2014 Little Tokyo gyoza championship

update Oct 23 Matt Stonie has a video

update Aug 21 The contest facebook reports the resuls for Andrew “the Bear” Kogutkiewicz and Josh Miller were switched

update Aug 18 Danny Chau has a contest report for grantland.com TMZ also has an article

A video of the final 1:30 is available on youtube.

update Backyard Bite has a blog entry

The top 4 | Part 2 | Part 3
1) Joey Chestnut 384
2) Matt Stonie 377
3) Miki Sudo 199
4) Erik Denmark 181
5) Juan Rodriguez 180
6) Rich LeFevre 175
7T) Badlands Booker 157
7T) Marcos Owens 157
9) Steve Hendry 149
10) Pablo Martinez 139
11 Josh Miller 117
12T) Andrew Kogutkiewicz 66
12T) Danny Chau (Grantland.com) 66
14 Mary Bowers 61
15) Neslie Ricasa 53
16 Eddie “Linsatiable” Lin 37

Joey Chestnut has been announced as the winner with a total of 384 gyoza.

The undercard contests have started. The Los Angeles Fire Department has won a competition with a total of 137 gyoza.

A first person video recorded by Michelle Lesco at last year’s contest is available.

Comments (52)


  1. anonymous said

    August 16, 2014 @ 5:23 pm

    notice the hug at the 323 mark

  2. anonymous said

    August 16, 2014 @ 7:27 pm

    Where was el toro?

  3. anonymous said

    August 16, 2014 @ 8:12 pm

    Josh miller ranked #36 couldnt even hit 70 yet seiken ate 100 in documented you tube practices with same dumplings and hes ranked dead last.. Wont even go there with overranked females that finished 14 and 15 respectively.A big joke

  4. Jam.Josh said (Registered April 11, 2013)

    August 16, 2014 @ 10:31 pm

    For the record, Josh and Andrew’s totals got switched. Josh got 117.

  5. anonymous said

    August 17, 2014 @ 12:48 am

    Good job Rich, almost finished 4th..Great job Booker ,ate more than the fire department….

  6. anonymous said

    August 17, 2014 @ 2:39 am

    For the record the totals have yet to be reversed by MLE so until then you are stuck with 66

  7. Anonymous said

    August 17, 2014 @ 10:37 am

    I guess a perk of dating Miki Sudo is becoming a better eater because Juan seems to have gotten better since dating her.

  8. anonymous said

    August 17, 2014 @ 11:45 am

    Maybe if Seiken started consistently going to contests and proving his worth, he might be ranked higher than 50th. Seiken likes to talk and stir up a storm, but won’t compete. If he is better than Miller, Bowers, and Ricasa, then prove it. But he’s a coward, and his eating abilities have waned as he has gotten older. And maybe if he weren’t such a turd all the time on his site and this board, he would be ranked higher. Character counts in MLE rankings; it’s not just about eating ability. The Sheas realize he is a liability and want him gone ASAP. I know I would. He would embarrass me. He brings their brand down. Oh, and that 11 hot dog performance didn’t help either.

  9. anonymous said

    August 17, 2014 @ 11:47 am

    By the way, even if Seiken could do 100 gyoza, that’s a freaking joke. 100 sucks. Time for Seiken to clean up his act.

  10. gourmand said (Registered December 1, 2013)

    August 17, 2014 @ 11:49 am

    I feel bad for Matt. He keeps up coming so close to Joey.

  11. anonymous said

    August 17, 2014 @ 12:00 pm

    Seiken also loses respect when he posts anonymously. He has a screen name, so he might as well use it. He is just such a disreputable character, he makes me sick. He either needs to retire, or turn a new leaf in every aspect of competitive eating. He needs to stop whining all the time. He has some kind of personalty disorder. I can tell he is not a happy person.

  12. anonymous said

    August 17, 2014 @ 1:03 pm

    I think some where in the back of Seiken’s mind, he thinks he will suddenly become a better eater but he is so wrong. Even if he gets a little better, he will never be respected because of all the damage he has done with his badmouthing everyone he is jealous of. He’s like an aging musician that never made it who thinks he will still get his big break. It’s still fun to watch him try and make a fool of him self.

  13. gourmand said (Registered December 1, 2013)

    August 17, 2014 @ 1:32 pm

    “I guess a perk of dating Miki Sudo is becoming a better eater because Juan seems to have gotten better since dating her.”

    True. But why didn’t that work with Neslie, or anyone else for that matter?

  14. anonymous said

    August 17, 2014 @ 2:29 pm

    blah blah blah whip out the violins . Character means nothing stats that count and Seiken would wipe the floor with all the female eaters and male eaters that are ranked 20 or more spots ahead of him with the exception of 4 females and only one of them is considered a real legend and she aint from Japan. Get with the program and stop giving sermons . Your not only do a bad job in that department but you sound stupid

  15. anonymous said

    August 17, 2014 @ 2:30 pm

    And look who talking about posting anonymous you fake hypocrite piece of shit . Post under your real name and you might get a real name talking back to you in return . BTW i am not Seiken

  16. anonymous said

    August 17, 2014 @ 2:35 pm

    Funny how all the roach and stink comments and negative comments in general completely disappear when the Goldsteins are on vacation. The comments are practically non existent not counting the newbie who competed in the gyoza contest yesterday. Not very hard to figure out who you are

  17. beautifulbrian said

    August 17, 2014 @ 2:43 pm

    I just posted under my real name . Stop starting trouble anonymous troublemaker I have not posted here since last week when OJ Rifkin went back on his word saying he would only post registered comments. Yeah right Lasted 5 minutes

  18. anonymous said

    August 17, 2014 @ 4:16 pm

    See it only took Seiken 8 minutes to change his anonymous tag to beautifulbrian and then post again. What a tool.

  19. anonymous said

    August 17, 2014 @ 5:10 pm

    Same with you 416 .your putrid total yesterday in LA tells the story . find another hobby you SUCK ! LOL LOL

  20. anonymous said

    August 17, 2014 @ 5:15 pm

    That’s a great analogy gourmand . Certainly proves two of those extremely over ranked female eaters cant eat their way out of a paper bag especially the one that was bitchin about her nathans totals being half a dog off 14 instead of 14.5 . Like it makes a difference. Who gives a shit?

  21. anonymous said

    August 17, 2014 @ 5:17 pm

    Juan was a pretty decent eater before he dated Sudo

  22. anonymous said

    August 17, 2014 @ 5:20 pm

    I hear Seeken had sexual intercourse with a few female eaters but it was kept undercover

  23. anonymous said

    August 17, 2014 @ 5:34 pm

    So what youre actually saying is that you can make a total ass of yourself at the table by eating 50 or 60 dumplings as long as your name is not Seiken then it becomes a horse of a different color. If you cant eat at least the bathroom scale weight of sudo sonya or juliet you didnt belong at that table in LA . Take up knitting cooking or croche like all normal females do

  24. noticed said

    August 18, 2014 @ 4:49 am

    Looks like Sieken is in your head.Brian wins!

  25. capn brian said (Registered November 17, 2010)

    August 18, 2014 @ 8:46 am

    matt and joey both added more than a hundred gyoza to their totals from last year. holy shit. please tell me the gyoza were smaller or something.

  26. Anonymous said

    August 18, 2014 @ 10:46 am

    They weren’t smaller but they didn’t sit so long this time (like they did last year).

  27. anonymous said

    August 18, 2014 @ 12:03 pm

    the airfare to LA is $400 to $500 roundtrip but its worth it to feast on mouthwatering burgers at IN N out

  28. zippy said

    August 18, 2014 @ 4:23 pm

    Please don’t argue on this site.Especially when the subject is not the One at hand.I like this forum if the Brian/Goldstien selfishness would quit.Maybe put on a blowup ninja suit and fight between all.Dont tread here anymore .

  29. shazam said (Registered June 27, 2007)

    August 18, 2014 @ 5:30 pm

    Was the filling of the gyoza the same this year as last year? I thought I heard someone in the crowd suggest that they were vegetarian.

  30. anonymous said

    August 18, 2014 @ 5:43 pm

    Zippy its Goldstein thats the problem Not Seiken He initiates the negativity like roach comments and hygiene remarks. Seiken is nothing but an angel

  31. zippy said

    August 19, 2014 @ 4:16 am

    just stop it !Nobody really cares what their problems are.Lets stick to the forums.

  32. anonymous said

    August 19, 2014 @ 10:44 am

    I agree both only want a reaction. Real men would discuss this privately but then again they are not real men

  33. Jam.Josh said (Registered April 11, 2013)

    August 20, 2014 @ 12:52 pm

    @2:39 World Gyoza Eating Championship made a post yesterday on their Facebook page stating they erroneously reported the results of Josh Miller and Andrew Kogutkiewicz. Not that it matters a whole lot being outside the top 10.

  34. Anonymous said

    August 20, 2014 @ 5:57 pm

    It makes a lot of difference, Josh. Totals should never be mis-reported like that (pure carlessness). It proves your ranking is well deserved. The 10 eaters who finished ahead of you are all exceptional.

  35. Anonymous said

    September 3, 2014 @ 2:07 am

    Oh no! Someone stole Jamie’s name! What will he do now? Oh wait, only MLE people matter.

  36. Anonymous said

    September 3, 2014 @ 2:08 am

    These numbers seem as legitimate as Philadelphia’s wing bowl.

  37. anonymous said

    September 3, 2014 @ 3:25 pm

    ftr, josh miller sucks anyway and doesn’t belong in mle.

  38. Jam.Josh said (Registered April 11, 2013)

    September 3, 2014 @ 7:13 pm

    Lol, I would agree with you more often than not.

  39. anonymous said

    September 3, 2014 @ 7:28 pm

    I just passed the wall of fame today. Why dont they just tear the wall down and re do it over Besides Chestnut and Sonya the rest of the images dont belong there. Janus Juliet Lee Little Jimmy? Where do they fit into the category of wall of fame icons? Bertoletti is not with the IFOCE anymore . If you want to revise the wall do it right
    1. Ed Krachie
    2. Ed Jarvis
    3. Bob Shoudt
    4. Dale Boone
    5. Mike Devito
    6. Matt Stonie
    7. Cardboard Shell
    8. Chip Simpson
    9. Badllands Booker
    10. Don Lerman
    11. Takeru Kobayashi These names along with Chestnut and Sonya are images that the die hard fans of the sport would recognize. When you see images of Conti and Janus the first thing that goes through your mind is favortism and politics

  40. anonymous said

    September 3, 2014 @ 10:41 pm

    Somebody is taking LSD with that list above. Boone? Simpson? Shell? Stonie? Maybe Stonie in a few years but come on.

    Conti (you have to appreciate his longevity and commitment to CE)

    Sudo & Stonie could be future considerations.

  41. anonymous said

    September 3, 2014 @ 11:08 pm

    The first four held multiple titles in almost every food category you can name Krachie just for the fact that he was the pioneer that set the stage even though he wanted no part of the IFOCE except for hot dogs. Booker no doubt. Lerman maybe. Lerman won a matzah ball title before he got in with IFOCE but they guy he beat Russel Machover and the rest of the field were nobodies. Lerman is still complaining about a 3rd place trophy owed to him by Hardy for finishing 3rd instead of 4th in 2001 Nathans finals I would say on his bean blowout of 6lbs in less than a minute over Leon Feingold should earn him a spot if not for anything else . Stonie has earned his spot even before he turns 23. The rest is your call i have no comment on those other names you mentioned

  42. Rhonda Evans said (Registered March 6, 2008)

    September 4, 2014 @ 12:14 pm

    The current Wall is not one of “Fame.” It’s a Biased Wall of “What Have You Done for Nathan’s and MLE Lately.”

    If you’re talking MLE / IFOCE Wall or Hall of Fame, you have to first determine qualifications for “appearance” or “induction.” Things to consider are: years as a competitive eater, # of contests won, to include major titles, and # of records established.

    Should one be on the Wall / in the Hall based on tenure alone? I think not. Personally, I’m a strict interpreter of rules that merit any sort of recognition, because if the criteria are too laxed, recognition becomes not just meaningless, but a slap in the face of the truly special performers.

    If I had the hammer, so to speak, on who should be on the Wall or in the Hall, here’s my short list in alphabetical order.
    1. Patrick Bertoletti
    2. Badlands Booker
    3. Joey Chestnut
    4. Cookie Jarvis
    5. Takeru Kobayashi
    6. Sonya Thomas

    That’s it. Having said that, that doesn’t mean that I believe that no one else has not substantially contributed to MLE over the last dozen-plus years—-not at all! Crazy Legs Conti, Charles Hardy, Juliet Lee, Carlene LeFevre, Rich LeFevre, Don Lerman, Kevin Lipsitz, Tim Janus, Bob Shoudt, and Matt Stonie, (and several others) have all contributed significantly, and several of those nine are at the top of the list for future induction—-most notably Tim, Bob, and Matt, in that order.

    Krachie, Nakajima, Arai, Devito, and a few others also contributed greatly, no doubt, but their tenures and number of competitons were shorter and fewer, respectively.

  43. gourmand said (Registered December 1, 2013)

    September 4, 2014 @ 4:01 pm

    Is there any way to know if an old thread has received a new comment? The recent comments on the right-hand side of the page show only the last five, so if a comment for an older thread doesn’t appear there, I believe most people would have no way of knowing a new comment appeared there, since the threads do not move to the top of the page when there is an update.


  44. anonymous said

    September 4, 2014 @ 4:08 pm

    Rhonda , you don’t think Seiken belongs here? He won two pickle titles one of them was sanctioned by the IFOCE and the other even though not sanctioned by the IFOCE was heralded by George Shea as one of the greatest upsets of all time. Could Krazy Kevin have knocked off Jarvis Booker and Hardy all in one shot ? Doesnt matter if it was a one shot deal or margin of victory , a win was a win. What about BB corner? What about his website which played a huge part in drawing publicity to the sport good or bad? Any to those of you piece of shit cocksuckers that reply back under assumed names (two) with your insensitive crude remarks , eat shit and die or say what you have to say to Seiken face or please post your real name ok?

  45. anonymous said

    September 4, 2014 @ 4:09 pm

    If Conti open mouth image can hog up the wall of shame , then Seiken image should be right next to him

  46. anonymous said

    September 4, 2014 @ 5:20 pm

    Rhonda the six names you listed deserve to be on the wall but so does Krachie Devito Lerman & Shoudt. You cant fit everyone on the wall or it will resemble the Sgt Pepper album and some of the images will get lost in the shuffle. Lefevre doesnt belong in the wall because he violated the IFOCE contract more than once. The badmouthing of the Sheas behind their back certainly wont score wall of fame points if you know what i mean. Conti never had any business being on the wall in the first place. To be fair to everyone there should be an old timers wall and a new era wall instead of removing some of the old school eaters which left a permanent scar on their legacy with the ifoce

  47. anonymous said

    September 4, 2014 @ 5:22 pm

    Carlene? What has she ever done for the sport beside eat the same amount of hot dogs(11) Seiken ate in a qualifier at Coney Island i

  48. Anonymous said

    September 4, 2014 @ 5:41 pm

    If you put Seiken there, you might as well add another three or four dozen people, all of which added together don’t cause as much hostility and trouble.

  49. anonymous said

    September 4, 2014 @ 7:33 pm

    A great lady has passed away Joan RIvers . I will not be able to sleep tonight or maybe the entire week

  50. anonymous said

    September 4, 2014 @ 8:51 pm

    What was so great about her?

  51. Rhonda Evans said (Registered March 6, 2008)

    September 5, 2014 @ 8:21 am

    5:20: Your thoughts have merit, and now that I reflect on and research the issue, just a bit, you can make a case for inducting pioneers of the sport (i.e. the old timers), along with organizers and other contributors within the managing organization (MLE), itself. That’s what Major League Baseball did; the Hall isn’t reserved only for players, like I originally thought.

    So, on that note, with respect to CE pioneers of the sport, you could include Krachie, Lerman, Nakajima, Arai, Krazy Kev, Beautiful Brian, DeVito, and one or two others, whose names escape me right now.

    If you include CE pioneers, you also must include other contributors to the sport:

    Organizers: George and Rich Shea
    Emcees: Mike Castellano, Ryan Nerz
    Publicity / Media: Crazy Legs and Beautiful Brian

    Where do you draw the line?

  52. anonymous said

    September 5, 2014 @ 8:51 am

    If comments such as 821 occurred more frequently on this site, there would be no need for name calling and hostility among fellow eaters

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