Competitive Eating category

Leah Shutkever attempted a 120 ounce steak challenge at the Greyhound Inn in Yarlet, Staffordshire.
Pachiko District produced a video (in English) about Tokyo's top 10 restaurant challenges.
Men's Health has an article about Randy Santel losing over 100 pounds in 15 weeks.
Mirror has an article about Max Stanford creating a 4.5 kg beef trifle inspired by a Thanksgiving episode of "Friends".
Joey Chestnut appeared on Fox 59 this morning to discuss his Thanksgiving leftover recipes and promote his line of condiments.
Buzzfeed produced a video about Raina Huang.
In a pancake eating contest on tonight's episode of "Riverdale", big eater Jughead was defeated by Archie. The program this season has been rebranded as "Rivervale" to hint that it might be set in an alternate universe.
Nation's Restaurant News reports that Creating Culinary Communities will partner with Matt Stonie on a virtual restaurant which will not have any physical locations and only offer delivery/takeout. The brand is expected to launch before the end of 2021.
Beard Meats Food has started a podcast called Breaking Bread co-hosted with Josh Gudgeon. The podcast is currently #25 on the British comedy podcasts spotify.com rankings.
Larry David and comedian Patton Oswald faced off in a hot dog eating contest on tonight's episode of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" on HBOMax.
MoneyControl.com has an article about Indian food challenge videos. Viwa Food World (4.3M subscribers) Wake N Bite (1.95M) and Chicken Leg Piece (987K) are three of the youtube channels mentioned.
Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa, the Republican candidate in today's NYC mayoral election, competed in several Nathan's Famous finals in the 1990s, finishing 3rd in 1994. He appeared in "Footlong", a 2002 documentary about the hot dog using the 1998 Nathan's circuit as its framework which can be viewed on youtube. In interview starting around the 8:15 mark, he claims that defending champion Hirofumi Nakajima has been surgically altered with digestive enzymes.
Joey Chestnut was the guest star on a 2020 episode of "Scooby Doo and Guess Who?" in which Scooby and Shaggy crash a hot dog eating contest where Joey is facing off against "Big Eddy". Boomerang Africa has a clip of his appearance (starts at 3:00)
Geoff Esper and Molly Schuyler attempted the 40 inch square pizza challenge at Nick's Place in Lexington, MA.
Ethan Teske attained 300 successful restaurant challenges on a trip to Utah.

Tufts University lacrosse player passes away after hot dog eating contest

WCVB reports that Madie Nicpon, a defender on the Tufts University women’s lacrosse team from Suffern, NY, passed away after choking during a off campus hot dog held Sunday in Somerville, MA. The competition was part of “Play for Pink”, a breast cancer fundraiser. She is the second female student at a New England college to after choking in a charity eating contest in the past 5 years. Caitlin Nelson passed away in 2017 after choking in a pancake eating contest held at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT (WCVB news video | Lohud article)

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Erik "the electric" Lamkin attempted a 60 patty burger from In-n-Out.
Katina Eats Kilos has uploaded a video of the bratwurst eating contest at Oktoberfest in Milwaukee, which is the first head to head competition of her competitive eating career. (She was on the roster for the Fresno Tacos eating contest in 2019, which was cancelled after there was a tragedy in the qualifier for it).
The Sun has an article about Nikocado Avocado, whose weight has more than doubled since he started his big eating youtube channel.
"Glizzy Gladiator", a fictional movie project about a former hot dog eating champion's comeback, has hit its fundraising goal on kickstarter. Pledges will close today.
The Big Texan in Amarillo, TX has had its 72 ounce steak challenge finished in under an hour 10,000 times since its opening in 1960. The 10,000th success was by John Lamons on September 1.

Interview with Anne Nelson, sister of Caitlin Nelson

Daily Mail has an article about Anne Nelson, whose father, Port Authority Police Officer James Nelson, died in the World Trace Center wreckage. Another shocking fatality would strike the family 16 years later.

Tragedy stalked Anne again in 2017 when her sister Caitlin (then a 20 year old college student) died in a freak accident when she choked in a charity pancake eating contest.

‘I think that loss is what really made me process my father’s death a little more. Even though I had gone to therapy before, the enormity of it all didn’t really hit me until that happened.’

Anne Nelson’s story is proof that people can live through not one but multiple traumas and still recover. Now 31, Anne tries to honor her sister and dad in everything she does.

She currently works as a special needs teacher at an elementary school, inspired by Caitlin’s studies in social work and her father’s life-long emphasis on education. ‘I take a little bit of both of them in what I’m doing and I try to carry them with me through that.’

Nathan’s Hot Dog qualifiers, restricted to NYC civil servants, were held on top of the original World Trade Center from 1998 to 2000. “Hungry” Charles Hardy won all 3 contests. Very little information about the competitions remains on the internet. Here is a screen capture from the 2002 documentary “Footlong”

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Today marked the 2 year anniversary of the announcement of the passing of Juliet Lee, an incident which remains as shocking and mysterious as it was in 2019. (2019 Eatfeats post | 2020 Eatfeats post)
CBR.com has compiled a list of the 10 female anime characters with the biggest appetite.
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