Brandon "Da Garbage Disposal" Clark and Michael Whities set the record for the two person King Kookamonga burger challenge at Kooky Canuck in Memphis with a time of 15:59.
Leah Shutkever surpassed 100,000 subscribers to her youtube channel today, making her the first European female competitive eater to hit that benchmark.
Carnaval Miami will hold a MLE croqueta eating contest as part of El Croquetazo on March 15.
Business Insider has a video about last month's St. Elmo Shrimp Cocktail Eating Championship in Indianapolis.
Mimi Zhang finished the 1.5kg (53 oz) steak challenge in 9:49 at Manly Deck Bar & Restaurant in Manly, QLD, which I think makes her the second female to finish a 48+ oz. steak challenge in under 10 minutes after Molly Schuyler.
Mashed has a video titled "The Damaging Effects Food Challenges Have On Your Body" which includes footage of the Nathan's Finals and Michelle Lesco's Guinness record attempts. The video cites research by Brian Wansink of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab that was found to be fraudulent.

Possible 2020 MLE top 50 changes

Here are possible new entrants for the MLE top 50 when it is updated (last update was June 25)

Possible removals from the top 50

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Raina Huang & Asian Hustle Network in LA Times

Raina Huang is featured prominently in a Los Angeles Times article about the Asian Hustle Network. Her father, Wil Huang, is also quoted:

Her new gig as a competitive eater and social media influencer — she’s the star of 600-plus videos — finally has won her father’s approval.

“I’m actually surprised with her character right now, once I got used to her choice,” Wil Huang, an IT engineer, said about his eldest daughter.

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2019 MLE head to head results

Here are the head to head results for 2019 MLE contests for people with two or more contest results in the database:

1 Joey “Jaws” Chestnut (J Ch) 95.6% 153-7
2 Geoffrey Esper (G Es) 94.7% 142-8
3 Darron Breeden (D Br) 84.3% 113-21
4 “The Lovely” Juliet Lee (J Le) 82.1% 11-2-1
5 Matt “Megatoad” Stonie (M St) 75.8% 47-15
6 Max Suzuki (M Su) 74.2% 23-8
7 Miki Sudo (M Su) 71.8% 84-33
8 Nick Wehry (N We) 71.6% 94-37-1
9 Steve “The Rabbit” Hammond (S Ha) 71.4% 15-6
10 Gideon Oji (G Oj) 67.9% 74-34-4

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Darron Breeden recorded a cover of "Born to Love You" on electric guitar as the background music for a video of his 2019 competitive eating highlights.
Diana Prince faces off against Barry Allen and Doris Zeul in a pie eating contest in an episode of DC Super Hero Girls available on Cartoon Network UK's youtube channel. (Pie eating contest episode starts at 2:20).
Miki Sudo, Darron Breeden, Max Suzuki, Angela Sato and Takeru Kobayashi appear in a promo video for "King of Gluttony" that will be televised on TV Tokyo on January 12. Kobayashi is not shown eating, so he may not be a competitor. Screen captures:
Leah Shutkever faced off against Eddie Hall in a 4 pound wing challenge, her second video with the British strongman competitor.
Ronnie Hartman will appear on tonight's episode of Beyond Wrestling's Uncharted Territory that will be streamed tonight starting at 7:30 eastern. Beyond Wrestling bills him as: "Another promising newcomer to the wrestling scene you gotta keep an eye on. Nationally-ranker competitive eater Ronnie Hartman has size & charisma."
Michelle Lesco eating 2.448 kg (86.35 oz) of mayonnaise in 3 minutes made Guinness World Records 2019 Records Round-up.
Elijah Rosenthal ate 18 hot dogs in an hour to win $400 in a contest held yesterday in Vicksburg, MS (the original duration was 10 minutes). He is the son of event promoter Robert Rosenthal.
Buffalo Chips in Bonita Springs, FL will hold a wing eating contest on January 18 awarding $500 to the winner. Entrants need to qualify.
Matt Stonie produced a thank you video for surpassing 10 million subscribers to his youtube channel.
TheThings.com has curated a gallery of 19 pictures of Joey Chestnut eating Nathan's hot dogs.
"Furious" Pete Czerwinski has uploaded a video titled "From Engineering to Competitive Eating" that was originally produced for GameTV's How The Game Is Played
Miki Sudo appears in a picture promoting the "King of Gluttony" program that will be televised on TV Tokyo on January 12. Darron Breeden (in the back row) might be another competitor. Japanese entrants include Max Suzuki, Angela Sato and Hatsuyo Sugawara. (link to picture) update Miki Sudo confirms she will appear.
Leah Shutkever faced off against Damian the Builder in a 6 pound Christmas dinner eating contest at The George Pub in Stockton on Tees England for an On the Tools TV video.
King of Donair in Halifax, NS has an instagram video of Joel Hansen eating its 12 pound "World's Largest Donair" in 42 minutes.
Alexandra's Pizza in Sidney, NS will award a $1000 cash prize along with a $1000 charitable donation if its 12 pound donair is finished in under 90 minutes.
Tubefilter has an interview with Erik "The Electric" Lamkin about how he built his youtube channel which mentions an upcoming appearance on the Food Network.
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