California eating challenges and contests category

Upcoming eating contests
2021 Aug 22Wing Eating Contest Wing Fest San Diego San Diego, CA
Three random eating challenges
3 lb. burger 3 Pound Burger Challenge The Corner San Diego, CA topped w/six slices of cheese, two eggs, our homemade chili and jalapeños
5 lb. burger Paul Bunyan Burger Challenge The Lumber Mill Bar & Grill Idyllwild, CA
2.5 lb. burger OMB Challenge Oh My Burger Gardena, CA includes large fry trio and 30 oz shake
(All California eating challenges and contests in database)

Vegan Playground in Los Angeles will hold a vegan hot dog eating contest on July 21 awarding $500 to the winner.
The 2021 Nisei Week Festival in Los Angeles will be a virtual event, so the return of the gyoza eating contest this year appears unlikely.
Joel Hansen finished the Brahma Bull challenge in 8:06 at The Rib Line in San Luis Obispo, CA to break Raina Huang's record and claim a $1,000 prize.
The Rib Line BBQ & Grill in San Luis Obispo, CA will award $1000 to the first person to beat Raina Huang's time of 14:57 for the Brahma Bull sandwich challenge.
Raina Huang ate 57 tacos to win a contest held at Pez Cantina in Los Angeles tonight.
ABC30 reports that Marshall Hutchings is suing the Fresno Grizzlies for hosting a taco eating competition on August 13, 2019 that resulted in the death of his father, Dana Hutchings. The prize was a spot in the MLE taco eating contest that was to have taken place at the Taco Truck Throwdown scheduled for August 17.
The Fresno Bee has an article about Raina Huang's trip to Fresno, which included a Thai boat noodle challenge at Lotus Kitchen.
Ragin Cajun Cafe in Redondo Beach, CA will hold a crawfish eating contest on February 13 awarding a $300 gift card to the winner.
Tehachapi News has an article about Raina Huang completing the 7 pound "Big Chief" Indian taco challenge at Red House BBQ in Tehachapi, CA.
Greg Foster attempted to eat 123 Carolina Reaper peppers Saturday to set a world record. The feat would have placed him at the top spot in the League of Fire rankings.
The Smoking Gun in San Diego will hold a hot dog eating contest on July 4 awarding $1000 to the winner.
Salvation Army of San Diego announced it would not be holding a MLE donut eating contest this year on June 5, National Donut Day.
The Nisei Week Japanese Festival announced that it will not be held in 2020, which will also cancel the gyoza eating contest scheduled for August 22 in Los Angeles. The Festival intends to return in 2021.
An article by Jim Seimas about last June's Nathan's qualifier at Beach Boardwalk in Santa Cruz won the Associated Press Sports Editors award for papers with a circulation of 14,000 or less.
Takeru Kobayashi announced (in Japanese) that there will be no Gringo Bandito Hot Sauce Chronic Taco eating contest in 2020.
Round Table Pizza announced that Kevin Ross, Jon Rivera, Jon Davis, Raina Huang and edwardc3523 (probably Edward Chin) are the Reign of Fire finalists and will compete for a $5000 prize on March 28. It appears that Raina Huang received the wild card spot.
A commenter claimed that Raina Huang sped up her video to qualify for the Round Table Pizza Reign of Fire challenge finals. The video had background music added (contest rules require that the unedited video must be submitted.) (Youtube video)
Two burger challenges will be offered during Knott's Boysenberry Festival at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, CA from March 20 to April 19. The "Mega Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner-burger" contains 4 pounds of beef and is topped with 4 chicken breasts and a boysenberry pie. The "WOW Pasty" contains four pounds of hamburger and is wrapped in pie dough. The challenges cost $80 unless they are finished by a single diner.
It does not appear that the Sabroso Craft Beer Taco & Music Festival will take place this year. Sabrosotacofest.com redirects to a different website and its facebook page has no information about a 2020 event. The Dana Point, CA event was the site of the Gringo Bandito Taco Eating Contest, the biggest competition for Takeru Kobayashi.
Kevin Ross ate a five pound Fatass Burrito in about 8 minutes to win the first prize of $500 in a contest held at El Chingon in San Diego today.
El Chingon in San Diego will hold a five pound burrito eating contest on February 23 awarding $500 to the winner.
Nexx Burger in Downey, CA will award $300 if its Louie the XIII burger challenge is finished in under 13 minutes.
Round Table Pizza announces the Reign of Fire Challenge. Entrants (California residents only) will record video of themselves attempting a spicy pizza or wings challenge. The fastest times will make the finals in Florin, CA and compete for a $5,000 prize. (contest Instagram)

Raina Huang & Asian Hustle Network in LA Times

Raina Huang is featured prominently in a Los Angeles Times article about the Asian Hustle Network. Her father, Wil Huang, is also quoted:

Her new gig as a competitive eater and social media influencer — she’s the star of 600-plus videos — finally has won her father’s approval.

“I’m actually surprised with her character right now, once I got used to her choice,” Wil Huang, an IT engineer, said about his eldest daughter.

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Joey Chestnut ate 81 waffles over 8 minutes to win an eating contest held at tonight's San Jose Barracudas game. Matt Stonie was the runner-up with 75. update Contest video
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