operating at Germain Arena in Estero, FL, site of a Nathan's qualifier earlier this year. McDonald estimates his organization,, has served 50,000 meals since arriving in Florida.
Jamie "The Bear" McDonald will compete in a hot dog eating contest at GoldBurgers in Hartford, CT on August 24.
The Connecticut Taco Festival will hold a taco eating contest in Danbury, CT on August 26 awarding $1000 to the winner. Registration is available for $40 today (usual fee $100).
Joe Menchetti edged out Dave Brunelli yesterday at Zoi's Pizza contest in Seymour, CT to win the event for the third year in a row an claim the first prize of $1500.

Choking in college pancake contest results in fatality

update April 10 The New York Post has an article about the funeral | Video about funeral

update April 6 A funeral mass will be held Saturday in Westfield, NJ. The official autopsy lists the cause of death as accidental asphyxia.

update April 5 InsideEdition has an interview with Fairfield Police Sgt. Mike Paris who says “Her mouth was compacted with pancakes, almost to her teeth.” (video)

The Fairfield Daily Voice reports that a college student who was hospitalizated aftter choking in a pancake eating contest at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT on Thursday passed away. The University held a vigil yesterday in her memory. update CTPost and TapInto have articles giving the name of the deceased as Caitlin Nelson from Clark, NJ. Her father, James Nelson, was a Port Authority police officer who passed away when the World Trade Center collapsed on September 11, 2001. update #2 The New York Post has an article reporting that Caitlin Nelson’s allergies were not a factor in the incident.

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A female student at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT was hospitalized yesterday after choking in a pancake eating contest held at a Greek Life dinner yesterday night. She is currently in stable but critical condition.
A podcast recorded at last week's BBQ eating contest held at Bear's BBQ in Hartford is available on youtube. MMA fighter Chael Sonnen and partner Brian Nichols combined to eat 4.7 pounds, which surpassed the 4.5 pounds eaten by restaurant owner Jamie McDonald. Will Millender offered advice to the winners and appears around the 32 minute mark of the podcast. (video recorded by Will Millender).
Jamie McDonald appeared on Chael Sonnen's podcast to discuss facing off against the MMA fighter in an eating contest at Bear's Smokehouse in Hartford on December 29. (competitive eating segment starts around 43 minutes). Spectators are welcome and there is no admission charge. The on how Bear's Smokehouse has raised the wage to at least $15 for most employees.
In his latest podcast (competitive eating section starts at 17:00), MMA fighter Chael Sonnen announces that he will face Jamie McDonald in an eating contest at Bear's Smokehouse in Hartford on December 29.
Foxwoods announces it will not hold a MLE turkey eating contest in 2016. This reduces the number of MLE contests awarding $10,000 or more in 2016 to 2 (Nathan's & Hooters wings), half of the number in 2015. The 2015 Arizona Sports Expo wing eating contest awarding $10,000 was not brought back.
The team of Wayne Algenio, Dave Brunelli and Dave Wood won the first prize of $1500 in today's pizza eating contest at Zoi's Pizza in Seymour, CT. update April 22 WPLR has a gallery
Eastern Connecticut State Student Nicole Coughlin wrote a column for Odyssey titled "Confessions of a Girl Who Loves Food" celebrating her eating ability.
Zoi's in Seymour, CT will hold a pizza eating contest for 3 person teams on April 19. According to Stephanie Wu, the purse will be $2500 ($1500 to winning trio). Teams must raise at least $300 to compete.
Brandon "Feast Mode" Carr won this morning's paczki eating contest at Eddy's Bakery in Ansonia, CT. Defending champion Manny Cambra was runner up.
Eddy's Bakery in Ansonia, CT will hold a paczki eating contest on February 9 awarding $200 ($150 to the winner).
CT Mirror reports Connecticut governor Dan Malloy visited Bear's Smokehouse in Hartford to promote owner Jamie McDonald's policy of hiring ex-offenders for his restaurant.

Miki Sudo upsets Joey Chestnut at Foxwoods Turkey

update Videos: snapchat | Doug Schwartz

Update The Norwich Bulletin has an article and gallery

Official results Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

1st 8.8 Miki Sudo 1st win vs Chestnut or Stonie since 2013
2nd 8.4 Joey “Jaws” Chestnut 2nd non-Stonie loss of year (Morgan @ Native Wings)
3rd 5.7 Geoffrey Esper
4th 5.4 Michelle “Cardboard Shell” Lesco
5th 5.2 Gideon Oji
6th 5 Yasir Salem
7th 4.8 Juan “more bite” Rodriguez
8th 4.6 Eric “Badlands” Booker
9th 4.3 Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas
10th 3.2 Daniella Gioia
11th 2.8 William “Wild Bill” Myers
12th 2.4 Crazy Legs Conti
13th 1.2 Brian Woodard
14th 1 DJ Douglas

update Adam Benson reports that Miki Sudo has upset Joey Chestnut

Joey Chestnut appeared on Fox 61 yesterday and said he had a upcoming lobster eating contest which has yet to be added to the MLE calendar.

Winners of previous IFOCE/MLE turkey contests

2014 Nov 22 1st 9.35 10 min Joey “Jaws” Chestnut Foxwoods World Turkey-Eating Championship Mashantucket, CT
2011 Nov 22 1st 5.25 10 min Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas Wild Turkey 81 Eating World Championship Manhattan, NY
2007 Oct 10 1st 6.91 8 min Pat “Deep Dish” Bertoletti MLE Chowdown – whole turkeys Las Vegas, NV
2006 Nov 22 1st 4.8 12 min Pat “Deep Dish” Bertoletti Axia 3 Thanksgiving Invitational Manhattan, NY
2005 Nov 23 1st 4.19 12 min Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas Thanksgiving Invitational Manhattan, NY

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