New York City eating challenges and contests category

Three random New York City eating challenges
tacos Taco Eating Record Hop Devil Grill Manhattan, NY
1/2 lb. burger The Beast Crypt Cafe @ Times Scare Manhattan, NY served between 2 grilled cheese sandwiches
big pancake Pancake Challenge Dizzy's Diner Brooklyn, NY
(All New York City eating challenges and contests in database)

Ebay.com is selling a document for $3,995 labeled as a "NY Baseball Writers Scorecard" signed by Babe Ruth. (via HomeRunDirect)
The 2019 MLB schedule has been released and Nathan's Famous will sponsor the cap giveaway on June 16, so the traditional Father's Day qualifier will probably take place on that date.
Jenn Cheng has started her youtube channel with a video of her attempt at the Supersize Mi Pho Challenge at Mi Noodle Bar in Manhattan. The meal is billed as the first NYC pho challenge.
Darron Breeden spliced footage of Wayne Algenio competing in the 2017 Mets Nathan's qualifier with the broadcast of the 2018 finals to make it appear he was competing in that event.
Dave Brunelli (69 wings in 8 minutes) and Jenn Cheng (47 wings) defended their titles in tonight's eating contest at Stitch in Manhattan. (via https://www.instagram.com/wayneywonder29/ stories)
Stitch in Manhattan will hold a wing eating contest tomorrow. According to Stephanie Wu, the contest will award $250/$100/$50 to the top 3 men and women.
Dave Brunelli ate 24 sausages to win the first prize of $500 in last night's bratwurst eating contest at Bierhaus in Manhattan. Bob Shoudt and Joe Menchetti tied for runner up with 20 and both received $500. update Wayne Algenio competed as "Notorious B.O.B"
Bedford and Bowery has a report from a competitor in the Friday's San Gennaro cannoli eating contest containing an interview with winner Wayne Algenio, who thinks he ate 24 pastries (He was credited with 33). The competition was the first of three victories for Wayne in New York City this past weekend. (In the other two contests he received a handicap against amateur competition.)
Hofbrau Bierhaus in Manhattan will hold a bratwurst eating contest on October 20 awarding $750/$500/$250.
Registration is open for the 15th Annual Chef One Dumpling Eating Contest at the Atlantic Antic in Brooklyn on September 23. The top 3 men and wommen will win $2000/$1000/$500. (via Stephanie Wu).
The July 4 event for Takeru Kobayashi in 2018 will be a fundraiser for New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon at the Kings County Distillery in Brooklyn.
The Dromedary Bar in Brooklyn will hold a burger eating contest on July 4 awarding $200/$100/$50.

2018 Mets Nathan’s qualifier

Official results.

Fink Beats the Stomach has the winners

1st 34 Nick Wehry avoids being 1st person to eat 33+ hot dogs in qualifier and not make finals
2nd 28 Brian “Dud Light” Dudzinski
3rd 14 Michael “Big Hoss” Deitz
4th 13.25 William “Wild Bill” Myers
5th 10 Oliver Brooks
DQ ? John Sharkey
1st 7 Prudence DiBenedetto
2nd 6 Bailey “Ott Dog” Ott thought she should have won

Bailey Otter might have eaten more than winner

If Nick Wehry does not win today’s qualifier, he will be the first person to do 33+ hot dogs in a circuit and not make the finals. Previous competitors who hit that mark either won a subsequent qualifier or received the wild card. The previous high for not making the finals was Pat “from Moonachie” Philbin’s 32 in 2009.

Non-winning 32+ qualifier performances
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Bidding for good is currently taking bids on a judgeship at the Nathan's finals. The current bid is $100 and bidding closes tomorrow. Moeny received will go th the Childern's Museum of the Arts.
NYDailyNews has an article about the possibility of a partnership between Takeru Kobayashi and Feltman's of Coney Island, whose founder claimed to have invented the hot dog in 1867. Feltman's owner Michael Quinn says "We'd love to work with him in the future. I'd have to see if we could afford him."
Merrit K has an essay about Kevin "LA Beast" Strahle's yotube channel for Real Life Magazine, which he calls "much more in common with extreme pornography than traditional athletic performance". His video's will be part of an exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens starting Friday.
Wayne Algenio won today's EastMeetEast Singles Ramen Eating Competition held at the Gotham West Market. Takeru Kobayashi was the judge. update Extra Crispy has an interview about the event with Kobayashi who ate three bowls of ramen in 19.6 seconds before the contest. update Apr 30 Wayne Algenio has a video
Takeru Kobayashi will judge and do an exhibition at a ramen eating contest sponsored by the dating website EastMeetEast in New York City on April 23. A Craigslist post seeks female competitive eaters for the contest.
Kevin "LA Beast" Strahle ran the New York City Half Marathon in 2:06:39 this morning.
Bob Shoudt & Wayne Algenio teamed up to eat a bucket of meatballs in 32 seconds at the Meatball Shop in Williamsburg, NY and win the first prize of a 10 person food and drink party on Daniel's Chicken Bus. Bob Shoudt also ate 48 meatballs at That Meatball Place in Patchogue, NY to win $1000. update Wayne Algenio video

2018 Nathan’s qualifier schedule

Update: The schedule has been posted and registration is open for all qualifiers on http://www.majorleagueeating.com/contests.php
Notable omissions include all NASCAR qualifiers and the NYNY Casino in Las Vegas which has held a qualifier every year since at least 2003. The Mets ballpark takes over as the longest running qualifier site.

MLE announces that the 2018 Nathan’s qualifier schedule will be released at 2pm Eastern today.

The Cincinnati Reds May 18 and the New York Mets June 24 are probable sites since Nathan’s Famous is listed as a sponsor for those game dates.

A qualifier will not be held at the San Antonio Big League Weekend next month since that event will not take place in 2018 due to the NCAA Final Four being held at the Alamo Dome.

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The New York City Hot Sauce Expo will hold 7 spicy eating contests over April 21 and 22. $1000 will be awarded if the Guinness record for eating Carolina Reaper peppers is broken.
Nef Jones has placed a casting call for a New York City area competitive eater to appear in a food-related ad for the TNT cable network. The winner will receive $1500 for a shoot the week of March 12.

2018 Finkies awards winners

The Fink Beats the Stomach announced the winners of their “Finkies” awards for 2017, which were based on online polls:

Rookie of the Year: Rene Rovtar
Showman of the Year: Beard Meats Food
Male Competitive Eater of the Year: Joey Chestnut
Female Competitive Eater of the Year: Michelle “Cardboard Shell” Lesco
Emcee of the Year: Eric “Badlands” Booker

Darron Breeden did not agree with the Rookie of the Year choice. Molly Schuyler and Miki Sudo have yet to comment on the Female of the Year award.

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