2017 Taste of Syracuse Nathan’s qualifier

update Jun 4 American Fast Food Stories has a video

update Syracuse.com has a report

Official results Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
After no femaleless qualifiers from 2011-2016, the Syracuse qualifier appears to be the 2nd uncontested women’s division in 2017 after the Miami Marlins qualifier 🙁

1) Steve Hendry 30
2) Dan “Killer” Kennedy 26
3) William “Wild Bill” Myers 14.5
4) Tom Moore 10
5) Roger Green, Jr. 9
6T) Charles Curio 5
6T) Erik Johnson 5
6T) Allen Walz, Jr. 5

Steve Hendry and Bill Myers are expected to compete.

Comments (74)


  1. anonymous said

    June 3, 2017 @ 2:31 pm

    Finally, a decent total wins the contest.

  2. Anonymous said

    June 3, 2017 @ 2:46 pm

    Did George Shea drive or fly there?

  3. anon said

    June 3, 2017 @ 2:50 pm

    Bill Myers was 3rd with 14.5 HDB.

  4. anonymous said

    June 3, 2017 @ 3:41 pm

    14.5 is better than 11

  5. anonymous said

    June 3, 2017 @ 4:01 pm

    Pic of Steve Hendry with trophy:


  6. Anonymous said

    June 3, 2017 @ 4:04 pm

    Kennedy, what a loser

  7. anonymous said

    June 3, 2017 @ 4:27 pm

    Will Dan Kennedy try to qualify again? Will Steven Schuster, Nate Biller or Crazy Legs try again? Or Wild Bill?

    There are 6 qualifiers left and these are the potential eaters who have not qualified yet:

    Yasir Salem
    Carmen Cincotti
    Gideon Oji
    Geoff [will attend Boston]
    Juan Rodriguez [will attend Naperville]
    Darron Breeden
    Dan Kennedy
    Nate Biller
    Steven Schuster
    Keven Ambs
    Bill Myers
    Micah Collins
    Marcos Owens
    Ronnie Hartman
    Matthew Raible
    Damien Boykin
    Brandon Clarke: says he won’t sign this year

    For the women:

    Juliette Lee
    Daniella Gioia
    Nela Zisser
    Marlene Wigginton
    Lesley Ryder
    Taylor Coombs
    Noelle Morgan Dudzinski

  8. anonymous said

    June 3, 2017 @ 4:48 pm

    I forgot Bee Jay Alexander, who ate 17.5 HDB in the finals last year.

    Why was she removed from the rankings, by the way, since she is still under contract and did so well?

  9. juanmorebite82 said (Registered July 12, 2011)

    June 3, 2017 @ 6:06 pm

    Marlene is also attending Naperville along with me

  10. anonymous said

    June 3, 2017 @ 6:07 pm

    The only thing Kennedy is good at killing is his dreams.

    Also Lee is cheater.

  11. anonymous said

    June 3, 2017 @ 6:15 pm

    Thanks so much Juan! Go get ’em this year!!

  12. Anonymous said

    June 3, 2017 @ 9:49 pm

    Wait a second. If Dan attended, why didn’t the Carbo Cutie volunteer to become the sole female contestant?

  13. Secret sharer said

    June 3, 2017 @ 10:10 pm

    Heard a rumour that Carmen has been downing upwards to 90 hdb and figures he can do near 100

  14. anonymous said

    June 3, 2017 @ 10:31 pm

    The link OJ provided above has a short video:


  15. anonymous said

    June 3, 2017 @ 10:32 pm

    Hey DaGarbageDisposal, what do you think of Steve Hendry coming all the way from California to Syracuse to win the qualifier? You thought it was strange Eric Denmark flew in from Seattle to St. Louis. This is even farther. I wish Nathan’s would be more equitable with the distribution of their qualifiers.

  16. anonymous said

    June 3, 2017 @ 10:35 pm

    Speaking of west coast, Nathan’s plans on going to Seattle and Gilroy, CA this summer with their Mobile Sampling Tour:


    Jul 21st Bite of Seattle Seattle, WA
    Jul 28th Gilroy Garlic Festival Gilroy, CA

  17. anonymous said

    June 3, 2017 @ 10:45 pm

    Why does Wild Bill continue to compete in the qualifiers when his max in hot dogs is 14?

  18. Anon said

    June 3, 2017 @ 10:48 pm

    If you win a qualifier with enough hot dogs, does Nathan’s pay all of your travel expenses, like taxi, flight, subway, hotel, local transportation, etc.?

    What about meals and a cash travel allowance?

    Do you get your own hotel room, or do you have to share?

    How many nights will they pay for?

    Will Nathan’s prepare your dunking/drinking water to your specifications (temperature and type)?

    Does all the swag they give you fit in your suitcase for your flight home?

    Is there more than one after-party to choose from, like at Wing Bowl?

  19. anon said

    June 3, 2017 @ 10:55 pm

    I don’t doubt you Secret. Carmen is capable of anything. He had no trouble seizing the corn title from Yasir. I believe he could do 90 HDB this year. But isn’t he in school for a few months? Does he have time to practice?

  20. anon said

    June 3, 2017 @ 10:57 pm


  21. anonymous said

    June 3, 2017 @ 11:47 pm

    Who the hell wastes their time going to school these days with tuition at sky rocketed rate? Better off sitting home making eating videos on YT or playing poker professionaly

  22. Carmen said

    June 3, 2017 @ 11:58 pm

    1010 yeah I’m gonna go ahead and nip that one in the bud.

  23. Anonymous said

    June 4, 2017 @ 5:20 am

    Oh peeps, coach is gonna be awfully disappointed in me. Not a killer weekend to say the least

  24. anonymous said

    June 4, 2017 @ 6:28 am

    Carmen does 90hdbs,?

  25. anonymous said

    June 4, 2017 @ 9:08 am

    Nathans will pay for shit Chestnut and Stonie are on their payroll and those are the only ranked eaters earning a salary from CE not to mention the 6 figures Stonie is pulling in from YT. And you still continue to high five Chestnut prior to the intro’s ? Your e the fool if you do

  26. Secret sharer said

    June 4, 2017 @ 10:37 am

    11:58 is an imposture Carmen has a verified account here.

  27. anonymous said

    June 4, 2017 @ 12:02 pm

    Carmen you ever play $5 $10 cash at Harrahs or Borgata?

  28. Walrus dogs said

    June 4, 2017 @ 12:24 pm

    Carmen was coached by Walrus and bailed ship. Carmen was smart enough not to flex all the time and put up videos like Walrus of him feasting on friends. Walruses eventually eat their friends. That’s why they are so big.

  29. Carmen said

    June 4, 2017 @ 2:09 pm

    nope it’s me I have an account but I don’t feel like logging in.

    1202 nope, I’m not good enough for those stakes 🙁 had to take a break ever since I moved up to the NY area with everything going on on my end.

    in regards to hotdogs – I don’t have a tolerance for them, which is what I’m attempting to work on now. It’s really sad actually. hopefully I get this shit going.

  30. Anonymous said

    June 4, 2017 @ 3:09 pm

    Real question why does Lesco smile with her mouth closed? Never seen her teeth in any picture. something
    Wrong with her teeth ? If so its amazing she does so well without fully functioning set .

  31. anonymous said

    June 4, 2017 @ 4:23 pm

    Very good point She might not have any teeth

  32. anonymous said

    June 4, 2017 @ 4:26 pm

    Stick to the tournaments Carmen more action and less money invested. 5 10 can burn a hole in your wallet faster than a 3 alarm blaze. Now that you live in NY at least the temptation is further away

  33. anon said

    June 4, 2017 @ 6:59 pm

    I have discovered 3 pics of Michelle smiling with her mouth open:




  34. Anonymous said

    June 4, 2017 @ 7:06 pm

    Do competitive eater have dental problems?

  35. Anonymous said

    June 4, 2017 @ 7:16 pm

    Here is an interview with Michelle Lesco from 2015 that shows she is missing a tooth:


    [at 1:27-1:28]

  36. Anonymous said

    June 4, 2017 @ 7:19 pm


  37. anonymous said

    June 4, 2017 @ 7:53 pm

    It is clear that her front teeth are in terrible shape. It appears as though the dentist chiseled them down to fragments. Certainly far from pearly whites you find on hollywood celebs

  38. anonymous said

    June 4, 2017 @ 7:56 pm

    719 that was cold man real cold. She is not a millionaire and dental insurance costs a fortune but then again the Sheas should pay for her implants or new dentures

  39. anonymous said

    June 4, 2017 @ 7:59 pm

    On the flip side can you do some research and find one pic with Conti mouth closed when posing for a camera shot

  40. Anonymous said

    June 4, 2017 @ 9:18 pm


    Dental insurance is $85 per year at Costco:


    She could use some of the winnings or money for travel to pay for dental insurance; it’s her choice Her Nathan’s winnings last year would have easily paid for it.

  41. anonymous said

    June 4, 2017 @ 9:26 pm

    Why should MLE pay for your dental work, unless your teeth were damaged during a contest? There is a strong likelihood the teeth were damaged from repeated reversing (stomach acid severely erodes tooth enamel, thus weakening the teeth). Does MLE make anyone reverse?

  42. anon said

    June 4, 2017 @ 9:53 pm

    I had a rough day and night last night. I read the following article last night before going to bed, which caused me nightmares


    “Evidence grows linking grilled meat and cancer, but you can lower the risk”


    “When cooked at high temperatures or over open flames, according to accumulating evidence, compounds in red and processed meats undergo biochemical reactions that produce carcinogenic compounds capable of altering the eater’s DNA. Most of the research has been conducted in lab dishes and in animals. But some emerging evidence is starting to connect the dots to human risks of cancer, too.”

    I dreamed I had an incurable rare disease and only a few weeks to live.

    I had been looking forward to eating hot dogs and training, but now I am worried. Should I stop being a competitive eater?

  43. anonymous said

    June 4, 2017 @ 10:56 pm

    Dental insurance is $85 ? What era are you living in ? The 40’s? How hot dogs relates to teeth erosion should be least of you worries. The evidence with regard to red meat points to cancer and other deadly disease and most competitive eaters are well aware of the consequences but they love to eat meat the same way a drug addict is addicted to heroine or someone addicted to nicotine. They refuse to stop because they enjoy it and no commercial or media advertisement will stop them. Tv ads are swarmed with anti smoking commercials depicting young men and women with tubes inserted in their adams apple taking their last breath . With that said its still not convincing enough for people to stop smoking. Somewhere down the line you will see a commercial depicting a former competitive eater wearing a Nathans t-shirt with tubes running up their nostril on a life support machine in intensive care gasping their final breath ” I did it for the love of the sport”

  44. Aonymous said

    June 4, 2017 @ 11:12 pm

    Did you go to the link and enter your zip for a dental estimate?


    Go there. For one person in my area (expensive area), dental insurance is $85 and change per year (plus the Costco Executive membership at $120 per year).

  45. anon said

    June 4, 2017 @ 11:14 pm

    anonymous 10:56: this comment from the article above made me feel better about hot dogs:

    “To claim that cancer is caused by eating cooked meat to a point where it is browned, crisp or otherwise is totally foolish. Mankind has cooked their meats for millennia and cancer itself has grown at disproportionate measures no matter. “

  46. DaGarbageDisposal said (Registered May 5, 2017)

    June 4, 2017 @ 11:20 pm

    June 3rd 10:32PM, I am brand new with this MLE and E and all this talk, I just want to have a good time and compete. If that is the rules and they are okay with it I accept it. In time I thank I will sign a contract. I just started heavy into challenges about 6 or so months ago and I push myself to beat what I have done before. I try to set records not only to top someone’s time but most importantly to prove to myself that I can. It drives me more and more when people don’t have faith in me so I welcome all the negative comments. You can say what you want about me but check out some of my YouTube videos I started to make and I rest my case. Just did one today actually. Oh and the name is Brandon Clark (without an e but I have been called way worse). I did set a record at the cookie competition with 26 3oz cookies in St Charles MO but they didn’t post that one, I will live though lol. Thank you for your time and all the help I receive on here. BTW if anyone wants to try the Big Don in Rockford IL I can go this week or next week on any week day but Fridays. I ate my half in under 30 minutes, just need a partner. Good Night

  47. anonymous said

    June 5, 2017 @ 12:10 am

    Brandon do you still live with mommy and daddy and dont pay rent?

  48. anonymous said

    June 5, 2017 @ 11:38 am

    such mean ass shit bout lesco’s teeth

  49. Anonymous said

    June 5, 2017 @ 1:08 pm

    To respond to the dental insurance crowd, having insurance for $85 (or any other sum) doesn’t mean you won’t have other expenses related to your teeth care. Fillings, crowns, false teeth, cleanings, root canals and what have you still cost something. A single visit with serious issues can run into the hundreds (and thousands) easily. It’s better than doing it without insurance, but it’s definitely not gonna happen for $85 flat.

  50. anonymous said

    June 5, 2017 @ 3:56 pm

    I have a question. Please answer me.

    In the videos of Michelle above:


    at 2:05, Michelle eats a hot dog in 3 bites, without chewing any of the four pieces. She just swallows them and is done in just 2 seconds or so.

    But from what I have read, the average diameter of the esophagus is 1.5 to 2 cm at rest, which is at most, 3/4 of an inch. That is less than the diameter of most hot dogs. I understand when swallowing, the esophagus becomes larger, but I can’t imagine there is much clearance for the hot dog. How can new competitive eaters try to swallow a bite of a hot dog if they fear choking? I won’t do it because I don’t want to risk my life. If they do end up choking, by the time EMT’s arrive, it will be too late, and the Heimlich Maneuver is not guaranteed to work, any only if people are there. Nate Figueroa said he was nervous practicing hot dogs alone in his video. Is there any way you can practice eating hot dogs at an ER? Or can you be intubated with a (semi-permanent) tube prior to practicing?

    I need help. I don’t know what to do. If I tired and did it, I would no longer be scared, but the consequence if I try and fail is potential death.

  51. anonymous said

    June 5, 2017 @ 4:39 pm

    don’t practice alone, idiot

  52. DaGarbageDisposal said (Registered May 5, 2017)

    June 5, 2017 @ 4:59 pm

    June 5th 12:10AM No I don’t live with my paremts but my house and cars are all paid for 12 years ago, but what does any of that have to do with anything? Because I said week days I can go? I am self employeed so I pick when I want to work, other than that. I am 41 years old, I thank that would be a lil too old to live with the parents even if they had a basement lol.

  53. anonymous said

    June 5, 2017 @ 7:05 pm

    I am sorry for being an idiot.

  54. anonymous said

    June 5, 2017 @ 10:31 pm

    Garbage disposal at 41 yrs of age this is the best you can do with your life? Pitiful

  55. anonymous said

    June 6, 2017 @ 12:24 pm

    Seiken is 75 and cries himself to sleep every night wishing this could be his life.

  56. DaGarbageDisposal said (Registered May 5, 2017)

    June 7, 2017 @ 5:42 pm

    Anonymous 10:31PM, seems to me at first you thought I was too young and stayed with my parents and now I told you my age now I am too old. Seems to me I can’t win anyway I go because some people will never be happy unless they try and tear someone else down for the to feel better. I apologize that you have to be negative and I have no worries in my life. I am happy in the position I am in and decided to. You have the freedom to have any wild idea you have about how other’s lives should be ran but to say it is pitiful is you view and doesn’t make it true, just your opinion. Subscribe to my YouTube page and continue the negative comments while you enjoy the challenges and contests. Have a gr8 day unless you made other plans already.

  57. anonymous said

    June 7, 2017 @ 8:36 pm

    anonymous 7:05pm. sorry, I called you an idiot because it’s my way of saying be safe. Didn’t mean to be a jerk. Please be safe. You don’t have to practice alone. Find someone to practice with. Or better, just use contests that have EMTs as your way of practicing. Don’t do challenges or contests that don’t have EMTs, EVER. Ask other eaters questions about how they get better. Not every training technique the eaters need someone to be there. Like eat pounds of high water fruits like watermelon, slowly. Or cabbage. Build up your capacity then try again. Be fit. Exercise. That helps alot. Look at all those top eaters, they are in good shape. Keep asking questions. And most importantly, stay safe. You wouldn’t drive a car without knowing how to drive or without a seatbelt. Stay safe.

  58. anonymous said

    June 7, 2017 @ 9:07 pm

    Thanks so much for your help 8:36, and concern! It is people like you who make this a good place. Thanks for taking the time to try and help.

  59. DaGarbageDisposal said (Registered May 5, 2017)

    June 9, 2017 @ 9:49 pm

    Indeed thanks 8:36 because I am new as well and as you know there are some people rather be negative than anything. I appreciate you and the other ones that help us new guys out because we just started and we don’t know much. I am done with almost all the challenges in St Louis, I have one to do Sunday and another next week and I will be done with all the ones I know of. I am askin’ if anyone stays near Kansas City or Chicago that wants to do a team challenge that pays cash I am ready to hit the road. find me on FB or on YouTube, thanks in advance

  60. Anonymous said

    June 10, 2017 @ 7:38 am

    GarbagDisposal, checked out your YouTube of your cookie eating contest. Smart dunking idea you had there.

    To you an the other poster who asked about training, check out Randy Santel’s training tips, which are really good, probably the best out there. I think he has a couple of pages on general training, and a few specific training pages. I think he lives somewhere near St Louis, so you might be able to meet up with him for that challenge.

  61. DaGarbageDisposal said (Registered May 5, 2017)

    June 10, 2017 @ 4:40 pm

    Thanks for checkin’ it out 7:38, I had it planned a whole nother route but as usual the whole plan changes wants the competition starts. I am headed to Baconfest now in Washington , MO. I was wonderin’ why they never posted the cookie completion results in the contest results category.

  62. Cookie Baby said

    June 10, 2017 @ 7:58 pm

    You want a cookie, DaGarbageDisposal? This is at least the second time you’ve bitched about OJ for not posting the cookie results. Whenever OJ did or not, who gives a shit? Also, nobody cares about your plans. You’re the only person that gives life details on this forum. Nobody cares if you beat Randy’s times either. If you compared pictures head to head, you always get the kids size meal.

  63. Canadian Made said

    June 10, 2017 @ 11:16 pm

    Nobody from Ontario bothered to come down this year . I guess there happy knowing they get to compete in the poutine Championship in October every year while the best Canadian eater who is from Vancouver BC, is relegated to “amateur” 5 minute round .

  64. Cookie tears said

    June 10, 2017 @ 11:23 pm

    I once ate a cookie at home in 4 minutes 38 seconds. Verified. Why didn’t I get famous? It was an Oreo without filling. Originally a double stuff one but I realized if I took out the middle that would make it easier and boost my time.

  65. Anonymous said

    June 11, 2017 @ 10:01 am

    Who eats Oreos? It’s all about peeps, peep. That and a MASSIVE 4lb pancake challenge. Coach walrus taught me using big adjectives embellishes the challenge even more

  66. Cookie tears said

    June 11, 2017 @ 11:35 am

    Walruses used to work at bakeries back in the 19th century. They were notorious for failing to do anything productive. They ate all the product they made. Pure gluttony. They became huge and were fired from coaching those under them for their miserable performance. Missing product over time led to lying about sizes of products in consumable goods. Ultimately this also led to restaurant challenges. 4 lb challenges were equivalent to 8 lb challenges. This was almost crappily passed off by using stupid camera angles and flexing. Peeps couldn’t save the walruses. They imploded. It was disgusting. See! It all comes full circle!

  67. DaGarbageDisposal said (Registered May 5, 2017)

    June 11, 2017 @ 4:12 pm

    Cookie Baby I would disagree, when I do challenges other’s do I try to go a step higher because I like to push myself and that helps me train better. I won the Baconfest last night in Washington MO and I also won the Hooter’s wing competition today in St Louis MO. Doesn’t matter what you say at least I know you are followin’ me as well lol. Thanks for keepin’ up with me, add me on YouTube I don’t mind haters on their either. The better I do the more haters I get, I must be doin’ somethin’ right. You can at what you want but as long as I am winnin’ competitions I know I am the best one there, maybe you was won of the 2nd place contestants at one of them but all I know, I wasn’t. Thanks again and have a gr8 day unless you made other plans already.

  68. Anonymous said

    June 11, 2017 @ 6:26 pm

    Did you guys know walruses preferred food these days is extra crispy, extra skin KFC?

  69. Garbage eater said

    June 11, 2017 @ 9:53 pm

    You failed middle school English classes.
    First place is still losing if your competition sucks.
    Have a great day!

  70. Greaseball said

    June 11, 2017 @ 9:57 pm

    Some walruses eat their young when they are out of chicken fat. This makes for extra insulation during contests. Have you even seen the Walrus pictures at a contest where he wasn’t swimming in saline? Grotesque walruses shower with their dogs while smearing Crisco on twelve chins.

  71. CarboPukie said (Registered May 30, 2017)

    June 12, 2017 @ 5:52 am

    @Greaseball I fully expect to see the Walrus and his dog doing this on the next Feasting with Friends. They can fight over who gets the colonel’s original recipe and who gets the crisco

  72. anyonymous said

    June 17, 2017 @ 9:07 pm


    Dan Kennedy has posted a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_9_Ic4J9J4

    [the video of the full contest will launch on his YT account 6/19/2017)

    In addition, the Carbo Cutie has participated in her first eating contest:


  73. anyonymous said

    June 17, 2017 @ 9:08 pm

    Killer has done a new intro for his YouTube channel:


  74. anonymous said

    June 20, 2017 @ 1:33 am

    Killer has just released another Nathan’s Syracuse video:


  75. Saroj Chauhan said (Comment pending approval)

    February 5, 2022 @ 3:15 am

    Hi! I love how informative and great your articles are. Can you recommend any other blogs that share recipes of Paleo Bars or any other healthy snack recipes? Thanks a lot!

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