Syracuse / Central New York eating challenges and contests category

Upcoming Syracuse eating contests
2018 Apr 7Pancake Eating Contest Central New York Maple Festival Marathon, NY
2018 Jun 3INathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier - men Taste of Syracuse Festival Syracuse, NY
2018 Jun 3INathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier - women Taste of Syracuse Festival Syracuse, NY
Three random Syracuse eating challenges
2 lb. burger Two Pound Burger Mountainview Restaurant Preble, NY
big burger Burger Challenge Dino's House of Burgers Oswego, NY
5 lb. burger Five Pound Big Burger and Cheese Fries TJ's BBQ Lowville, NY includes cheese fries
(All Syracuse eating challenges and contests in database)

Dave Brunelli ate 22 hot dogs in 5 minutes to take the first prize of $500 in Saturday's contest held by the Utica (NY) Observer-Dispatch to celebrate its 200th birthday. (Gallery)
A hot dog eating contest awarding $500 to the winner will take place at the Utica (NY) Observer-Dispatch's 200th birthday party Saturday. The event was to have been held August 12, but was rescheduled due to weather.
Sergey Lyubezhanin ate 2.22 pounds of corn in 2:30 to win the first prize of $1000 at the Schuyler Corn Competition and Car Show in Utica, NY on Saturday. Joe Menchetti was the runner up with 2.15 pounds.
The Observer-Dispatch newspaper will hold a hot dog eating contest awarding $500 on August 12 as part of its bicentennial celebration.
A corn eating contest will be held August 5 in Utica, NY awarding $1000 to the winner.
The Syracuse Polish Fest will hold a pierogie eating contest on June 25 awarding $250 to the winner.

2017 Taste of Syracuse Nathan’s qualifier

update Jun 4 American Fast Food Stories has a video

update has a report

Official results Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
After no femaleless qualifiers from 2011-2016, the Syracuse qualifier appears to be the 2nd uncontested women’s division in 2017 after the Miami Marlins qualifier :(

1) Steve Hendry 30
2) Dan “Killer” Kennedy 26
3) William “Wild Bill” Myers 14.5
4) Tom Moore 10
5) Roger Green, Jr. 9
6T) Charles Curio 5
6T) Erik Johnson 5
6T) Allen Walz, Jr. 5

Steve Hendry and Bill Myers are expected to compete.

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The Chemung County Historical Society has a blog entry about competitive eating in the Elmira, NY area.
A corn eating contest will be held in Schuyler, NY on August 13 awarding $800 to the winner.

2016 Nathan’s Syracuse qualifier has an article and video about the qualifier

Ryan Siciliano has the winners from today’s Nathan’s qualifier in Syracuse. Larell Marie Mele says she took the women’s wild card lead. Results part 2

1) Geoff Esper 34.5
2) Yasir Salem 31, takes men’s wild card lead
3) Jim Reeves 23
4) Ryan Siciliano 16
5) Steven Dorgo 15
6) Bill Myers 14.5
7) Jesse Kanula 13
8) Don 8
9T) Kevin Belbey 7
9T) Derek 7

1W) Meredith Boxberger 21
2W) Larell Marie Mele 14.5, takes women’s wild card lead

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Geoff Esper, Eric "Badlands" Booker, Meredith Boxberger and Larell Marie Mele are expected to compete in the Nathan's qualifier at Taste of Syracuse Saturday. Crazy Legs offers some tips for spectators and Rich Shea claims that a town record will be set (Takeru Kobayashi ate 110 bunless Hoffman hot dogs in 2012)
The Syracuse Polish Festival will hold a pierogie eating contest on June 12 awarding $250 to the winner.
The American Diner in Liverpool, NY offers a one pound “The Anti-Michelle Obama, Don’t Tell Me What to Eat or Feed My Kids Burger” that awards a T-shirt or hat to a customer that finishes it. (via
Eric Simonds ate 1.74 pounds of corn in 90 seconds to win the first prize of $500 in Saturday's contest in Schuyler, NY.
Schuyler, NY will hold a corn eating contest on August 8 awarding $575 ($500 to the winner).
Nela Zisser is not the only pageant winner with competitive eating credentials. New Miss Rhode Island Alexandra Curtis won a wing eating contest when she was at Syracuse University. According to a 2012 interview, she was wearing a Hilary Clinton Halloween costume when she won the competition.
Lauren Mazzo has a blog entry about her attempt at Pinesburger challenge at the Glenwood Pines in Ithaca, NY. has an article about Trevor Harmon, billed as the most decorated eater in Auburn, NY who will look to regain his title at the Ukrainian National Club's Pierogi Eating Contest Saturday.
Pitcher Ryan Tatusko of the Syracuse Chiefs (Washington Nationals minor league team) has made a request for Bob Shoudt to do an eating exhibition in upstate New York.
The Syracuse University student newspaper has an article about Eric "Badlands" Booker accompanying ToTs, a peformer who bills himself as the "potato rap pioneer". has an article about Hofmann's Hot Dogs strategy to become a national frankfurter brand which includes signing Takeru Kobayashi on as an endorser and minority investor. The company plans to hold hot dog eating contests on college campuses. (via Teri Weaver)

Takeru Kobayashi eats 110 bunless hot dogs at New York State Fair

update Aug 27 has a video

DMagazine reports that Kobayashi will compete in a hot dog eating contest at the Texas State Fair in Dallas on October 16.

Joey Chestnut called Kobayashi’s sponsor “nasty Hoffman crap dogs” and then engaged in a twitter feud with the sausage maker: thread 1 | thread 2 The Sports Hernia has a blog entry wondering if Shea Communications authorized Joey’s tweets.

update 6:58 article and gallery about the exhibition

update 6:04 Kobayashi unofficial total is 110 hot dogs.

update 5:55 A picture of the stage
Basketball player Dwayne “Pearl” Washington will serve as celebrity counter

Takeru Kobayashi will attempt to eat 100 hot dogs without buns at the New York State Fair in Syracuse this evening to set a new record. (The only bunless hot dog record I am aware of it Lynda Kuerth’s mark of eating 23 frankfurters in 3:10 in 1977 recognized by Guinness, which stopped maintaining speed eating records in the early 1990s.) Video of Kobayashi at the NY State Fair.

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Takeru Kobayashi will attempt to set a record for most bunless Hofmann hot dogs eaten in 10 minutes at the New York State Fair in Syracuse on August 26.

Kobayashi / Hofmann partnership details and DMagazine have articles about Takeru Kobayashi’s press conference this morning where his partnership with Hofmann Hot Dogs was officially announced. Some notes:

  • Takeru Kobayashi will own 50% of a new division Hofmann has created to produce a Kobayashi-branded hot dog.
  • Hofmann is planning to open a restaurant in Dallas, possibly as soon as September. (Cowboys legend Roger Staubach is another Hofmann part-owner, so that might be the reason for the location.)
  • Kobayashi will compete in a hot dog contest against a “ferocious competitor” at the Great New York State Fair on August 25.

Comments (33) reports that Hofmann Hot Dogs has added Takeru Kobayashi as a business partner / brand ambassador. The partnership will officially announced at a press conference at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino. Kobayashi might compete in a Hoffman hot dog eating contest at the New York State Fair.
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