Ohio eating challenges and contests category

Upcoming eating contests
$500 2018 Feb 24 French Fry Eating Contest French Fry Heaven Cincinnati, OH
2018 Mar 3Hot Dog Eating Contest Lews Country Tavern East Mansfield, OH
2018 Mar 8Wing Eating Competition Old Skool Columbus, OH
($50)2018 Mar 10 Annual Coney Eating Contest Skyline Chili Columbus, OH
2018 Apr 28Pancake Eating Contest Geauga County Maple Festival Chardon, OH
2018 Apr 28Pizza Eating Contest Geauga County Maple Festival Chardon, OH
Three random eating challenges
big burger Burger Challenge Chef T's Pub Pickerington, OH
big bowl Giant Ramen Bowl Akashi Sushi Bar Dayton, OH
4 lb. burger Four Pound Burger Kirtland City Tavern Kirtland, OH
(All Ohio eating challenges and contests in database)

French Fry Heaven will hold french fry eating contests in Cincinnati and Tempe, AZ on February 24 awarding $500 to the winner. Entrants will need to qualify.
The Fairborn Herald has a profile of Ivan "the Avocado" Mendoza, who hopes to be ranked in the MLE top 10.
The Wright State student newspaper has a profile of Ivan "The Avocado" Mendoza, who is a senior with double majors in management and human resources who has a 4.0 GPA at that university. There is a also a video.
RIP "Tiny" Tim Rauscheder, who passed away on October 30 according to these youtube comments. LA Beast confirmed the passing on twitter. 2013 Cleveland.com article about Tim.
The Local: Clintonville in Columbus, will hold a taco eating contest on October 19 awarding $200 to the winner.

2017 Zinzinatti bratwurst contest

update Oct 16 Video interview with Sean Mulcahey before contest

update WLWT has an article and video

MLE wannabe has a video

The top 3
1) Joey Chestnut 49
2) Gideon Oji 35
3) Rich LeFevre 28
4) Derek Jacobs 21.5
5) Ivan Mendoza 20
6) Matt Hazzard 16

? Adam Clements of Local 12 News

WLWT has a Facebook video of today’s bratwurst eating contest in Cincinnati.

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Joey Chestnut, Gideon Oji, Matt Raible and Sean Mulcahey are expected to compete in the World Bratwurst-Eating Championship at Oktoberfest Zinzinatti in Cincinatti on September 17.
Jekyll in Cincinnati will hold taco eating contests starting tomorrow awarding $1000 to the top male and female.
Elise Jesse of WLWT faced off against University of Cincinnati lineman Korey Cunningham in a 6 pound burrito eating contest yesterday.
The Upper Deck in Akron, OH will hold a hot dog eating contest tomorrow awarding $300 to the winner.
News Herald has a report on Ivan Mendoza's victory in the shortcake eating contest at the Kirtland (OH) Kiwanis’ Strawberry Festival over four-time defending champion Nick Gordish.

2017 Cincinnati Reds Nathan’s qualifier

update Jun 3 MLE has a video

From the Facebook Live video
1) Derek Jacobs 23

1w) Meredith Boxberger 15

Nate Biller, Crazy Legs Conti and Meredith Boxberger are expected to compete.

The previous intersection of the Cincinatti Reds and competitive eating is pitcher Frank Pastore. His time of 9:30 for the Big Texan 72 ounce steak challenge in 1987 has only been surpassed by Molly Schuyler and Joey Chestnut.

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Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers is the most recent participant in First We Feast's Hot Ones wings of death challenge.
Ivan Mendoza announces that he was the first person to finish the "Uber Terminator" 3 foot bratwurst challenge at Meckelenburg's Garden in Cincinnati that was featured on "Ginormous Food".
Darron Breeden finished the Gyro CHallenge at South Side Six in Bowling Green, OH to claim the challenge prize of $666.
The Submarine House in Huber Heights, OH will hold the Super Duper Cheesesteak Challenge on April 22 awarding $1000 to the winner. Entrants need to qualify by eating a 16 inch sandwich in under 16 minutes by April 2. Semi-finals will be held from April 6 to April 13.
The Food Network's new eating challenge program "Ginormous Food" will record at Bard's Burgers & Chili in Latonia, KY later this month. The challenge meal will be an 11 patty "Triple Cincinnasti Burger.

Joey Chestnut defends Zinzinnati brats

update WLWT has an article

Results Part 1 | Part 2

1) Joey Chestnut 67 bratwurst in 10 minutes
2) Gideon Oji 40.75
3) Matt Cohen 29
4T) Scott Thomas 26
4T) Ethan Teske 26
6) Matthew Raible 18
7) Sean Mulcahey 16.25
8) Patrick Kelly 6.5
9) Sara Lamar 6.25

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Ramsey Hilton won the first prize of $500 in today's eating contest at Condado Tacos in Columbus.
Joey Chestnut, Gideon Oji, Matt Cohen, Matthew Raible and Sean Mulcahey are expected to compete in the Oktoberfest Zinzinnati bratwurst eating contest on September 17.
Condado Tacos in Columbus, OH will hold a taco eating contest on August 21 awarding $500 to the winner.
Guinness has certified the 325 participants in today's eating contest at the Ohio State Fair as the largest field for an ice cream eating contest.
The Ohio State Fair will hold what is billed as the world's largest ice cream eating contest in Columbus on August 3. They hope to have at least 250 participants.

2011 Flashback: Cleveland Scene profiles Scott Bickel

Flashback 2011 to Cleveland Scene’s profile of Scott Bickel (RIP) which included this section on how he hoped his competitive eating career could reverse the fortunes of his hometown:

The cult of Beefcakes Bickel has sprung forth from a specific time and place: post-LeBron Cleveland, a cityscape in a desperate scramble for self-esteem. The years of losing seasons, national punch lines, the very public breakup with our hero — it’s all taken its toll, shrinking our civic ego to that of a touchy teenager’s, always sucking in that gut and checking the fly.

Is relief on the way? With the city’s pro athletes useless to salve our wounds, a cottage industry has cropped up among the amateur ranks: the search for a championship — any championship whatsoever — for Cleveland. From women’s boxing to ultimate fighting to Harry Potter fandom, newsmaking residents are eager to bring distinction back home. Prime-time glory? Not exactly. This is ESPN3-caliber fame.

Bickel is the latest — perhaps greatest — of them. He decided early on that his mission would not be merely about himself, but about Cleveland. Some would raise championship banners. Bickel will raise hot dogs.

In January 2012, Scott Bickel took his life by jumping off a bridge.

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King of the Wings will hold a wing eating contest in Warren, OH tomorrow awarding $250 to the winner.
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