Saint Louis eating challenges and contests category

Three random St. Louis eating challenges
7 lb nacho plate Monster Nacho Challenge Hicks BBQ Company Belleville, IL
4 lb. spicy nachos 5 Alarm Challenge Firehouse Barbecue Granite City, IL
5 lb. burger The Hillbilly Challenge Hillbilly's Pevely, MO total weight about 10 pounds
(All St. Louis eating challenges and contests in database)

The Midwest Wingfest will hold wing eating contests in Fairview Heights, IL Saturday awarding $100/$50/$25 to the top 3 men & women.
Brandon "Da Garbage Disposal" Clark, runner-up in the St. Louis Nathan's qualifier, has started a youtube channel.

2017 St. Louis Nathan’s qualifier

Sophia DeVita has a travelog video

Results from facebook video
1) Erik Denmark 28
2) Brandon Clark 26.5

1W) Sophia DeVita 16
2W) Marlene Wigginton 9.75
3W) Allison 4
4W) Valerie

In the women’s contest Sophia DeVita will face Marlene Wigginton, who took a year off for pregnancy. This could leave the Naperville, IL women’s qualifier wide open if Sophia DeVita wins.

Erik Denmark is the only male entrant who has been mentioned. George Shea mentioned the controversy from his last qualifier in Washington, DC where he was accused of putting a hot dog in his pocket.

Joey Chestnut will be in attendance and serve as the judge.

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Registration is now open for two Nathan's qualifiers at MLB ballparks next month: Miami Marlins (April 15) & St. Louis Cardinals April 28.
DiGregorio's Market in St. Louis will hold a spaghetti eating contest tomorrow awarding $200 to the winner.
The St. Louis Cardinals produced a video of the April 16 Nathan's qualifier including interviews with Matt Stonie and Mary Bowers. The video lists the contest announcer's name as "George Shey".

2016 Nathan’s St. Louis qualifier

update April 19 has an article

update Juan Rodriguez and Mary Bowers won the contest. It appears their totals were 29 and 12. Taylor Coombs now has the women’s wild card lead.

Matt Stonie appeared on Fox2Now this morning.

Juan “More Bite” Rodriguez will face Matt Cohen, Matt Raible and Andrew Kogutkiewicz in his defense of his qualifier title.

Mary Bowers will seek her first victory in qualifier with multiple women when she faces off against Taylor Coombs. Marlene Wigginton will not attempt to threepeat the women’s qualifier due to her pregnancy.

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Matt Stonie will be present at Saturday's Nathan's qualifier in St. Louis but will not compete. Juan Rodriguez will look to defend his qualifier title while wearing Chicago Blackhawks gear.
Randy Santel reports that Molly Schuyler was the first person to finish the Pointersaurus challenge at Pointer's Pizza in St. Louis by herself, a 10+ pound pizza intended for pairs. Her time was 16 minutes. Molly is the third all female group to finish the challenge; Stephanie Wu & Stephanie Torres and sisters Pam & Jennifer Cooney did it previously.
Registration will open tomorrow at noon Central for the Nathan's qualifier at the St. Louis Cardinals ballpark on April 16.
Nathan's Famous is a sponsor for the Cardinals bobblehead promotion on April 16, so that is the probable date for the Saint Louis qualifier.
In University City, MO today, Market Pub House will hold a ghost pepper wing challenge and Racanelli's will hold a pizza eating contest. Both competitions will award Rams tickets.
Yasir Salem had the fastest time in the Tour de Donut in Staunton, IL on July 11 after receiving a time deduction of 250 minutes for eating 50 donuts while bicycling. His unadjusted time was 2:33 for the 32 mile course. (via Bucks County Courier)
STLSportsPage has interviews with Juan Rodriguez and Marlene Wigginton about representing St.Louis in the Nathan's finals.
T Mo's will hold an amateur only taco eating contest in Bethalto, IL on May 30 awarding $400 ($200 to the winner).

2015 St. Louis Nathan’s qualifier

update May 18 A press release announces that Guinness will claim the record for most selfies taken (4,296) was set at the game. It would be interesting to know how that total was obtained.

The Cardinals official website has a video (via Teryn Schaefer)


1) Juan “More Bite” Rodriguez 25
2) Kyle Hanner 16
3) Matt Raible 13

1W) Marlene Wigginton 10

Joey Chestnut appeared on KMOX yesterday

Personal bests for announced entrants

2014 Jul 4 6th 32 10 min Juan “more bite” Rodriguez Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest – men Brooklyn, NY
2013 Jun 2 5th 12 10 min Matthew Raible Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – men St. Paul, MN
2014 May 17 1st 9.5 10 min Marlene Wigginton Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – women St. Louis, MO

Previous Winners

2014 May 17 1st 27.5 10 min Sean “Flash” Gordon Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – men St. Louis, MO
2014 May 17 1st 9.5 10 min Marlene Wigginton Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – women St. Louis, MO

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The field for Saturday's Nathan's qualifier is expected to include Juan "More Bite" Rodriguez, Matt Raible & 2014 St. Louis women's winner Marlene Wigginton.
Nathan's Famous will sponsor a Guiness World Records attempt for the most selfies taken at one time in conjunction with the qualifier at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on May 16. Joey Chestnut will be in attendance.
Stephanie Wu announces that she set the house record at Crown Candy Kitchen in St. Louis with 9 milkshakes in 29:17, breaking a mark previously set by Joey Chestnut and Ben Monson.
Olivia Ragni announces that she completed the Pointersaurus challenge in St. Louis. She did the 30 inch pizza challenge at Gusano's in Arkansas two months ago. update Jan 28 Blake Ahrendsen was Olivia's partner

Stephanie Wu finishes Big Texan challenge in 30:40

Stephanie Wu announced that she finished the 72 ounce steak challenge at The Big Texan in Amarillo, TX in 30:40. This would make the five fastest times for women in the official finishers list (a fire destroyed pre-1991 records)

  • 4:59, Molly Schuyler, 2014
  • 9:58, Molly Schuyler, 2014
  • 30:40, Stephanie Wu, 2014
  • 32m, Carlene LeFevre, March 20, 2002
  • 32:24, Johanna Hickey, August 9, 2005

In a 2000 Ripley’s Believe it or Not program, Carlene LeFevre finished the steak challenge in 32 minutes, which was billed as a new women’s record. (Results from that episode do not appear in the finishers list).

update Nov 12 On her trip, Stephanie also set the women’s record for the milkshake challenge at Crown Candy Kitchen in St. Louis and the overall Onion Burger record at Dust Bowl in Tulsa.

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The St. Louis Rams website has a post about Kyle "The Hammer" Hanner, who is working in the marketing department for the franchise.
Former St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Ozzie Smith's new restaurant, Ozzie's Sports Bar & Gril, will offer a spicy wing challenge.
St. Louis Magazine has a gallery of yesterday's falafel eating contest at Cafe Natasha won by Kyle "The Hammer" Hanner.
The Riverfront Times has a blog entry about Cannibal Corpse singer George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher reportedly eating 112 hot dogs at the Gathering of the Juggalos' Hot Dog Eating Challenge.
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