Hall "Hoover" Hunt returned to competitive eating with a burrito challenge at the Hightide Burrito Co in Jacksonville, FL.
Registration is now open for the Smoke’s Poutinerie World Poutine Eating Championship in Toronto August 10 and the World Slopper Eating Championship at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo, CO on August 31.
The Floridian Social will hold a hot dog eating contest in St. Petersburg, FL on July 4 awarding $500 to the winner.
The field for Saturday's Nathan's qualifier at the Giant National Capital BBQ Battle in Washington, DC has been announced: George Chiger, Crazy Legs Conti, Gordon Hazzard (first contest since 2021) and Valentin Ferrer from Spain. Three female rookies will also make their debut.
Jack Legath won the first prize of $1024 in today's 24 inch pizza eating contest at Toarmina's Pizza in Detroit. The WHIP Show was runner up.
The New York Post has an interview with Matt Stonie about his victory in the 2015 Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest, Joey Chestnut's sole loss in that competition in the past 17 years.

2024 Alameda County Fair Nathan’s qualifier

update June 18 Results with full names are on the MLE contest page. Dan Downey has a contest video

Full results have been posted without full names:

1st 27.75 Derek Hendrickson
2nd 24.5 Steve “The Rabbit” Hammond
3rd 22 Erik “The Red” Denmark first contest since 2022
3rd 22 Yasir Salem first Nathan’s contest since 2017
5th 16 Naader “Freak8r” Reda
6th 9.5 Nick Esarco
DQ ? Andrew Imhoff
1st 12 Tandra Childress competitive eating debut
2nd 10 Jocelyn Walker
3rd 7 Crystal Ocampo
4th 6 Elizabeth Salgado

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2024 Mattituck Lions Strawberry Shortcake Contest

update June 16 Full results were posted this morning:

1st 23.75 Geoffrey Esper wins contest 3rd year in a row
2nd 20.5 James Webb
3rd 16 Sean “The Mouth” Yeager
4th 14.5 Darrien “Cheesecurd” Thomas
5th 14 George Chiger
6th 12.5 Eric “Badlands” Booker
7th 12.33 Max Stanford
8th 11 Kylan Lee
9th 10 Radim Dvoracek
10th 9.25 Josh “The Goat” Krady
11th 8 Peter Ritter
12th 6 Crazy Legs Conti

Top 4 results from the strawberry festival’s facebook video (8 minutes)
1 Geoff Esper 23.75 pounds
2 James Webb 20.5
3 Sean Yeager 16
4 Darrien Thomas 14.5

James Webb is doing a livestream of this afternoon’s strawberry shortcake in Mattituck, NY.

update The livestream was terminated just before results were announced.

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Cold Beer & Cheeseburgers will hold qualifiers June 15 at its Phoenix area locations for a July 4 slider eating contest in Scottsdale, AZ that will award a $500 Amex gift card to the winner.
Defending champion Geoff Esper, James Webb, Darrien Thomas, Badlands Booker, Crazy Legs Conti, Max Stanford, Radim Dvoracek, Kylan Lee, Sean Yeager, Josh Krady and Peter Ritter are expected to compete in tomorrow's strawberry shortcake eating contest in Mattituck, NY.
Stadium Swim in Las Vegas will hold a hot dog eating contest for women wearing bikinis on July 4. The winner will receive $2,500 and the total purse is $5,000.

Chestnut vs. Kobayashi on Netflix in September

Netflix announced that Joey Chestnut will face off against Takeru Kobayashi in “Unfinished Beef”, a matchup that will be streamed on Labor Day, September 2. The competition will use beef frankfurters. Hollywood Reporter has an article about the program with the following quote from Takeru Kobayashi:

Retiring for me will only happen after I take him down one last time. This rivalry has been brewing for a long time. Competing against Joey live on Netflix means fans all over the world can watch me knock him out.

flashback July 2022 In an interview on the Pardon My Take podcast, Joey Chestnut expressed a desire to compete against Takeru Kobayashi.

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2024 ESPN Nathan’s schedule

The ESPN schedule for July 4 is now out. The men’s Nathan’s Famous hot dog eating contest will be televised on ESPN2 at noon eastern and then rerun several times throughout the day. It appears the women’s competition will be relegated to streaming yet again. The 2019 documentary, “The Good, The Bad, The Hungry” will also be televised on July 4 at 10pm on ESPN2.

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Joey Chestnut to miss Nathan’s Famous hot dog contest

Joey Chestnut announced that he will not be competing in this year’s Nathan’s Famous hot dog eating contest and his relationship with Major League Eating appears to be over. Via twitter:

I was gutted to learn from the media that after 19 years Im banned from the Nathan’s July 4th Hot Dog Eating Contest. I love competing in that event, I love celebrating America with my fans all over this great country on the 4th and I have been training to defend my title. To set the record straight, I do not have a contract with MLE or Nathans and they are looking to change the rules from past years as it relates to other partners I can work with.This is apparently the basis on which I’m being banned, and it doesn’t impact the July 4th event. Sadly, this is the decision Nathan’s and Major League Eating are making, and it will deprive the great fans of the holiday’s usual joy and entertainment. To my fans, I love you and appreciate you. Rest assured that you’ll see me eat again soon!! STAY HUNGRY!

According to the New York Post, Joey Chestnut’s endorsement deal with Impossible Foods for plant-based frankfurters for $1.2 million over four years was the cause of the breakdown of the relationship. (MLE statement).

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McKenzie's Barbecue & Burgers will hold a rib eating contest in Conroe, TX on June 15 awarding $300 to the winner, $100 to the runner up.
In the latest Breaking Beard podcast, Adam "Beard Meats Food" Moran announces that he will not extend his MLE contract and is retiring from head to head eating contests. He will continue to make restaurant challenge videos.

Lake Compounce Nathan’s qualifier

6 hours after the competition, the MLE twitter has yet to post a winner, but the MLE instagram has some results on its stories
49.5 Geoff Esper
31 George Chiger
28 Kylan Lee (Australia)
20 Josh Krady
17.5 Mark Frost

6.75 Julie Goldberg
4.75 Addison Skaggs


update Geoff Esper (49.5) and Julie Goldberg (6.75) were today’s winners via the Lake Compounce instagram stories

Geoff Esper, George Chiger, Josh Krady and Julie Goldberg are expected to compete in this afternoon’s Nathan’s qualifier at Lake Compounce in Bristol, CT.

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Salvation Army DC donuts

update PiZetta Media has a video of the contest

Full results: (8 minutes)

1st 70 James Webb
2nd 61 Nick Wehry
3rd 50 Sean “The Mouth” Yeager
4th 46 Miki Sudo
5th 45 Max Stanford
6th 39 Ronnie “MegaByte” Hartman
7th 37 George Chiger
8th 34 Radim Dvoracek
9th 31 Tanner Gray
10th 21 Peter Ritter
11th 16.75 Larell Marie “The Real Deal” Mele

The top 3 from James Webb’s video
1 James Webb 70 donuts, new record
2 Nick Wehry 61
3 Sean Yeager

Salvation Army is doing a facebook live video of today’s donut eating contest in Washington, DC.

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Parma Rib N Rock Nathan’s qualifier

Official results from today’s Nathan’s qualifier at Parma Rib ‘N Rock in Parma, OH. update News 5 Cleveland has an article

1st 48.25 Pat “Deep Dish” Bertoletti
2nd 48 Nick Wehry
3rd 30 William Lyon
4th 13.75 Peter Ritter
5th 13 John Gebhard
6th 12 Seth Bower
7th 11.5 Dominic Mandato
8th 10 Joey Kinsley
9th 9.75 Eddie Rodriguez
1st 11 Katie Prettyman
2nd 5.5 Stacey Queen

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Kwik Stop in Dubuque, IA will hold an eating contest on June 29 awarding $1200 in Kwik Stop Reward points to the winner. The runner up will receive $500 cash.
Coney Island Connection in West Monroe, LA will hold a hot dog eating contest on June 22 awarding $1000 to the winner.
Gino's Pizza in Ronkonkoma, NY will hold a pizza eating contest on June 30 awarding $1000 to the winner.
Dat Dog in New Orleans will hold a hot dog eating contest on July 4 awarding $500 to the winner.
Leo's at the Slice in Middletown, OH will hold a pizza eating contest on June 8 awarding $500 to the winner.

EatFeats youtube channel started

I have started a youtube channel for uploading my competitive eating television archive. The first video is Eric “Badlands” Booker’s “Attack of the Show!” appearance on the G4 network on February 21, 2006. Booker discusses his competitive eating and hiphop career with host Kevin Pereira and then takes on Brendan Hermes in a one minute 100×100 In N Out burger eating contest.

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