Wilmington, DE eating challenges and contests category

Upcoming Wilmington eating contests
Wilmington eating challenges
(All Wilmington eating challenges and contests in database)

Gus's Crab Shack will hold a corn eating contest in Port Penn, DE August 27 awarding $1000 to the winner.
Jack Diamond ate the Gut Buster Eating Challenge in Hockessin, DE in 4:05 today to win a contest. The food included a hamburger, hot-dog, cole-slaw, mashed potatoes, two chicken wings, two oysters, watermelon, a cupcake and a Budweiser.
The Wilmington (DE) Blue Rocks will hold a hot dog eating contest after Friday's game awarding $500 to the winner.

Eating contests held throughout football season

Several restaurants are holding eating contests that will take place throught football season:

  • Battle of the Bone 5 – Phoenix area Native New Yorker restaurants – qualifiers will take place on Wednesdays throughout football season – finals December 8 will award a trip to the Super Bowl
  • Court Jester’s – Aberdeen & Freehold, NJ – Weekly hot wing eating qualifiers during Monday Night Football – finals during Super Bowl will award $1750 ($1000 to winner)
  • Smoke City Market – Sherman Oaks, CA qualify for Jan 27 contest by eating rack of ribs
  • Two Stones Pub – Newark, DE – 10 patrons who eat most foot long hot dogs will get a spot in a Super Bowl party
  • The Whiskey Barrel – Gloucester City, NJ – weekly hot dog eating qualifiers will be held during Monday Night Football, final will be held during Super Bowl


Delaware Park in Wilmington, DE will hold a Wing Off for Wing Bowl 20 on December 29.
Jake's Wayback Burgers has a facebook gallery of Friday's Chowdown Showdown burger eating contest in Wilmington, DE.
Furious Pete won Jake's Burgers eating contest in Wilmington, DE for the third year in a row, earning him a prize of $2000. update August 13 The top 3 has been posted: 1) "Furious" Pete Czerwinksi 11 burgers in 8 minutes 2) Dale Boone 9.5 burgers 3) Joe Menchetti 8.5 burgers
The website for Jake's Wayback Burgers has a page about the Fourth Chowdown Showdown burger eating contest. Ten qualifiers will take place in the northeast United States between August 2 and 11 and the finals on August 12 in Wilmington, Delaware will award $3,500 ($2,000 to the winner). The registration deadline is July 31.
Star News Online has a blog entry about the video produced to encourage Man vs. Food to record a segment about the pancake challenge at Cosmic Kitchen in Wilmington, NC.
DelawareOnline.com has a blog entry listing several Delaware (and one suburban Philadelphia) eating challenges.
Jake's Burgers facebook has the top 3 of Friday's Chowdown Showdown burger eating contest: 1) "Furious" Pete Czerwinski, 2) "Gentleman" Joe Menchetti, 3) Dale Boone
"Furious" Pete Czerwinski's facebook announces that he won the Jake's Burgers finals for the second year in a row at a Wilmington Blue Rocks game last night. update Rocky Billitto, winner of the Middleton, DE qualifier has a video of the contest.
Jake Burgers facebook lists the finalists for the Chowdown Showdown in Wilmington, DE Friday: Joe Menchetti, Rocky Billitto, and Dave Brunelli.
Registration for tomorrow's qualifiers for Jake's Chowdown Showdown will close today. The finals on August 13 in Wilmington, Delaware will award $3,500 ($2,000 to the winner)
The third Jake's Burgers eating contest has been announced. Four qualifiers (Newark, DE, Middletown, DE, Kennett Square, PA and Mystic, CT) will take place on August 7. The finals at Frawley Stadium in Wilmington, DE August 13 will award $2,000 to the winner ($3,500 overall).

DelawareOnline on The Great Steak Challenge

DelawareOnline has an article about “The Great Steak Challenge” offered by My Steak and Main in North East, Maryland which will be Adam Richman’s Baltimore-area challenge in an upcoming episode of Man vs. Food. An unnamed 110 pound Japanese woman is listed as one of the diners who completed the challenge.


"Furious" Pete Czerwinski has started a bodybuilding.com thread about his two record-breaking victories (Jake's Burgers & Dani's Pizza) this weekend. The thread has pictures which display Pete's new hair dye job. (Kobayashi is the only other competitive eater to change his hair color for a contest I am aware of.)
YFrog has a picture of the winner of tonight's Jake's Burger contest. It appears to be Furious Pete, but the picture is too vague to tell conclusively.

GJoe, Boone, Furious Pete in IFOCE sanctioned contest?

The Delaware Sports Examiner has a preview of Jake’s burger eating contest finals that will take place at the July 31 Wilmington Blue Rocks game. According to the article, the contest will be sanctioned by the IFOCE (?) and four professional competitive eaters (Pete Czerwinski, Dale Boone, Joe Menchetti and Ian Hickman) and four amateurs will compete.

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Youtube has a video of Ian Hickman winning the Jake's Burgers qualifier in New Castle Delaware.
The first qualifier for Jake's Burgers contest will take place tomorrow in Wilmington, Delaware. All qualifiers will award $100 to the winner and the overall victor will receive $2000.

2009 Jake’s Burger Contest Schedule

An emailed PDF file has information about Jake’s Burger Eating contest

The finals will be held July 31 at a Wilmington (Delaware) Blue Rocks game and award $2000 to the winner, $1000 to second place and $500 to third place

Qualifier Dates $100 awarded to each qualifier winner
6/14 Wilmington, DE (Kirkwood Hwy)
6/22 Newark, DE
6/23 New Castle, DE
6/29 Elkton, DE
6/30 Dover, DE
7/13 Bear, DE
7/14 Claymont, DE
7/19 Chadds Food, PA

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Jake’s Burger (Delaware) contest to return

From an email:

The event is going to be bigger and better this year.

Grand Prize is $2,000 2nd Prize is $1,000 and 3rd Prize is $500. We have also added a prize to the qualifying rounds of $100 for each location. There may be some trips involved for the winners too. There will be at least 8 qualifiers.

The final is on Friday night July 31st. At the Wilmington Blue Rocks after the game, but before the fireworks. That will leave about 5,000 people to watch the finals. Qualifying dates to be finalized soon.


Gabe Venit email: Joe Menchetti wins Jake’s Hamburger finals

Results from the finals of Jakes burger eating contest held Friday from a Gabe Venit email:

1. Joe Menchetti 10 1/2 $1000 prize
2. Ian Hickman 10 1/4 $100 gift card prize
4. Gabe Venit, might have been DQed

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Delaware burger contest, $1000 first prize

(from email) Jake’s Hamburgers will sponsor a hamburger eating contest over the next two months. The finals will take place at a Wilmington Blue Rocks game on July 25 and award $1000 to the winner. Qualifiers will be held at the following locations:

Chadds Ford, PA Rt 202 June 23, 2008
Newark, DE Rt 273 June 24, 2008
Wilmington, DE Kirkwood Hwy June 29, 2008
New Castle, DE Rt 13 June 30, 2008
Dover, DE Rt 113 July 7, 2008
Elkton, MD Rt 213 July 8, 2008
Bear, DE Rt 40 July 14, 2008
Claymont, DE Philadelphia Pike July 21, 2008

The entry form states that tickets for the qualifier must be purchased at the site and that finalists will have to pay an additional $20 to compete in the finals.


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