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Gideon Oji, George Chiger, Crazy Legs Conti and Larell Marie Mele are expected to compete in Friday's Nathan's qualifier in Times Square. The competition is part of a "Hot Dogs in the City" exhibition that features a 65 foot long hot dog that can rise up and shoot confetti.
WATE has a news video about Knoxville mayor Glenn Jacobs (WWE Hall of Famer "Kane") competing in the Ultimate Bologna Showdown in Knoxville on May 18. Joey Chestnut, Geoff Esper, James Webb and Gideon Oji are also expected to compete. (youtube video).
Knoxville Mayor Glenn Jacobs, who competed in WWE as "Kane", will be the only amateur entrant in the Ultimate Bologna Showdown in Knoxville, TN on May 18. Joey Chestnut and Geoff Esper are also expected to compete.
Defending champion Miki Sudo, Nick Wehry, Eric "Badlands" Booker, Yasir Salem, George Chiger and Darrien Thomas are expected to compete in the National Sweet Corn Eating Championship at the Sweet Corn Fiesta in West Palm Beach on April 28. This will be Yasir Salem's first MLE contest since 2018.
Miki Sudo, Gideon Oji, Nick Wehry and Jocelyn Walker are expected to compete in the National Sweet Corn Eating Championship at the Sweet Corn Fiesta in West Palm Beach on April 28.
Expected entrants (Part 2) for the Eating Uranus Fudge Galactic Championship on March 30 in St. Robert, MO: Geoffrey Esper, Miki Sudo, Nick Wehry, James Webb, Michelle Lesco, Gideon Oji, Pat Bertoletti, George Chiger, Crazy Legs Conti, Rene Rovtar, John Gebhard, Greg Wilson, Matt Raible and Jocelyn Young.
Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Joey Bosa will compete in the Wonderful Pistachios eating contest at Pacific Park in Santa Monica on February 26. Other expected entrants include defending champ Nick Wehry, Joey Chestnut, James Webb, Bartley Weaver IV and Darrien Thomas.
Joey Chestnut, Geoff Esper, Miki Sudo, Nick Wehry, James Webb, Derek Hendrickson and Pat Bertoletti are expected to compete in Siegel’s Bagelmania World Bagel Eating Championship in Las Vegas on January 13.
Raina Huang, Zermatt Neo, Kelvin "Zarkman" Medina and Xiao Hui from Taiwan will compete in the noodle eating championship at the Singapore Comic Con on December 9
Nick Wehry announced he intends to compete in Saturday's St. Elmo's shrimp cocktail eating contest in Indianapolis along with Joey Chestnut, Geoff Esper, Miki Sudo and Alex "Moose" Perez.
The full field for Saturday's tamale eating contest in Lewisville, TX has been posted: Geoff Esper, Miki Sudo, Michelle Lesco, James Webb, Adrian Morgan, Derek Hendrickson, Darrien Thomas, Greg Wilson, Nathan Biller, Sergio Reyes Raya, Jocelyn Young and Albert Bravo (Nick Wehry was also listed but he will be doing the Cheesesteak Egg Roll Bowl.)
The field for the Cheesesteak Egg Roll Bowl at Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City on September 30 has been announced. Joey Chestnut, Nick Wehry, Gideon Oji, Darrien Thomas, George Chiger, Eric "Badlands" Booker, Rene Rovtar, William Myers, Alex Perez, Michael Dietz, Peter Ritter and Nicholas Bard are expected to compete.
Joey Chestnut and Geoff Esper are expected to compete in the Trenton Thunder pork roll eating contest on September 23.

2023 Buffalo Wing Fest fields

Joey Chestnut, Geoff Esper, Miki Sudo, Nick Wehry, Gideon Oji, James Webb, George Chiger, Ronnie Hartman, Badlands Booker, Crazy Legs Conti, Jim Reeves and Mike Harris are expected to compete in the Wing It On! USA Chicken Wing Eating Championship at the Buffalo Wing Fest September 3.

Joey Chestnut, Miki Sudo, Nick Wehry, Gideon Oji, George Chiger, Ronnie Hartman, Badlands Booker, Crazy Leg Conti, Jim Reeves, Rene Rovtar and Cherish Brown are expected to compete in the Buffalo Buffet Bowl Eating Championship on September 2.

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Radim Dvoracek from the Czech Republic, Max Stanford, John "Food and the Beast" Dawes along with Ronnie Hartman are expected to compete in the Nathan's qualifier at Seal Bay Resort in Selsey, England on August 26.
Defending champ Geoff Esper, Miki Sudo, Nick Wehry, Gideon Oji, Darrien Thomas and Matt Raible are expected to compete in Saturday's Great Midwest Rib Eating Championship in Prior Lake, MN.
Sean Yeager and Andrew Puhl are expected to compete in Saturday's ShuBrew hot dog eating contest in Zelienople, PA. The competition will award $1000 if the winning total exceeds 20 hot dogs.

2023 Nathan’s Famous finals qualifiers

It was announced earlier today that Prudence DiBenedetto has received a wild card spot in the Nathan’s finals, which implies four wild cards will be granted. Here are the current fields with the currently announced international byes assuming four wild cards. It is not clear if all the female wild cards will compete, since they will have to pay for their own travel.
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Current 2023 Nathan’s Famous field

Here is the current Nathan’s field based on the byes posted on the MLE twitter

Men
Champions bye: Joey Chestnut
International byes: Ricardo Corbucci, Adam “Beard Meats Food” Moran, Max Suzuki, James Webb
Qualifier winners:

2023 May 13 44 Nick Wehry Kissimmee, FL
2023 May 27 50 Geoffrey Esper Berea, OH
2023 Jun 9 40 Bartley Weaver, IV Dayton, OH
2023 Jun 17 34.5 Darrien “Cheesecurd” Thomas Cincinnati, OH
2023 Jun 17 32.5 Derek Hendrickson Pleasanton, CA

Women
Champions byes: Miki Sudo, Michelle Lesco
International bye: Mary Bowers
Qualifier winners:

2023 May 13 10 Jocelyn Young Kissimmee, FL
2023 May 27 15.5 Larell Marie “The Real Deal” Mele Berea, OH
2023 Jun 9 10 Kelly Wong Dayton, OH
2023 Jun 9 10 Cherish “Five Pounds” Brown Dayton, OH
2023 Jun 17 7.5 Rene Rovtar Cincinnati, OH
2023 Jun 17 14 Katie Prettyman Pleasanton, CA

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James Webb and Adam "Beard Meats Food" Moran have received byes to the Nathan's finals.
Nick Wehry announces that he will be competing in Saturday's strawberry shortcake eating contest in Mattituck, NY along with Geoff Esper, Miki Sudo and Badlands Booker. If Joey Chestnut misses this contest, he will be coming into Nathan's Famous contest on July 4 with just two victories in nine contests over the past 18 months.
Nick Wehry announces that he will compete in Friday's World Donut Eating Championship at the USS Midway in San Diego along with Miki Sudo, Derek Hendrickson and James Webb.
Defending champion Geoff Esper, Nick Wehry, James Webb, Derek Hendrickson and Nate Biller are expected to compete in the Outlaw Egg Rolls’ World Egg Roll Eating Championship in Lubbock, TX June 10.
Nick Wehry announced that he, Joey Chestnut, defending champ Geoff Esper, Miki Sudo and James Webb are expected to compete in Jack's Donuts donut hole eating contest in New Castle, IN on May 26.
Nick Wehry, Bartley Weaver IV, Rene Rovtar and Jocelyn Walker are expected to compete in Saturday's Nathan's Famous qualifier in Kissimmee, FL
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