Illinois eating challenges and contests category

Upcoming eating contests
$100 2019 Apr 26 Pretzel Eating Contest Deja Vu Showgirls Springfield Springfield, IL
2019 Apr 27Hot Dog Eating Contest Windy City Wieners Normal, IL
2019 May 10Hot Wing Eating Contest Fat Ass 5K & Street Party for Charity Springfield, IL
2019 May 31Pie Eating Contest Arthur Strawberry Jam Festival Arthur, IL
2019 Jun 1Blizzard Eating Contest Dairy Queen Northbrook, IL
2019 Jun 8Donut Eating Contest Des Plaines Corps Des Plaines, IL
2019 Jun 15Haggis Eating Contest Scottish Festival & Highland Games Itasca, IL
2019 Jun 21Pie Eating Contest SuperZooPicnic Chicago, IL
2019 Jun 29Uncle Sam's Pie Eating Contest Byron Dragway Byron, IL
2019 Jul 4Pie Eating Contest Big Bash Highland Park, IL
Three random eating challenges
big breakfast Haystack Breakfast Challenge The Fish House Carlyle, IL 8 eggs, 8 servings of meats, 4 orders of hashbrowns, and 4 large biscuits
2.5 lb. burger Monster Shoe Challenge Carlinville Plaza Cafe Carlinville, IL 5 1/2 lb. burger patties & 5 pieces Texas toast
5 lb. burrito El Jefe Burrito Taco Village Des Plaines, IL
(All Illinois eating challenges and contests in database)

Michael Jenkins reports that a pair from Chicago probably consisting of Pat Bertoletti and Tim "Gravy" Brown had the fastest time for Cici's Pizza 28 inch challenge and won a prize of $2500. update The official time for Bertoletti and Brown was 7:25, about four minutes faster than the St. Louis team consisting of Brandon "Da Garbage Disposal" Clark and Kyle Hanner.
The Chicago Tribune has a report on "Mommy's Little PIggy" mashed potato eating contest held as part of "A Christmas Story Comes Home" in Hammond, IN on December 15.
ABC 7 has an article and video about yesterday's bao eating contest at Wow Bao in Chicago won by Teddy Delacruz. Jennifer Saito was runner up.
Brandon "Da Garbage Disposal" Clark won the first prize of $300 in today's pumpkin pie eating contest at Casino Queen in East St. Louis, IL.
Autumn on Parade in Oregon, IL will hold a donut eating contest on October 6 awarding $250 to the winner.
Bacci Pizza will hold a pizza eating contest on August 26 awarding $2500 to the winner. Entrants need to eat a jumbo slice to qualify.
Brandon Clark ate 33 hot dogs in 10 minutes to win $500 and defend his title at Heinkel’s Hot Dog Eating Contest at Decatur Celebration in Decatur, IL today. Kyle Hanner was the runner up with 18 hot dogs.
Brandon "Da Disposal" Clark ate 25 hot dogs in 8 minutes to win the first prize of $400 in Smilin Clyde's hot dog eating contest in Oak Lawn, IL. Teddy Delacruz was the runner up.f
Smilin Clyde's will hold a hot dog eating contest in Oak Lawn, IL on July 29 awarding $400 to the winner and $100 to the runner-up.
The Decatur Celebration will hold a hot dog eating contest in Decatur, IL on August 4 awarding $500/$250/$100. A qualifier will be held on July 14.
The Chi-Town Hot Sauce Expo will hold a Carolina Reaper pepper eating contest in Bridgeview, IL on June 24 awarding $1000 if the Guinness record is broken. Other spicy eating challenges will be held throughout the weekend.
Ribfest Chicago will take place from June 8 to 10 and the website has no listing of an upcoming eating contest. It would be interesting to know if the vegan stage-crashing played a role in the competition termination.
Spanish food challengers "Joe Burgerchallenge" and "Dave Cheats" have started a trip in Chicago in which they will do food challenges in restaurants along Route 66. The tour will conclude in Los Angeles where they will be part of a team attempting the 54 inch pizza challenge at Big Mama's & Papa's. update May 16 A four person team finished the 10 pound meatball sub challenge at Bartolini's in Midlothian in 4:48, IL and won $2500.
NBCChicago has an article about Juan Rodriguez and Sarah Reinecke attempting the 32 ounce "Mega Mary" Bloody Mary challenge at the Rib House in Crystal Lake, IL. Some of the toppings for the libation include a full slab of ribs, brats, sliders, 1/2 a chicken, doughnuts, cinammon rolls and a cantaloupe. update May 6 Facebook video of the attempt update< May 7 The Northwest Herald has an article about the attempts.
WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley is expected to attend a taco eating contest at Adobe Gila's in Rosemont, IL on April 8. There will be separate divisions for men & women.
Mamma Mia's in Rockford, IL will award $1,000 to an amateur competitive eater that can finish its Godfather sandwich challenge in under 10 minutes. $750 will be paid out if the finishing time is under 15 minutes and the prize is $400 if it is completed in under half an hour. (via 97Z)
Bartolini's in Midlothian, IL will award $2500 to a team of 4 amateurs if they can break Molly Schuyler's time of 6:51 for the 10 pound meatball sub challenge.

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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"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.
Molly Schuyler has uploaded a video of her attempt at the 32 inch Big Don pizza challenge with Tony Mitchell at Mama Mia's in Rockford, IL to win a prize of $500.
Von Garcon says he will award $200 to someone who can finish a 7 pound burrito in Chicago in under an hour. At least three challengers must attempt the meal.
Tony Mitchell ate 5 jumbo slices in 15 minutes to defend his title and claim the $2500 first prize in the Bacci Pizza Fest in Chicago.
Bacci Pizza will hold an eating contest in Chicago on September 30 awarding $2500 to the winner. (Previous Bacci contests have been amateur only). Entrants need to qualify by eating two jumbo slices in under 15 minutes.
NowDecatur.com reports that Brandon "da Garbage Disposal" Clark ate a contest record 27 hot dogs in 10 minutes to win the first prize at Heinkel’s Hot dog Eating Contest at Decatur Celebration in Decatur, IL.
The Slice Factory will hold a pizza eating competition on September 2 at Taste of Melrose Park in Chicago awarding $3500/$1000/$500. Entrants will need to eat two jumbo slices to qualify.
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