The Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship announces the roster of professional competitors. Expected entrants in the IFOCE top 10 are Bob Shoudt, Sonya Thomas, Erik Denmark, Tim Brown and Matt Stonie. Stephanie Torres and Michelle Lesco are also listed which gives the contest 3 of the top 4 finishers in the Nathan's womens division.


  1. Larell Marie Mele said

    July 28, 2011 @ 3:25 pm

    Their roster incorrectly lists Stephanie and Michelle as tying 4th place at Nathans. Steph had 3rd; Michelle 4th – no tie.

  2. Stacked! said

    July 28, 2011 @ 3:28 pm

    I hear Booker, Wells and Ross will also be there. What a heck of a line up if everybody shows… Suprised no Joey though.

  3. Stacked! said

    July 28, 2011 @ 3:42 pm

    sorry, I didn’t actually click the link before i posted.

  4. NReda said

    July 28, 2011 @ 3:54 pm

    @Larell Maybe someone’s trying to doctor up the historical records….

  5. Goyowsa said

    July 28, 2011 @ 5:09 pm

    Does anyone know how many the 2010 amatuer winner ate? That’s cool the amateur winner eats with the pros this year. Great way to bring up new talent and they are usually reside from the local areas of the contest to raise the crowd interest. They should do that more often with other contests. I think Stonie’s going to surprise, but I like Sonya in this one. But she and Stonie better be ahead of Bob by good margin in the closing seconds. Bob’s bigger intake capacity all at once can really pack in a ton at the end of the contest.

  6. ojrifkin said (Registered July 27, 2005)

    July 28, 2011 @ 5:54 pm

    Chikara Omine ate 64 dumplings to tie for fourth place

  7. beautifulbrian said

    July 28, 2011 @ 8:12 pm

    I got in also but my name didn’t appear on the roster? I don’t wanna hear any amateur jokes ok?

  8. Larell Marie Mele said

    July 28, 2011 @ 8:30 pm

    NReda – I’m going with it being an honest mistake?!?!? :)

  9. X-ST said

    July 29, 2011 @ 1:01 am

    First I was said to be tied for 2nd that didnt come true, now Im tied for 4th that isnt true… what happend to third!? OH right, that’s where I stand =P hehe … WELL, I am looking forward to SoCal again, seeing my SoCal friends!!! This will be a tough contest with plenty of great eaters on the line, Though I probably won’t place, it will be fun none the less. Luckily, it’s not that expensive for me to get there and back to mi casa. Also! Get to see (amazing) Sonya & (talented) Michelle =] Pleasant & Safe travels & eating everyone!

  10. Stallion Italian said (Registered August 27, 2010)

    July 29, 2011 @ 7:42 am

    Looking forward to seeing new to the scene and highly talented X-ST. The listing specifically says “partial” entrants, meaning not all, an incomplete list. They can easily correct the mistakes about placement in Nathan’s if someone tells them. Or just show them at the table and then have them correct it.

  11. Seiken fan said

    July 29, 2011 @ 9:39 am

    No incomplete list. Seiken from what i was told, registered at the very beginning of the process and confirmed he was coming barring an emergency so there is no excuse for him not to be included in the original roster. Oversite? I doubt it . They pulled the same crap on him with corned beef and cheesesteak. His name means sh– to MLE after 14yrs of service. More head games more lies as usual

  12. anonymous said

    July 29, 2011 @ 9:58 am

    Seiken go independent . Why stay loyal to people that could care less about you anymore

  13. Anonymous said

    July 29, 2011 @ 10:24 am

    Partial entry list for the 5th Annual Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship released today!…that is what it says. If Seiken has given 14 years of service and received crap and his name means mud to MLE he is long overdue to join another eating organization.

  14. Anonymous said

    July 29, 2011 @ 11:18 am

    14 years of service?? A string of last place finishes and a website filled with non-truths and second hand information hardly qualifies for 14 years of service. Maybe if he started his own league he’d be successful in CE.

  15. anonymous said

    July 29, 2011 @ 11:25 am

    I agree with 10:24 . That is downright cold. Seiken remained loyal to them for years resisting temptation to go elsewhere. I wouldnt even bother making an issue with MLE about it. If he says he is confirmed and his name is not on the roster he should screw them good and not show up at all

  16. doubt it said

    July 29, 2011 @ 11:29 am

    Yeah right second hand info? Try first hand info that Seiken reported first you fool only to be reposted by eatfeats to make him look bad. Info on his site is from the horse mouth and not speculation like this one

  17. nunonabun2 said (Registered November 10, 2009)

    July 29, 2011 @ 11:39 am

    Starting a new league is not something easy. Well not and have any real sponsers. If it were simple and you could make money at it there would be more than what two second tier organizations and a mythical one or two out there.

  18. Anonymous said

    July 29, 2011 @ 11:39 am

    He won’t show up unless he gets cheap airfare.

  19. Anonymous said

    July 29, 2011 @ 12:03 pm

    It seems pretty clear that his own organization is giving him a big message, over and over and over. He just isn’t getting it.

  20. beautifulbrian said

    July 29, 2011 @ 12:31 pm

    Hey asshole 11:18 why dont you post youre real name and stop talking shit when you dont know shit. If you have been following the sport closely which obviously you have not , there are younger and better eaters out there since 2006 which explains why my totals havent been up to par. in recent years. When i competed with eaters that were within striking distance i was able to hold my own. Check eatfeats database . Aside from the millions of question marks associated with eaters stats, there is some validity to it. Unless you are one of the big names in MLE , then shut your mouth or take me on one on one in your choice of food. Better yet just show up with bandages covering your entire face and head so you can still keep your stature as the anonymous dick that gets a kick out of slamming me every chance he gets

  21. makes sense said

    July 29, 2011 @ 12:33 pm

    12:03 i agree . Its like telling the 51yr old fart get lost RIng out the old ring in the new

  22. anonymous said

    July 29, 2011 @ 12:47 pm

    One of the highest insults bestowed upon someone is leaving their name off the roster. Basically telling them you know what? you are a non entity to this event be grateful you were confirmed and leave it at that. You will be able to compete but no guarantee that there is a spot at the table meaning that you might have to sit on the floor with your dumpling plates and eat them that way

  23. anonymous said

    July 29, 2011 @ 1:00 pm

    Obviously done in deliberate fashion with the intent to incite. Same thing with corned beef last March in Fla. At that time they got away with the excuse “Well the roster came out before we got you in as a late entry” No such excuse can be accepted this time out

  24. YEESH said

    July 29, 2011 @ 1:23 pm

    Brian, calm down. Eaters get left off media and twitter reports all the time. Prove to them you’re reliavant with your eating. :)

  25. Be happy said

    July 29, 2011 @ 1:44 pm

    that you were confirmed at all. There’s not that much room at the end of the table.

  26. Anonymous said

    July 29, 2011 @ 2:40 pm

    Brian, how do you know that anony 11:18 hasn’t already kicked your ass at the table dozens of times before. Remember that you burned a lot of bridges with your former ranked eater friends.

  27. I heard that before said

    July 29, 2011 @ 2:47 pm

    I love how Seiken blames the young eaters for his below par totals. I can’t think of 1 ranked eater close to your age that can’t mop up the floors with you with any food, even pickles.

  28. Anonymous said

    July 29, 2011 @ 3:59 pm

    Seiken really does his very best to take down almost everyone in his own organization, sneaking in anonymous comments that many of us eaters understand. He makes demands to be paid, to be compensated, to get media opportunities. Read his blog, I no longer do. How many many many times has he said bad things about everything…..MLE, Sheas, particular eaters, particular sponsors. He attacks Janus and others and I assure you that he gets almost nothing from the so called horses mouth because almost everyone in MLE would not give him one shred of information for him to distort and then throw back in someone’s face. It is always the same old song with him, if he doesn’t like what someone writes, they are an asshole and worse but he wants, wants, wants. 14 years, yes he was once the only website about competitive eating and got away with a lot of shit then. Times have changed. If he just printed whatever and didn’t keep complaining here or elsewhere and trying to take down eaters in every organization, that would be one thing. But can you believe it? He wants extra credit or credit or actually more than other eaters get. There is no way to reason with him ever. We are polite to him at contests just to avoid his bullshit which will get printed anyway so what is the point. For any one who has no idea what this is about, just go to his website, it will all be crystal clear.

  29. hate and hate said

    July 29, 2011 @ 6:18 pm

    The three that are more hated than anyone in the sport on this crummy blog are the same three day in and day out . Juliet boone and seiiken

  30. Anonymous said

    July 29, 2011 @ 6:20 pm

    and furthermore, that is why Bob Shoudt gave him the time of day. Be nice to Brian and say what he wants to hear and your name will not get tarnished on his site. Simple math if you can read between the lines.

  31. anonymous said

    July 29, 2011 @ 6:33 pm

    Obviously one of those hate comments is none other than us stale

  32. beautifulbrian said

    July 29, 2011 @ 7:01 pm

    Anon 359 620 one and the same why do you repeat the same shit over and over again . Why am I your entire life?. Why does my every move interest you? I must interest you or you wouldn’t spend so much time worrying about what I do. Bob feels sorry for me matter fact he pities me. He also told me this site is full of backstabsbers and hater

  33. anonymous said

    July 29, 2011 @ 8:31 pm

    And furthermore 620 you creepy weirdo get yourself a life a wife maybe a friend or two and stop worrying about seiiken business with mle .Maybe if you follow those guidelines he just might say hello to you at the next contest

  34. U.S. MALE said (Registered December 28, 2007)

    July 29, 2011 @ 9:33 pm


  35. beautifulbrian said

    July 29, 2011 @ 10:46 pm

    I didn’t leave that comment dave

  36. anonymous said

    July 30, 2011 @ 7:14 am

    Typical OJ cleans up the hate for a few days then goes back on his word as expected allowing a bunch of hate comments about Seiken. You also lost one of your biggest supporters Rhonda Evans who got sick and tired of all the hate being posted not only about Seiken but other competitive eaters in general

  37. Anonymous said

    July 30, 2011 @ 7:40 am

    Rhonda Evans is probably on vacation. It is summer. She isn’t the only one who hates the hate. Seiken spreads lots of hate and expects what he considers his rival, eatfeats, to clean up the comments? There is a lot wrong with the picture Seiken paints of reality. It is HIS reality, and it is so skewed that it seems impossible to correct. Unfortunately, once again Seiken highjacks the thread. Congratulations Seiken, you are getting your wish. Lots and lots of attention for bad behavior, boring to most people wondering what all the fuss is about. You are no innocent victim. Let’s call it like it is. That is your schtick, isn’t it? Just another eater disgusted with Seiken’s bull. Knock yourself out trying to figure out who I am. I have lots of company.

    For everyone else, competitive eating can be great fun for eaters and fans. Keep coming here for news and opinions and ignore nonsense. It isn’t easy, I know.

  38. beautifulbrian said

    July 30, 2011 @ 12:52 pm

    anon 7;40 i could care less who you are but i know youre the same moron that continually tries to get my goat by going on about how the comp eating world feels sorry for me and the fact that they only speak to me out of pity. Blah blah such stupid nonsense. You couldnt be more wrong. Youre company is you and nobody else.You are not enlightening anyone with the HATE. . Your primary goal is to capture an audience so that hopefully the rest of the naive haters such as yourself will stop visiting my site or ignore me for good. Not working my friend. For me to waste my time trying to figure out who you are is like a prize fighter punching into mid air. Im 90% sure who you are but if by chance the other 10 proves me wrong i come off looking like a fool so ill let you have your fun. Just the fact that you even mention “Hijacking the thread” clearly signifies that eatfeats is youre entire life. No friends no hobbies just reading about other people eating and waiting till i voice my opinion about something so you can have the opportunity to post more of your HATE. . Nobody hijacked anything maybe its the topic or the lack of comments or the so called anonymous comments that come in 3′s but in reality is only 1 just to make it look as though many people comment . Have a good life once im gone you;; find someone else to fuck with if you havent already and i think you have.

  39. No checks? said

    July 30, 2011 @ 6:37 pm

    It’s always the same rant, the same twisted logic (if you can call it that), same someone out to get you. Let’s try one more time – dude, it’s not about you. This thread is about a gyoza eating contest. You have a freaking website if you need to zerk out. Why not do it there? This is a second-rate site-you’ve told us that a thousand times.

    There are a bunch of great (some of the best) eaters that have nasty comments posted about them here. I don’t think even one ever bothers to respond. They know it’s what it is. They have lives outside of CE, and probably couldn’t care less what anyone says. None of them has been around for “14 years of service,” but they somehow still “get it.”

    I can’t imagine how nuts it would be if someone like Furious Pete, Boone, Juliet, Koby, etc. felt the need to “express” themselves here every time some jerk said something stupid about them. Regardless of how you feel about any of them, they’re generally smart enough to let “stupid is as stupid does,” go about their business, and cash their checks.

    What’s the problem – no checks? Didn’t your pal Koby go over that part with you? I thought he helped you smarten up.

  40. Seiken fan said

    July 30, 2011 @ 6:54 pm

    No checks actually makes some sense without getting the hateful digs in . I think Seiken would agree with most of what you just stated. Ill let him know then i will get back to you . Good job

  41. hamburglar said (Registered September 14, 2008)

    July 31, 2011 @ 5:14 pm

    I don’t want to sound like I’m under-estimating Bob or Sonia, but I think this might be a chance for Matt Stonie to get a first place win.

  42. Stallion Italian said (Registered August 27, 2010)

    July 31, 2011 @ 5:34 pm

    Hamburglar, could be a very interesting contest without Joey or Janus who Stonie pretty much tied.

  43. Phil La'Mignon said

    July 31, 2011 @ 8:52 pm

    So what are Seiken’s thoughts?

  44. beautifulbrian said

    July 31, 2011 @ 11:09 pm

    Sonya might have some problems with Stonie but she is a savvy veteran that knows how to win She wont beat him by much but its the win that counts. Stephanie might surprise everyone with a late surge for 3rd . You cant count out some of these guys that have the experience from the last two contests . Hopefully i will try to make it out there. I did receive an apology from the Gyoza people this evening confirming my entry

  45. Larell Marie Mele said

    August 1, 2011 @ 4:46 am

    Brian – oh, glad to hear that!!!

  46. Anonymous said

    August 1, 2011 @ 8:47 am

    hopefully I will try to make it out there? Eaters who try their best to get into contests usually have definite plans if they get confirmed.

  47. beautifulbrian said

    August 1, 2011 @ 9:16 am

    You got $500 to spare ? Ill be there in a heartbeat . Im not rolling in dough i assume you are

  48. Anonymous said

    August 1, 2011 @ 9:45 am

    you complain about not being on the roster and expect to be flown out? who are you?????

  49. I heard that before said

    August 1, 2011 @ 11:16 am

    Seiken registers for contests just to see if he will get in. He has no intention of going to most unless it is local or if he can hitch a ride with some one.

  50. beautifulbrian said

    August 1, 2011 @ 12:54 pm

    Do you get a pleasure out of just fuckin with me knowing that I will respond back?This time I have to respond back because you couldn’t be more wrong. I have never hitched a ride with anyone.and the majority of contests I register for I SHOW Up. I have invested plenty of cash in traveling expenses over the years and if for some reason I couldn’t make it I has a damn good reason for it.As for the local shit don’t even go there . I could reel off several names of eaters that won’t even think of registrations unlesss its practically walking distance. If you call splitting expenses with a few people HITCHING aride yes I have done that once or twice

  51. the great gavonne said

    August 1, 2011 @ 1:14 pm

    Doesn’t matter what you say anymore LyinBrian.After all the lies you have told no one believes anything you say anymore.You made your bed now you have to lie in it.Hope I see you soon-come to Dani’s Pizza for the final-me,you & Menchetti can have a pow-wow.

  52. Anonymous said

    August 1, 2011 @ 1:33 pm

    Really Seiken you set yourself up time and time again to be criticized. As someone else wrote, lots of people get criticized, from the very top eaters and down and in all organizations or not, fans, lots of people. They do not respond back. Calm down, it isn’t always about YOU. You make it seem as if you are THE MOST IMPORTANT PERSON IN COMPETITIVE EATING…….14 YEARS OF SERVICE AND ALL THAT. Think before you type.

  53. Anonymous said

    August 9, 2011 @ 4:44 pm

    So, after all his bitching about not being announced as a competitor, AND then getting announced as a competitor, AND apologized to, Seiken PULLS OUT OF THE CONTEST ANYWAY?!?

    Why do you sign up for contests you have no intention of going to, Brian?

  54. Anonymous said

    August 9, 2011 @ 8:46 pm

    How do you know he has pulled out?

  55. Same old thing... said

    August 9, 2011 @ 8:59 pm

    Did you really expect anything else? It’s not about the contest, it’s all about him. He’s a legend you know. :)

  56. Anonymous said

    August 9, 2011 @ 9:43 pm


  57. ojrifkin said (Registered July 27, 2005)

    August 9, 2011 @ 10:06 pm!/beautifulbrian2/status/100999427472363521

  58. It's funny! said

    August 10, 2011 @ 8:45 am

    and he wonders why he’s the laughing stock of CE. Duuuhhh… maybe look into airfare before you sign up.

  59. Anonymous said

    August 10, 2011 @ 9:57 am

    He just wants to see if he’ll get confirmed. In his mind that means that the Shea’s are thinking of him.

  60. anonymous said

    August 10, 2011 @ 10:12 am

    OJ now we understand why you prefer not to promote Seiken updates from his website. Those last two comments are just a preview of what would happen if you did. Hate hate and nothing but hate

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