Tennessee eating challenges and contests category

Upcoming eating contests
2018 May 26Deep-Fried BBQ Eating Championship Exit 56 Blues Fest Brownsville, TN
2018 May 26Hot Pepper Eating Contest Nashville Taco Festival Nashville, TN
2018 May 26Taco Eating Contest Nashville Taco Festival Nashville, TN
($25)2018 Jun 16 Wing Eating Contest Big Kahuna Wing Festival Knoxville, TN
($25)2018 Jun 16 XXX Wing Eating Contest Big Kahuna Wing Festival Knoxville, TN
2018 Jul 1Pie Eating Contest Red, White and Blueberries at Chattanooga Market Chattanooga, TN
2018 Jul 4Hot Dog Eating Contest American Downtown Greeneville, TN
Three random eating challenges
30 oz. burger Chubby Burger Hot Rod's 50's Diner Alcoa, TN also a Maryville location
18 scoops of ice cream w/toppings The Yeti Big Foot Lodge Memphis, TN
burgers Burger Record Jack Brown's Beer and Burger Joint Murfreesboro, TN
(All Tennessee eating challenges and contests in database)

KnoxNews.com has an article about Matt "Sweet Tooth" Cohen's victory in the 4/20 Sandwich Challenge held at It's All so Yummy Cafe in Knoxville, TN on Friday.
The Slawburger Festival will hold a Slawburger eating contest in Fayetteville, TN awarding $500/$200/$100 on April 21. The top woman and Lincoln County resident will also get $100.
The Southern Hotwing Festival will hold a wing eating contest in Memphis on April 21 awarding $400 to the winner.
The Fink Beats the Stomach has an interview with the winners of the Nathan's qualifier in Nashville in October 2017, Brynn Szeles and Ronnie Hartman, who has moved to Buffalo to pursue a professional wrestling career. Brynn has been a competitive eating fan for over a decade, but could not compete in a qualifier due to living in Hungary.
The Memphis Flyer has an article about Mike "Big Eater Mike" Whities and Brett Healy setting the new record of 37:58 for the 12 pound King Kookamonga two person burger challenge at Kooky Canuck in Memphis.
"Big Eater Mike" Whities and Brett "Branimal" Healy set a new record of 37:58 for the 12 pound two person King Kookamonga burger challenge at Kooky Canuck in Memphis.
update Dec 29 The Tennessean has a video update "Orvile Fartwell" has a video of the contest The top five from todays Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl World Hot Chicken Eating Championship Featuring Hattie B's Hot Chicken in Nashville
1st4Molly Schuyler defends title
2nd3.33Brandon Clark
3rd3Dan "killer" Kennedy
4th2.75Bob "The Notorious B.O.B." Shoudt
5th1.75Ryan Best
Defending champion Molly Schuyler, Bob Shoudt, Dan Kennedy and Brandon Clark are expected to compete in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl World Hot Chicken Eating Championship featuring Hattie B's Hot Chicken in Nashville on Thursday December 28. Spots remain available for competitors.   

2017 Memphis Moon Pies

update Oct 25 Brett Healey has a video

update Oct 17 Ivan Mendoza has a video

update Matt Hazzard has a video

Results from Facebook Live video
1) Matt Stonie 73 in 8 minutes, defends title
2) Geoff Esper 69
3) Ivan Mendoza 33.5
4) Michael Whities 32.5
5) Derek Jacobs 30
6) Matt Hazzard 29 originally announced 5th
? Nate Biller
? Brett Healey

The contest is expected to be streamed on Facebook Live at noon Central on https://www.facebook.com/bassproshops/videos/10155718243207270/. Defending champion Matt Stonie, Geoff Esper, Nate Biller, Michael Whities and Ivan Mendoza are expected to compete.

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2017 Nashville Nathan’s qualifier

Official results men | women

1 Ronnie Hartman 28.75
2 Michael “Big Eater Mike” whities 23
3 Brian Dudzinski 19

1W Bryn Szeles 8.75
2W Rene Rovtar 8.5

Facebook Live video from NewsChannel 5

Fox Nashville has a live stream of the contest.

Brian Dudzinski, Ronnie Hartman, Michael “Big Eater Mike” Whities and Rene Rovtar are expected to compete.

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MLE upcoming contests as of August 2, 2017

Here are the upcoming contests on the MLE contest calendar. A kale eating contest in Hamburg, NY on August 13 and a Nathan’s qualifier in Nashville on October 10 have been recently added. A new taco eating contest in Tower, MN on November 4 will also be held. Registration is open unless specified otherwise.
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WSMV has a segment on Stevie "Eats a Lot" Palmer competing in the women's Nathan's finals.
Ethan Teske attempted the Rocky Top challenge at It's All So Yummy Cafe in Knoxville for an upcoming episode of Food Network's Ice Cream Nation.
Matt "Sweet Tooth" Cohen appeared on WBIR yesterday to talk about competing in the Nathan's Finals.
Ethan Teske ate 17 slawburgers in 10 minutes to win the first prize of $500 in yesterday's eating contest at the SlawBurger Festival in Fayetteville, TN. Defending champion Kyle Hanner ate 11.5 to take 2nd.
Honey's Restaurant will hold an eating contest tomorrow at the Slawburger Festival in Fayetteville, TN awarding $500/$200/$100.
The Southern Hotwing Festival will hold a wing eating contest in Memphis on April 22 awarding $400 to the winner.
Yesterday, Ethan Teske and Matt Cohen were the first pair to finish the 36 inch Godfather challenge at Sal's Family Pizza in Franklin, TN.

Molly Schuyler regains Music City Bowl hot chicken title

update Bob Shoudt has a contest video

The top 4 for Thursday’s Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl World Hot Chicken Eating Championships:

1) Molly Schuyler 4 lbs. in 8 minutes
2) Bob Shoudt 3 lbs
3) Dave Brunelli 2.75 lbs
4) Wayne Algenio 1.25

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In a pregame event for the 2012 Music City Bowl, Vanderbilt lineman Adam Butler accused members of the NC State Wolfpack of cheating in a rib eating contest. Butler's combative attitude impressed the defensive coaching staff, which led to a position change to the defensive line. Today, those two teams will face off in the Camping World Independence Bowl in Shreveport, LA.
Jack Brown's Beer & Burger Joint announces that Chip "Burger" Simpson set a record for its challenge with a total of 18 burgers. He has been minimally active in competitive eating since leaving MLE in 2007 after attaining a Nathan's personal best of 39.5 burgers.
Molly Schuyler, Bob Shoudt, Dave Brunelli and Wayne Algenio are expected to compete in the Music City Bowl hot chicken eating contest in Nashville on December 29.
Ethan Teske posted to Piranha's facebook page that he completed the cheesesteak challenge at the Nashville restaurant, but did not receive the $100 prize a manager said was awarded to finishers.

Rib contest complaint results in football position change

The Tennessean has a report on how Vanderbilt lineman Adam Butler credits his grievances at a rib eating contest held at the 2012 Music City Bowl for his switch from offense to defense. His coaches thought his complaints about his opposition from North Carolina State cheating showed a combative nature.

“For some reason, the judge voted that we lost the rib-eating contest, and I stood up and argued with the judge,” Butler said. “(The judges) were counting the bones. But (North Carolina State players) had ribs on their plate that didn’t have a bone in it, which means they just took the bones out of the ribs and threw them in the tub.”

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Nashville will hold the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl Hot Chicken Eating World Championships on December 29. Comment on the bowl's facebook page to get a spot in the contest.
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