Raleigh / Durham eating challenges and contests category

Upcoming Raleigh eating contests
$100 2018 Jul 19 Cannoli Eating Contest Valentinos FoodTruck Raleigh, NC
Three random Raleigh eating challenges
42 oz. steak Tomahawk Chop Angus Barn Raleigh, NC no prize listed for finishing, restaurant where Peyton Manning's waiter was fired after publicizing his tip
6 wraps French Fry Wrap Challenge Ba-Da Wings Raleigh, NC also a Carrboro, NC location
55 oz. burger 55 Challenge Highway 55 Burgers Shakes & Fries (over 100 eastern NC sites), NC free if eaten in under 30 minutes with fries & 24 oz. soft drink
(All Raleigh eating challenges and contests in database)

2018 Hwy 55 Burgers contest

update June 10
Videos: Beard Meats Food | Brandon Clark | Derek Farley | Knee Tree | Knee Tree results
Articles: ABC11 | CBS17 | FoodNewsFeed

update The top 4 have been announced

1st 1m25s $2,500.00 Molly Schuyler Plumas Lake, CA
2nd 1m42s $1,250.00 Pat Bertoletti Chicago, IL
3rd 1m46s $500.00 Dan Kennedy
4th 1m48s $250.00 Bob Shoudt Royersford, PA

Facebook Video of contest. Around minute 23, Leah Shutkever is announced as having finished before Adam “Beard Meats Food” Moran and is granted the unofficial title of UK’s best competitive eater.

Brandon Clark and Bob Shoudt did a pre-contest Q & A session.

I think this will be the first matchup of Adam “Beard Meats Food” Moran and Leah Shutkever since the UK Battle of Battle Eaters qualifier in 2015.

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Yesterday Yasir Salem was the top fundraiser for the Doughman quadrathlon, the subject of the Durham, NC episode of Man vs. Food. Instead of competing on a four person team, he did all four stages of the race (running, biking, swimming, eating) by himself.
Additional entrants for the Hwy 55 Burgers Shakes & Fries World Hamburger Eating Championship at Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh, NC on June 2 have been announced. The current field is Molly Schuyler, Wayne Algenio, Adam "Beard Meats Food" Moran, Leah Shutkever, "Notorious B.O.B" Bob Shoudt, Dan "Killer" Kennedy, Erik "The Electric" Lamkin, Patrick Bertoletti, "Da Garbage Disposal" Brandon Clark, Nathan Figueroa, Alex Thomas, Nick Wehry and Jon Drushel. Spots are still available.
All Pro Eating announced that The Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries World Hamburger Eating Championship will return to Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh, NC on June 2. The contest format has been changed to a fixed time of 5:55 and the purse will be $2500/$1250/$500/$250. Beard Meats Food reported that Leah Shutkever had received an invitation in a recent podcast with Wayne Algenio an Darron Breeden. (around 19 minute mark)
Chronic Tacos will hold a taco eating contest in Raleigh, NC on March 24 as part of its grand opening celebration. "Wee Man" of Jackass is expected to attend. (I have not seen anything about the return of the Gringo Bandito Chronic Tacos Challenge in 2018; the Sabroso Taco Fest website has no mention of an eating contest.)
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.

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 https://www.facebook.com/Hwy55burgers/

“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 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.
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)
Jeff "FaFa" Woods passed away after experiencing chest pains while running the first mile of the five mile Krispy Kreme Challenge in Raleigh, NC yesterday. The incident occurred before the midpoint of the race where competitors consume a dozen Krispy Kreme dougnuts. Woods was 58 years old and not a regular runner according to his friends.
The Healthy Harvest Festival in Benson, NC will hold a sweet potato pie eating contest on October 24 awarding $500 to the winner.
NewsOberver.com has a report on yesterday's Doughman "Quadrathlon" in Durham, NC, an event where competitors are required to eat various items between stages of a triathlon.
The Doughman Quadrathlon, the challenge in the Durham, NC episode of Man vs. Food, will return on May 23 after a one year hiatus.

Ghassan Al-Hadhrami wins Krispy Kreme Challenge

Ghassan Al-Hadhrami ran 2.5 miles, ate 12 donuts, then ran back 2.5 miles in 28:50 to win the Krispy Kreme Challenge in Raleigh, NC today. 2 time winner Tim Ryan, who has competed in several MLE contests, finished sixth. Meredith Boxberger finished the challenge in 57 minutes.

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Registration is open for the 2015 Krispy Kreme Challenge that will take place on February 14 in Raleigh, NC. The competition consists of a five mile race where entrants are required to eat 12 donuts at the midpoint. In previous years, 8,000+ spots have been filled before race day. The challenge facebook has a link to a picture of a Krispy Kreme decorated like a football with the caption "Ours are fully filled".
The Harvest Festival in Benson, NC will hold a sweet potato pie eating contest on October 25 awarding $500 to the winner.
The NC Hot Sauce Festival in Oxford, NC will hold a pepper eating contest on Saturday awarding $300 to the winner.
Tasty 8's will hold a hot dog eating contest in Raleigh, NC on July 4 awarding $250.
The Durham Bulls will hold a hot dog eating contest at their July 2 game awarding $750 ($500 to the winner). Entry is restricted to North Carolina residents who are not professional eaters.
The Pit in Durham, NC was robbed after posting a "No Weapons, No Concealed Firearms" sign in its window. The Raleigh location of the barbecue restaurant appeared in the North Carolina episode of Man vs. Food
Grayson Currin has an article for IndyWeek.com about winning a pepper eating contest held at the Ninth Street Bakery in Durham, NC last week.  
Tim Ryan from Allendale, NJ ran 5 miles and ate 12 donuts in 30:10 to win yesterday's Krispy Kreme Challenge in Raleigh, NC. The female runner-up, Brenda Wilson, was 56.  
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