North Carolina eating challenges and contests category

Three random eating challenges
4 lb. burger Runaway Train Eating Challenge Old Stage Grill Yadkinville, NC includes 2 lb. cheese fries
3.5 lb. burrito Burrito Challenge Dirty Harry's Burrito and Juice Bar Wilmington, NC
pizza sandwich The Monster Lakeside Pizza Lake Lure, NC large ham and bacon pizza, topped with a cheese pizza lettuce, tomato, onion, fried chicken strips and ranch dressing in the middle
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Daily Advance reports that Bradley Hardison was arrested for allegedly breaking into a Dunkin Donuts in Elizabeth City, NC. He earlier received notoriety for getting arrested for a break-in in Camden, NC after winning a donut eating contest held by police in 2014.
An interview with Mort Hurst after he returned to competitive eating after a quarter century absence followning a 1991 stroke is one of the News and Observer's favorite videos of 2017.
Jennifer Martin ate 5 pounds of pho in 10 minutes to win an eating contest held at MOFU Shoppe Raleigh, NC on Saturday.
Tin Roof in Charlotte, NC will hold a hot dog eating contest on October 27 awarding $200 to the winner.
Mort Hurst returned from a quarter-century absence from competitive eating with a win at the Ayden (NC) Collard Festival. Hurst gained fame for his eating exploits in the late 1980s, then put his career on hiatus after suffering a stroke in 1991. has an article about his comeback. update WNCT has an article has a profile of Mort Hurst, whose eating feats achieved notoriety in the late 1980s. He will make a comeback at the Ayden, NC Collard Festival on September 9 after a 1991 stroke resulted in his retirement from competitive eating. update Sept 8article about Hurst's comeback
Eric "Badlands" Booker appeared on Fox 46 Charlotte to promote tomorrow's Nathan's qualifier at the 600 Festival, so presumably he is the favorite for that competition. Ronnie Hartman will also compete.

2017 Highway 55 Burgers

update The News & Observer has a contest report

The Hwy 55 facebook has a video of the contest end

Crabtree Mall has a facebook gallery

Derek Farley has a closeup contest video

1) Molly Schuyler 1:37 (new record)
2) Bob Shoudt
3) Darron Breeden
4) Dave Brunelli

The contest is expected to be broadcast on

“Beard Meats Food” trip to NC is not the first trip by a bearded Briton to that region; Blackbeard was pardoned for piracy by the colonial governor in June 1718.

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The field for the Hwy 55 Burgers contest May 20 in Raleigh, NC has been announced: defending champ Molly Schuyler, Bob Shoudt, Dave Brunelli, Wayne Algenio, Joe Menchetti, Will Millender, Darron Breeden, Nate Figueroa, Mark Lyle. Adam "Beard Meats Food" will make his USA sanctioned contest debut. update Dan "Killer" Kennedy will also compete and there is one space left available.
The Asheville (NC) Wing War will hold a wing eating contest on March 5 awarding $250 to the winner.
Charlene Sunny Williams has started a food challenge youtube channel. Her first video is the 28 inch pizza at Big Guy's in Charlotte.
The 2017 Hwy 55 Burgers eating contest will be an All Pro Eating event and take place May 20 at Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh, NC and award $2500/$1250/$500/$250. Previous contests were held at the NC Pickle Festival.
The NC Hot Sauce Festival will hold a pepper eating contest in Oxford, NC on September 10 awarding $1000 to the winner and $300 to the runner up.

2016 American Burger Co Roadstar Challenge

Full Results Part 1 | Part 2

1 Joey Chestnut, 4 in 4:24
2 Caremen Cincotti, 4 in 4:48
3 Gideon Oji 4 in 7:42
4 Josh Miller 3.125 in 12 minutes
5 Ronnie Hartman 2.5 in 12
6 Matt Raible 2 in 12
7 Bill Myers 1.75 in 12
8 Henry Roach 1.25 in 12

Joey Chestnut did a podcast about the challenge.

A list of the amateur competitors has been posted.

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American Burger Company has a page about its Roadstar burger Challenge at Amateurs can qualify for a contest awarding $500 on July 23 by having the fastest time at a location (mainly in Charlotte, NC area) as of July 15.
American Burger Co will hold an eating contest for amateurs on July 23 in Charlotte awarding $500. Entrants will need to qualify to compete. The contest will precede a MLE contest that will be headlined by Joey Chestnut.
Registration is now open for the American Burger Company Roadstar Challenge in Charlotte, NC on July 23. This will be the first MLE non-qualifier in the Carolinas, Georgia or Virginia since a funnel cake eating contest at Kings Dominion in Virginia in 2009. Registration is also open for the Nugget World Rib-Eating Championship in Sparks, NV on August 31.
There will be a hot dog eating contest at the the July 5 Durham Bulls game awarding $1000 to the winner. update The contest was in 2013 (via comment)

2016 Nathan’s Charlotte qualifier

update May 31 Charlotte Agenda has a contest report with a full roster

update May 29 The Sporting News has a contest report. The men’s top 3
1) David Schuster 21.5
2) Ronnie Hartman 18.5
3) Damien Boykin 16

Native New Yorker Elizabeth Petra was the sole woman, perhaps the female Carolinians boycotted due to the HB2 transgender bathroom law ;)

WCCB has a gallery

Steve Shuster won the men’s division with 21 and Elizabeth Petra took the women’s with 6

Ronnie Hartman ad Corey Fanguy are the expected ranked eaters. Rich Shea says a female will make her debut.

Mitchell Johnson and Anthony V. Taddeo did a podcast about the contest

SpeedStreetAutograph is claiming Michael Alvarez is a “semifinalist” who “rocked” last year’s qualifier despite a total of 11 hot dogs.

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The new poll asks what action, if any, Nathan's / MLE should take regarding HB2, North Carolina's controversial transgender bathroom law. Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam have cancelled concerts in the state to protest it and the NBA says it could move the 2017 All Star Game from Charlotte if the law is not repealed. The next Nathan's qualifier will be on May 28 at the Speed Street Festival in Charlotte.
Molly Schuyler ate a 55 ounce burger meal in under 2 minutes to defend her Highway 55 Burgers title at the NC Picklefest in Mount Olive, NC today. update Contest video from Molly Schuyler.
Teddy Delacruz was the first person to finish the 28 inch pizza challenge at Benny Pennello's in Charlotte, NC today and claimed a $500 prize.
Restaurant News has the field for Saturday's 55 (ounce burger) challenge at the NC Pickle Festival in Mt. Olive, NC sponsored by Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries: defending champ Molly Schuyler, Joe Menchetti, Dave Brunelli, Dale Boone and amateur Joe Hinstro.
Benny Pennello's in Charlotte, NC awards $500 if its 28 inch pizza is finished in an hour without help.
The Hwy 55 Burgers Five Five Challenge will take place April 23 at the NC Pickle Festival in Mount Olive, NC.
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