2012 Taste of DC Chili Eating Championship

update Oct 16 Larell Marie and In the Capital have galleries.

IFOCE.com has a post-contest interview with Tim Janus

update 5:04 The official top 5
1) Tim “Eater X” Janus 2 gallons in 6 minutes, ties record
2) Bob Shoudt 1.92, first finish ahead of Joey Chestnut since April 2011 Wingstop contest
3) Joey Chestnut 1.87, first finish outside top 2 since Wingstop contest
4) Sonya Thomas 1.67
5) Juliet Lee 1.25

update 4:15 Melissa Savoy reports Bob Shoudt was the runner-up.

update 4:12 Tim Janus won the contest according to Sarthak Sharma.

update 4:10 Joey Chestnut got 3rd according to Sarthak Sharma

update 4:04 The contest might be over now. Sonya Thomas was reportedly in the lead at one point.

update 4:01 The contest has started

update 3:59 The contest should be about to start if it has not started already.

Ben’s Chili Bowl’s World Chili Eating Championship will start at 3 pm at Taste of DC.

Comments (31)


  1. anonymous said

    October 7, 2012 @ 1:12 pm

    shitty chilli shitty weather total waste of time. Go to the port o call as soon as the contest is over

  2. Anonymous said

    October 7, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

    Joey, Berty, and X. All others should stay home.

  3. Anonymous said

    October 7, 2012 @ 3:50 pm

    I came here to find out results, not to read potty mouth comments or drivel. Guess this is par for the course here, it’s a democracy. Too bad the un-tasty get a lot of play. Will check back to get results and be rewarded sooner than other places though.

  4. Anonymous said

    October 7, 2012 @ 4:02 pm

    I’ll check back tomorrow for results.

  5. Anonymous said

    October 7, 2012 @ 4:18 pm

    Cute 4:02 but this is THE place to come for results, if you do not like it, eat your words or just go away. We already know lots so eat your heart out also.

  6. Anonymous said

    October 7, 2012 @ 4:20 pm

    Very cute 4:02 but this is THE place to come for results. If you do not like it, eat your words, go away, whatever you write, now or tomorrow is just drivel. We already know a lot!

  7. BB fan said

    October 7, 2012 @ 4:26 pm

    Go to BB.com for all the latest news and contest resluts. Not this bag od dirt. BTW every eater that competed must be throwing that mess up now as we speak . And no this is not seirken

  8. Anonymous said

    October 7, 2012 @ 4:41 pm

    I don’t even like girls, especially not re-sluts.

  9. Anonymous said

    October 7, 2012 @ 4:47 pm

    Bob you are a good friend to Seiken.

  10. Anonymous said

    October 7, 2012 @ 5:14 pm

    Let the readers be the judge. From BB commentary for October………..Let Shoudt speak for himself too. How about that Joey and X and Sonya and bestest friend and Juliette………………

    “I realize that my reviews of Bens Chili contest 2011 were not the greatest but let me
    make it perfectly clear that i was in no way slamming the sponsor. They were kind hearted gracious and the type of
    people you dont mind doing business with. It was the chilli served at the event that gave off the no so pleasant gastric
    issues.. Like anything else , if something is left to sit under the sun for an extensive period of time , intestinal issues
    will soon set in. It can easily go from gourmet to Hormel in a matter of minutes if you know what i mean. Without going
    into detail just ask some of the contestants who competed last year but decided to pass on the event in 2012. Andrew
    Kossuth who is not even a ranked member was sent a personal email asking if he wanted to compete. What kind of
    message does that send? After describing in detail the mess i made in the Carmines toilet after the contest , i doubt very
    much if a personal invite would be sent my way. I bet if you took a gallon of that stuff home and reheated it in proper
    fashion it would taste mighty yummy. Exit Edible, Subich BB Kossuth , Enter Badlands, Larell Marie and a few other
    newbies to DC. Anxious to hear what they have to say. Then again with Badlands its always “all good” even if its “all bad”

  11. beautifulbrian said

    October 7, 2012 @ 5:53 pm

    So? You’re point? The only thing you proved so far is that you keep up with my updates thank you

  12. Seiken fan said

    October 7, 2012 @ 6:35 pm

    Boy ill bet Seiken is glad he did not show up for this contest. Not only would he not get a handshake from eater x but he would be forced to post the winner of the contest whom he hates with a passion. Good decision BB

  13. anonymous said

    October 7, 2012 @ 6:50 pm

    Wow that is some fantastic tell it like it is commentary from BB. What a shame that the haters never print the good stuff Seiken posts. If you read on he has nothing but nice things to say about Jamie Mcdonald. But then again the haters only dwell on the negative and not the positive .

  14. anonymous said

    October 7, 2012 @ 6:52 pm

    The contest this year was 10 minutes which explains why the totals were higher than last year. That really sucks because great eaters like Subich Edible and Seiken were not there to get another shot at putting up higher totals than last year

  15. Anonymous said

    October 7, 2012 @ 7:07 pm

    I think Seiken would have won the whole thing this year. The event really missed his presents there.

  16. WingKong said (Registered December 19, 2006)

    October 7, 2012 @ 9:32 pm

    Great contest, chili was just as good as last year if not better. The Ali’s were gracious and accomidating as all ways. Tough field, today X ate his ass off and looked like a man possessed after Joey took a title from him last week. Bob was on my right and ate well too, obviously. Bill was on my left and seemed to have a stong showing. Unfortunatly I dont know where I fell in the totals but I think 6th about 1/2 a bowl behind Juliet who ate strong and clean. I’m looking forward to next year, 3rd time is hopefully a charm, or at least a top 5.

  17. WingKong said (Registered December 19, 2006)

    October 7, 2012 @ 9:34 pm

    Oh and the contest was still only 6 minutes

  18. anonymous said

    October 7, 2012 @ 10:21 pm

    If the bowls were not weighed, some of the eaters that were out of the money will lie about their totals just so they look good for the rankings or not to look bad in front of their peers. It happened last year and of course this year . Top 4 that matter in the end . Finishing 7 or 8th won’t score brownie points with the IFOCE

  19. Kongfan said

    October 7, 2012 @ 10:32 pm

    Thanks for the reasonable report. If you skip the totally psycho nonsense here, we probably wouldn’t have any idea about how the contest went. Go get ’em next year – you’re getting better and better!

  20. Larellmarie said (Registered May 9, 2010)

    October 7, 2012 @ 11:17 pm

    Contest was 6 minutes, not 10 & measuring pitcher was used to portion out equal servings….very fair contest 🙂

  21. anonymous said

    October 7, 2012 @ 11:24 pm


  22. anonymous said

    October 8, 2012 @ 10:43 am

    seiken should ahve been chilli for video . Yes he should have oink oink oink oink Its good to be sick

  23. Larellmarie said (Registered May 9, 2010)

    October 8, 2012 @ 11:47 am

    MLE has all 11 places/amounts posted

  24. Anonymous said

    October 8, 2012 @ 12:41 pm

    The ever humble LMM doesn’t even give us a link, but as a huge fan here is what it says about her.
    “7 Larell Marie Mele, AKA The Real Deal, AKA The Most Punctual Competitive Eater in the World, AKA The Emcee’s Favorite 0.75” Never ever underestimate the power of personality and nice but standing up for what is right when appropriate. LMM, LMM, LMM!!!

  25. Ignatius Rake said (Registered August 6, 2012)

    October 8, 2012 @ 4:06 pm

    Here’s our report with graphs and everything: http://www.therakeandherald.tv/society/societystory.php?id=185

  26. Anonymous said

    October 8, 2012 @ 4:39 pm

    RAKE AND HERALD IS ABSOLUTELY ASTOUNDING. Way to go writers, editors, and all of the delightful self-mocking names, comedy central with facts. Meshes seamlessly with eatfeats. Very cool including excellent video from last year’s contest via sponsor, no shaky camera, a fine and effective presentation.

  27. Ignatius Rake said (Registered August 6, 2012)

    October 8, 2012 @ 8:02 pm

    Thanks very much, 4:39. We clearly owe you a pint or two!

  28. Larellmarie said (Registered May 9, 2010)

    October 8, 2012 @ 9:16 pm

    Anon 1241 – ooops sorry bout the missing link. Lolll where in the world did those comments come from….quite funny 🙂

  29. Larellmarie said (Registered May 9, 2010)

    October 8, 2012 @ 9:42 pm

    Ignatius Rake – gr8 reporting, quite enjoyable 🙂

  30. Ignatius Rake said (Registered August 6, 2012)

    October 9, 2012 @ 6:28 am

    Thanks, Larellmarie.

    Here’s an updated version of the report with exclusive quotes from Eater X himself: http://www.therakeandherald.tv/society/societystory.php?id=185

  31. Anonymous said

    October 9, 2012 @ 8:59 am

    COOL Ignatius Rake, ever the dedicated sleuth.

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