Cincinnati / Southwest Ohio eating challenges and contests category

Upcoming Cincinnati eating contests
2018 May 18INathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier - women Cincinnati Reds ballpark Cincinnati, OH
2018 May 18INathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier - men Cincinnati Reds ballpark Cincinnati, OH
Three random Cincinnati eating challenges
3.5 lb. sub Monster Sub Challenge Sub Station II Florence, KY includes a pound of fries and a 32 oz. drink
2 lb. burger Two Pound Burger Challenge By Golly's Milford, OH includes one pound of french fries
5 burgers Big Burger Challenge Pee Wee's Crescent Springs, KY includes 27 oz. fries
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2018 Nathan’s qualifier schedule

Update: The schedule has been posted and registration is open for all qualifiers on
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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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.

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.

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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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".
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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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.
LA Beast will do an extreme eating demonstration at Bobby Mackey's Music World in Wilder Kentucky Saturday at midnight.

Joey Chestnut defends Zinzinnati bratwurst

update WCPO and local12 have videos. Joey did a pre-contest appearance on WLWT

Results of today’s bratwurst eating contest at Zinzinatti Oktoberfest
Official results part 1 | part 2 | part 3

1 Joey Chestnut 45 sausages
2T Scott Thomas 31
2T Gideon Oji 31
4 Bill Myers 20
5 Matt Cohen 19
6 Matt Raible 16
7 Andrew Kogutkiewicz 14.75
8 Liz McClurg 10

Comments (19) reports that Joey Chestnut, Jeff Butler, Danielle Gioia, Bill Myers and Matt Raible are expected to compete in the bratwurst eating contest at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati on September 20. has a report on today's coney dog eating contest. Shannon Smith (male) ate 13 frankfurters in 3 minutes to win.
Bleacher Report has a video of Tommy Kraemer attempting a five pound Reuben sandwich at Izzy's in Cincinnati. Another incoming Notre Dame offensive lineman, Dillan Gibbons, won a coney dog eating contest earlier this month.
Cincinnati Magazine has a list of five southwest Ohio eating challenges.

Joey Chestnut defends Zinzinnati bratwurst title

update Sept 22 has a video

WCPO has an article and gallery

Official Results Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
1) Joey Chestnut 50
2) Jeff Butler 34
3) Daniella Gioia 23.5
4) Wild Bill Myers 21.5
5T) Stephen George 17
5T) Matt Raible 17
7) Andy Gasper 15
8) Brian Lamar 8.5
9) Justin Purtee 7
10) Drew Lachey 6.33
11) Nick Lachey 6.25

Joey Chesntut has defended his bratwurst title with at Oktoberfest Zinzinatti with a total of 50 sausages. Former boy band members Nick and Drew Lachey also competed.

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Registration is now open for the Zinzinatti bratwurst eating contest in Cincinnati on September 21. The purse for the Buffalo Wing Festival wing contest has been increased to $5,000.
CVG airport (Cincinatti area) will hold a pie eating contest on May 15 awarding a trip to Tampa Bay / St. Pete (PIE) to mark the start of non-stop service to that  destination.  
The Cincinnati Reds will hold a "Bacon Challenge" at home games this season. Fans who can finish four one pound bacon sandwiches in an inning will get their meal and a T-shirt for free.  
Lori Kurtzman has a blog entry about covering Joe LaRue's failed attempt at the challenge burger at Joe's Diner in Cincinnati.

2013 Zinzinnati bratwurst contest

Results Part 1 | Part 2

1) Joey Chestnut 70
2) Miki Sudo 61.5
3) Adrian Morgan 46
4) Bill Myers 21.25
5) Andrew Kogutkiewicz 19.6
6) Matt Raible 17.5
7) Sean Mulcahey 16
8) Jacob Halicek 15
9) Tracy Goode 11
11) Megan Hartman 5

Joey Chestnut won with a total of 70 sausauges. Miki Sudo was runner up with 61.5. Both totals smash the previous event record of 42:

2012 Sep 22 1st 32 10 min Joey “Jaws” Chestnut Oktoberfest Zinzinnati World Bratwurst-Eating Championship Cincinnati, OH
2011 Sep 17 1st 35 10 min Joey “Jaws” Chestnut Oktoberfest Zinzinnati World Bratwurst-Eating Championship Cincinnati, OH
2010 Sep 18 1st 42 10 min Joey “Jaws” Chestnut World Bratwurst Eating Championship Cincinnati, OH

Joey Chestnut is the only expected entrant listed on the festival website. Miki Sudo has also said she will compete.

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Joe LaRue won a coney eating contest held today at Fountain Square in Cincinnati with a total of 14 dogs in 3 minutes. update WCPO has an article and video.

Michelle Lesco wins 2013 Hooters Cincinnati qualifier

Results Part 1 | Part 2
1) Michelle Lesco 152 wings
2) Juliet Lee 128
3) Brian Subich 120
4) Andrew Kogutkiewicz 112
5) Corey Fanguy 92
6) Matthew Raible 88
7T) Tracy Goode 84
7T) Sean Mulcahey 84
9) John “Ticket Wizard” 32
10) Jerry Fowler 10

A picture of the stage.

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