Des Moines eating challenges and contests category

Three random Des Moines eating challenges
6 pattie burger Triple Double Food Challenge Brick City Grill Ames, IA includes double order fries, 12 slices of cheese & 12 slices bacon
4 lb. burger Big Max Burger Grandma Max's Restaurant 4 Great Plains locations, NE locations in Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota & Kansas
big breakfast Hot Mess Express Tacopocolypse Des Moines, IA waffle, gravy, potatoes, cheese, scrambled eggs, slaw, beef, chicken & pork
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2018 Iowa State Fair Nathan’s Qualifier

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Des Moines Register article

Patrick Coughlin video

Article about Iowa competitive eater Mark Williams

Official results
1) Matt Hazzard 29.5
1W) Rene Rovtar 7 (sole female)

The Des Moines Register has a gallery of Matt Hazard eating 29 hot dogs at the Iowa State Fair to win the first qualifier of the 2018-19 Nathan’s circuit. A caption incorrectly claims that Jake Thompson was the victor of the 2017 qualifier actually won by Juan Rodriguez.

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Registration is open for the first Nathan's qualifier of the 2018-19 circuit at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines on August 11.

2017 Iowa State Fair Nathan’s qualifier

update Aug 17 Iowa Public Television has a video

Jesus Gonzalez video

Juan Rodriguez and Sophia DeVita are the favorites. Juan appeared on WeAreIowa yesterday.

Facebook Live video

Full Results Part 1 | Part 2

1st 28.5 Juan “more bite” Rodriguez
2nd 19 Jake Thompson
3rd 18 Matt “Hungry” Hazzard
4th 16.5 Mark “the muncher” Williams
5th 15.75 Matthew Raible
6th 9 Zach Adams
6th 9 Kameron Gray
6th 9 Andrew Kilborn
9th 6 Chris Branch

1W) Sophia DeVita 19 personal best (sole female)

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Registration is open for the first two qualifiers of the Nathan's 2017-18 circuit: Des Moines on August 12 and Portland, OR on September 4. The Portland qualifier will be the first northwestern site on the Nathan's circuit since at least 2004.
Direct Action Everywhere disrupted yesterday's Hilary Clinton rally in Des Moines to protest her relationship with wholesale club Costco (video) The vegan activist group previously stormed the stage of last month's Nathan's Famous finals and June's Chicago Ribfest eating contest.

Molly Schuyler to attempt two records in Des Moines

Molly Schuyler will attempt to break two records this weekend in Des Moines: her mark of 4:50 for the “Emmenecker Challenge” at Jethro’s BBQ on Saturday and the record for five pounds of bacon on Sunday. update Jethro’s is looking for competitors to face Molly. udpate Mar 28 The Des Moines Register and KCCI have articles. A video of Molly’s appearance on Great Day Des Moines is also available.

update March 28 #2 Molly finished the challenge in 2:55 to break her record. KCCI has an article and Simon Conway has a video

update March 30 KCCI reports that Molly finished five pounds of bacon in 5 minutes and 2 seconds.

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The Ames Tribune has an article about how Iowa State quarterbacks are eating more this off season to improve their arm strength. Former Kansas head coach Mark Mangino was recently named offensive coordinator for the Cyclones.
The Des Moines register has an article and video about Molly Schuyler defending her title at the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival yesterday. <b>update</b> Molly broke her record for the Emmenecker Challenge at Jethro's today: KCCI | Des Moines Register | video
Molly Schuyler won the eating contest held at the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival in Des Moines, IA with a total of 2 pounds in 3.5 minutes.
The Des Moines Register reports that Molly Schuyler broke the record (now 7:08) for the Adam Emmenecker challenge at Jethro's BBQ in Altoona, Iowa today. This was her fourth successful attempt at the sandwich.

Molly Schuyler & Eric Dahl finish 36 inch Randy’s Pizza challenge

The Des Moines Register has an article about Molly Schuyler’s attempt to become a four time finisher of the Adam Emmenecker sandwich challenge at Jethro’s BBQ. This afternoon she finished the challenge in Waukee, IA, but did not break the all-time record. Tonight, Molly will attempt the 36 inch challenge at Randy’s Pizza in Oakdale, MN with Eric Dahl and on Friday she will attempt the Adam Emmenecker at Jethro’s Altoona, Iowa location. The challenge will appear on an ABC5 News segment later today.

update Jan 17 Eric & Molly finished the 36 inch pizza as time expired. They complete the challenge at the 37 minute mark of the uStream video.

ABC5 has a video about Molly Schuyler (thanks for the eatfeats mention) finishing the Emmenecker challenge yesterday and USA Today has an article about her.

update Jan 18 More Molly Schuyler coverage: KCCI | Daily Mail | Des Moines Register video

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Molly Schuyler announces she finished the Adam Emmeneker challenge featured on the Des Moines episode of Man vs. Food. The facebook for Jethro's BBQ says her time of 7:39 was nine seconds off the record.
Andrea Crowley has a report for Drake (University) Magazine about her attempt at the Adam Emmenecker Challenge at Jethro's in Des Moines, Iowa.
Examiner.com reports that Robert "RoRo" Rothwell won the eating contest held at the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival in Des Moines, denying Manni Balignasay his fifth victory in a row.
The Des Moines Register has an article about Aaron Osthoff, who was named after Hank Aaron.
The Business Record has an article about how sales at the three Des Moines area restaurants featured on Man vs. Food have increased since their television appearance. Jethro's BBQ is selling 50 to 60 Adam Emmeneckers Challenges a day, up from 2 or 3 daily sales earlier in the year.
Adam Emmenecker has a behind the scenes report on the recording of the sandwich challenge bearing his name for the Des Moines episode of Man vs. Food

Man vs. Food October 6, 2010 (Des Moines) episode links

Travel Channel Episode Guide | Gallery

Restaurants

DesMoines.com article about Randy Santel’s recent trip to Des Moines, where he successfully completed four challenges in a weekend
List of Des Moines eating challenges and contests in the eatfeats database

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The promo clip for next week's Des Moines episode of Man vs. Food contains a segment about the Adam Emmenecker sandwich challenge. Randy Santel was the second person to complete the challenge last weekend.
Randy Santel reports he successfully completed 4 Iowa challenges this weekend, including the Adam Emmenecker challenge that will be featured in the upcoming Des Moines episode of Man vs. Food.
Examiner reports that the Des Moines Man vs. Food episode will be televised on October 6 and the restaurants featured in it will be the Highlife Lounge, Jethro's BBQ, and Black Market Pizza.
The Des Moines Register reports that Man vs. Food recorded in Iowa this weekend. The challenge was the Adam Emmencecker sandwich and the expected air date is October 6.

Bob Shoudt in Des Moines register

“Notorious” Bob Shoudt offers the Des Moines Register some of his competitive eating tips:

When you get to the contest (or the counter at B&B Deli), be confident and act like you know what you’re doing. Move your cups and plates around (in eating contests, there are usually a few cups of water for each competitor, and a couple of plates of food), and eat your food out of order. For example, if you and a friend are racing through the Combine at the Machine Shed, don’t eat the tenderloin, then the medallions, then the sausage. Work your way through all three at the same time, so your opponent can’t figure out exactly how much you’ve eaten. “Give as much misinformation as you can,” Shoudt said.

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MrBaconPants reports that Manni Balignasay has won the eating contest held at the Iowa Bacon Festival for the third year in a row.
A twitter update reports that Manni Balignasay has won the eating contest held at the Bacon Festival in Des Moines, Iowa for the second year in a row. Metromix Des Moines has an interview with Manny, who works as a personal trainer.
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