United States eating challenges and contests category

Darron Breeden and Gideon Oji attempted the Grand Sicilian deep dish pizza challenge at Beau Jo's in Denver, CO.
Raina Huang and Joel Hansen both attempted the 28 inch pizza challenge at Studebaker's in Gatesville, TX.
Joey Chestnut, Miki Sudo and Gideon Oji are expected to compete in the Western Days Festival World Tamale Eating Championship in Lewisville, TX on September 26. update Miki Sudo says that Nick Wehry, Katie Prettyman, Alex Perez and Jocelyn Walker will also compete.
The Big Ten college athletic conference voted to start playing football games on October 24, with the conference championship deferred to December 19 in Indianapolis. This raises the possibility that St. Elmo's Shrimp Eating Championship can be held in conjunction with that event as in the previous 7 years. update Sept 21 The Big Ten has confirmed its football championship will be December 19 in Indianapolis.
Tiffin the Indian Kitchen restaurant in Chicago will hold a samosa eating contest on October 25 awarding $500 to the winner. Pat Bertoletti will be a celebrity judge at the event.
GastonGazette has an article about Randy Santel attempting the new challenge burger at Bad Daddy's Burger Bar in Gastonia, NC Friday. The crowd for the challenge was the restaurant's largest since February.
The owner of a Dallas food truck says $1000 will be awarded if its burger challenge is completed.
CBS Denver has an interview with Bryan "Big Sexy" Beard about his 11 year competitive eating career.

One year anniversary of Juliet Lee’s passing

Today marks the one year anniversary of Fox 5 DC’s article about the passing of Juliet Lee, which was announced on the MLE website the day before. This remains the only significant information about the shock death, with no additional salient media coverage, autopsies, or criminal investigations having been promulgated since that date. A statement about the passing was picked up by Patch.com and several other outlets, which gave a date for the tragedy as September 9, 2019. Several social media comments contradicted that infomation, and gave her final date as August 16, 2019.

Searching the Montgomery County (MD) police database for mid-August 2019 events in Germantown, MD (Juliet’s hometown) brings up the following incident on which appears to correspond to Juliet Lee’s passing. The record is of minimal interest until the penultimate field, which is “SUDDENDEATHUNDETERMIND”. [I have redacted the address field even though it has only a street name and lacks a house number]

Direct linking to the entry is not allowed; if you want to view it for yourself, the easiest way is probably to go the police database website and search for Crime Report #190039103. This brings up the question: if the incident was labeled a crime, what was the result of the criminal investigation? Other unanswered questions include:

  • If the August 16 date is accurate, why did 24 days elapse between the tragedy and any announcement of it?
  • Who contacted Major League Eating about the fatality and when was that information provided?
  • Was Juliet Lee transported to a hospital and what medical personnel attended her?
  • Other than the Fox 5 article, why was there minimal media coverage of the incident? As far as I know. the Washington Post (Motto: “Democracy Dies in Darkness”) and its associated social media outlets have made absolutely no mention of Juliet Lee’s passing. (Washington Post search link)
  • Why was the record in the Montgomery County police database categorized as “WORKING CODE” ?
  • Why was Juliet Lee’s husband (or ex-husband), Joe Callow, not mentioned in the statement about her death; Juliet’s daughters are the only relatives mentioned.
  • Juliet Lee’s final video for Major League Eating was uploaded on August 22, six days after August 16. When was that video filmed and who recorded and uploaded it?
  • Why was there was no posting about Juliet Lee’s passing on MLE social media until the Nathan’s Famous hot dog eating contest in July? A post at the bottom of majorleagueeating.com was the sole mention by the organization.

2019 EatFeats post about the fatality. An anonymous comment appears to have some inside information about the incident.

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Fat Boy's Pizza has opened a location in Baton Rouge. Like the original site in Metairie, LA, the restaurant will award $2500 if Joey Chestnut's time of 40 seconds for its 2 foot pizza slice challenge is broken.
BestDocumentaryTV has uploaded a short documentary about the 1999 matzoh ball eating contest held at Ben's Deli won by Russell Machover. Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa makes an appearance but does not compete.
Miki Sudo has posted a video of her attempting two 72 ounce steak challenges at The Big Texan in Amarillo, TX that was recorded in September 2019.

2020 Colorado State Fair Slopper contest

(Official results)
1) Geoff Esper 37.5 sloppers in 8 minutes, new record
2) Joey Chestnut 32
3) Nick Wehry 28
4) Gideon Oji 23.5
5) Darron Breeden 21.5
6) Bryan Beard 12
7) Alex Perez 6

The livestream of today’s World Slopper Eating Championhip can be viewed at https://www.coloradostatefair.com/

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Raina Huang and Joel Hansen will attempt the new Krazy King Food Challenge at Krazy Katsu & Udon in Houston on September 9.
Geoff Esper has posted his video of the burger challenge at Eagle's Deli in Brighton, CO, which was featurede in the Boston episode of Man v. Food. Nick Wehry also attempted the challenge.
The field for the World Slopper Eating Championship at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo Saturday will include Joey Chestnut, Geoff Esper, Gideon Oji, Nick Wehry, Bryan Beard, Alex Perez and defending champion Darron Breeden.
Lewisville, TX will hold a virtual tamale eating contest on September 26 as part of its Western Days celebration. Entrants have yet to be announced. update The contest will be in-person, but closed to spectators. Registration will open September 7
SalisburyPost.com has a report on Randy Santel completing the burrito challenge at Go Burrito in Salisbury, NC.
Miki Sudo has uploaded a video of Nick Wehry attempting the undefeated 14 pound challenge at Pizza Mia in Newburgh, NY consisting of pizza, wings and fried dough challenge.
The World Slopper-Eating Championship will return to the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo on September 5. The contest will be closed to spectators but will be livestreamed. Joey Chestnut and defending champion Darron Breeden are expected to compete along with six unnamed Major League eaters.
Raina Huang, Derek Hendrickson and Blaine Koenig will compete in a hot eating contest at Dirt Dog in Las Vegas on August 29.
Lonestar Cheeseburger in San Angelo, TX will hold a cheeseburger eating contest on September 18 awarding $500 to the winner.
Wayne Algenio's appearance on the Brooklyn episode of "Eddie Eats America" was televised by The Cooking Channel yesterday and can be streamed online. The episode will be rerun at 10:30pm eastern on September 1.
WDPH has an article about Nick Wehry completing the challenge at Pizza Mia while Miki Sudo watched. The challenge weighs 14 pounds and consists of a garlic knot pizza, 12 Buffalo wings, a giant order of fried dough and 2 liters of soda.
PWInsider has a report on yesterday's Reel Rumble at the Mahoning Drive In in Lehighton, PA in which "Megabyte" Ronnie Hartman made his pro wrestling debut. Ronnie and his teammate Faye Jackson defeated Rex Lawless and Dominic Garrini.
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