Chicago eating challenges and contests category

Upcoming Chicago eating contests
2019 Jun 1Blizzard Eating Contest Dairy Queen Northbrook, IL
2019 Jun 7Brown Bag Friday "Hot Dog Eating Contest" - celebrities Grundy Bank Morris, 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 15Jalapeno Eating Contest Libertyville Days Libertyville, IL
2019 Jun 16Strawberry Shortcake Eating Contest Strawberry Fest Huntley, IL
2019 Jun 16Hot Dog Eating Contest Libertyville Days Libertyville, IL
2019 Jun 21Pie Eating Contest SuperZooPicnic Chicago, IL
2019 Jun 22Taco Eating Contest Zombie Taco Chicago, IL
($15)2019 Jun 22 Mega Ice Cream Eating Contest Chicago Mike's Ice Cream Co Highwood, IL
2019 Jun 29The Italian Beef Sandwich of Destruction Chicago Hot Sauce Expo Chicago, IL
2019 Jun 29Spicy Taco of Hell Chicago Hot Sauce Expo Chicago, IL
2019 Jun 29Chucks Café Spicy Pulled Pork Challenge Chicago Hot Sauce Expo Chicago, IL
2019 Jun 29The Choco Challenge Chicago Hot Sauce Expo Chicago, IL
2019 Jun 29Deep Dish Pizza of Doom Challenge Chicago Hot Sauce Expo Chicago, IL
2019 Jun 30The Hot Diggity Dog Challenge Chicago Hot Sauce Expo Chicago, IL
2019 Jun 30Slaytanic Burrito Challenge Chicago Hot Sauce Expo Chicago, IL
2019 Jun 30Death Wing Challenge Chicago Hot Sauce Expo Chicago, IL
2019 Jun 30Carolina Reaper Pepper Eating Contest Chicago Hot Sauce Expo Chicago, IL
2019 Jul 4Pie Eating Contest Big Bash Highland Park, IL
2019 Aug 4Watermelon Eating Contest Kendall County Fair Yorkville, IL
Three random Chicago eating challenges
6 lb. burrito La Bomba Pepe's Mexican Restaurant Waukegan, IL
24 scoop sundae The Kitchen Sink D. W. Anderson's Eatery & Ice Cream Parlor Gurnee, IL served in actual kitchen sink
5 lb. sandwich Da Fat Italian Galto's Hot Dogs Streamwood, IL available once a month
(All Chicago 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.
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 "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 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.
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. an obituary page.
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.
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.

2017 Naperville, IL Ribfest Nathan’s qualifier

update The Chicago Daily Herald has a contest report that says two women competed.


Full men’s results Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

1st 30.5 Juan “more bite” Rodriguez
2nd 16 Eric Vernsten
3rd 15 Cody Malanowski
4th 11.25 Phillip Yang
5th 9.5 Derek Sanderson
6th 9 Dave Luthman
6th 9 Nick Needs
6th 9 Paul “The Douche” Zwiercan

1W) Marlene Wigginton 11

The contest has started according to the festival twitter.

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2017 Chicago Ribfest

Official results Part 1 | Part 2

1st 4.06 Gideon Oji
2nd 3.95 Miki Sudo
3rd 3.8 Michelle “Cardboard Shell” Lesco
4th 3.675 Adrian “The Rabbit” Morgan
5th 3.45 Juan “more bite” Rodriguez
6th 2.66 Sophia Devita
7th 2.34 Andrew “The Bear” Kogutkiewicz
8th 1.99 Matthew Raible

It appears Gideon Oji won the contest according to this picture

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The Vegan Chicago page has no plans to disrupt today's eating contest at the Chicago Ribfest. Last year, they announced their intention to crash the competition on the website.
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).
Registration is now open for the last two Nathhan's qualifiers: in Washington, DC June 224 and Naperville, IL July 1 (date changed from June 30).
The Chicago Ribfest will hold a MLE eating contest on June 9.
Myron Mixon's Smoke Show Barbecue will hold a bacon eating contest on March 11 awarding $500 to the winner.
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