Minnesota eating challenges and contests category

Upcoming eating contests
2019 Mar 31Hot Dog Eating Contest Bobbing Bobber Brewing Co Hutchinson, MN
2019 Apr 27Papaya Eating Contest Songkran Uptown Minneapolis, MN
$5,000 2019 Jun 22I Fortune Bay World Wild Rice Hotdish Eating Championship Fortune Bay Casino Resort Tower, MN
$5,000 2019 Nov 2I Fortune Bay World Indian Taco Eating Championship Fortune Bay Casino Resort Tower, MN
Three random eating challenges
36 inch pizza Randy's Pizza Challenge - 36 Inch Premier Pizza Oakdale, MN for 5, 3 or 2 person team
burgers Tender Maid Challenge Tender Maid Sandwich Shop Austin, MN
big burger King's Great Burger Challenge Kings Place Miesville, MN
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StarTribune.com has a preview of the Hotdish Eating Championship that will take place at Fortune Bay Resort Casino in Tower, MN.
Hopcat will hold fry eating qualifiers at its 17 locations (mainly in the midwest, but also Port St. Lucie, FL) on January 19. Winners will receive a $500 prize package and the chance to compete for a $2000 prize in Ypsilanti, MI in July. The chain previously called its signature side dish used in the competition "crack fries", but will changing the name because it was considered insensitive to drug addicts.

2018 Fortune Bay Indian tacos

Official results

1st 30.5 Geoffrey Esper new record
2nd 23.5 Joey “Jaws” Chestnut
2nd 23.5 Gideon Oji
4th 20 Miki Sudo
5th 19 Matt “Hungry” Hazzard
6th 15 George Chiger
7th 11 Brett Healey
8th 10 Matthew Raible
9th 3 Peter Boney
10th 2.5 Alex Cook

MLE (non-qualifier victories in 2018)
11 Joey “Jaws” Chestnut
10 Geoffrey Esper
3 Carmen Cincotti
3 Darron Breeden
1 Matt “Megatoad” Stonie
1 Miki Sudo
1 Gideon Oji

A win today for Joey Chestnut would clinch the most calendar-year victories for him with just one more competition remaining in 2018.

Joey Chestnut appeared on KBJR yesterday

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VirginiaMN.com has a preview of tomorrow's Indian taco eating contest at Fortune Bay Resort Casino in Tower, MN with quotes from competitors Joey Chestnut and Matt Hazard. Geoff Esper, Gideon Oji, "Mike Sudo" and Matt Raible are also expected to compete.
Defending champ Geoff Esper and Joey Chestnut are expected to compete in the World Indian Taco Eating Championship at Fortune Bay Resort Casino in Tower, MN on Saturday.
The Star Tribune Vacation & Travel Experience will hold falafel eating contests in Minneapolis on November 10 and 11 awarding trips to Israel.
Minnesota competitive eater Kai "Kai Eats World" Chan will appear on Wednesay's episode of TKO: Total Knock Out on CBS (trailer).
HometownSoure.com has an article about Ethan Teske setting the house record for the 20 scoop Tornado Sundae at Two Scoops, in Anoka, MN.

Geoff Esper defeats Chestnut at Fortune Bay Indian tacos

update Nov 8 Timberjay.com has a contest report

update VirginiaMN.com has an article

Joey Chestnut appeared on CBS3Duluth and KBJR 6 yesterday.

Results Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

1st 29 Geoffrey Esper
2nd 28 Joey “Jaws” Chestnut
3rd 23 Gideon Oji
4th 11 Matthew Raible
5th 9 Sean “2 Dolla” Nichols
5th 9 Mark Pedersen
5th 9 Doug Porter
8th 7 Billy Copenace
9th 6 Jesse Sympson
10th 5 George Echum
10th 5 John Tikkanen

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VirginiaMN has a preview of Saturday's World Indian Taco Eating Championship at Fortune Bay Casino in Tower, MN where Joey Chestnut and Gideon Oji are expected to compete. The article incorrectly claims it will be the first MLE Indian taco contest; Foodabluza held a competition in 2013.
KEYC.com has a video about Ethan Teske & Jeremiah Forster finishing the 30 inch pizza challenge at Fox Pizza in Madelia, MN last week in 16 minutes, believed to be a record for the entire chain.
Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo are expected to compete in the World Indian Taco Eating Contest at Fortune Bay Casino in Tower, MN on Saturday.
The Star Tribune Vacation & Travel Experience will hold taco eating contests in Minneapolis on Saturday and Sunday awarding trips to Mexico.
Southern Minnesota News has an article about Stephanie Wu and Jeremiah Forster finishing the 30 inch Mega Fox Pizza at Fox’s Pizza Den in Madelia, MN in about 30 minutes. They were the first pair to complete the meal after 17 unsuccessful attempts.

MLE upcoming contests as of August 2, 2017

Here are the upcoming contests on the MLE contest calendar. A kale eating contest in Hamburg, NY on August 13 and a Nathan’s qualifier in Nashville on October 10 have been recently added. A new taco eating contest in Tower, MN on November 4 will also be held. Registration is open unless specified otherwise.
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StarTribune has a report on Kai Phan's (who runs https://www.instagram.com/kaieatsworld/ attempt at the 10 pound pho challenge at iPho in St. Paul, MN. When he is not doing food challenges, Kai, works at Target as a store display designer.

2017 Mystic Lake tacos

update Videos Big Island MN
CBS Minnesota has an article

update MLE says they announced incorrect results and that Gideon Oji was actually second with 97 | Part 2

1st 126 Joey “Jaws” Chestnut new record
2nd 97 Gideon Oji announced as tying for 4th w 77 on stage
3rd 96 Miki Sudo
4th 90 Adrian “The Rabbit” Morgan
5th 77 Michelle “Cardboard Shell” Lesco
6th 68 Juan “more bite” Rodriguez
7th 38 Matthew Raible
8th 36 Andrew “The Bear” Kogutkiewicz
9th 30 John Lawrence also listed at 11th with 18
10th 20 Mike McFadden
12th 13 Peter Haugen

Results from facebook video
1) Joey Chestnut 126 (new record)
2) Miki Sudo 96 (after significant deductions)
3) Adrian Morgan 90
4T) Michelle Lesco 77
4T) Gideon Oji 77

Joey Chestnut, Miki Sudo, Gideon Oji, Adrian Morgan Juan Rodriguez, Michelle Lesco and Matt Raible are expected to compete

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Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo are expected to compete at The Taco Debacle World Taco Eating Championship at Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake, MN on May 5.
Registration will open tomorrow for the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel World Taco Eating Championship in Prior Lake, MN on May 5.
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will compete in a wing eating contest at Buffalo Wild Wings in Mankato, MN on Saturday August 6.
Molly Schuyler ate 30 burgers in 26 minutes at Tendermaid in Austin, MN yesterday to break the existing record by 13 burgers.
Keys' Cafe in Woodbury, MN will hold a pancake eating contest tomorrow awarding $150 to the winner.
SCTimes has an article on Jeremiah "Fit vs. Food" Forster of St. Cloud, MN, a former competitive bodybuilder. He has completed over 60 eating challenges.
Takeru Kobayashi ate 49 veal brain tacos last night to defend his title at the Zombie Pub Crawl in Minneapolis.
Applications are being accepted for competitors to face Takeru Kobayashi in the World Brain Eating Championship at the Zombie Pub Crawl in Minneapolis on October 17.
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