Illinois eating challenges and contests category

Three random eating challenges
8 lb. burger 8 lb. Monster Burger Jake Melnick's Corner Tap Chicago, IL
30 oz steak Tomahawk Ribeye 1818 Chophouse Edwardsville, IL no prize for finishing
8 Inferno wings Inferno Wings Centro Chicago, IL
(All Illinois eating challenges and contests in database)

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.
Love in the Time of Coronavirus has an interview with Pat Bertoletti on how the coronavirus crisis has impacted Taco in a Bag, the Chicago restaurant he owns with Tim "Gravy" Brown.
Chicago's Wing Eating Contest at Old Grounds Social will hot hot and mild wing eating contest on January 25. Both contests will award $250 to the winner.
Mohammed Hamoud won the first prize of $2500 in yesterday's Bacci Pizza Jumbo Slice eating contest in Chicago.
Bacci Pizza will hold a jumbo slice eating contest in Chicago on October 12 awarding $2500/$1000/$500. Entrants will need to qualify. Previous competitions have been for amateurs only.
Taste of Greektown will hold a gyro eating contest in Chicago August 24 awarding a $250 Visa gift card to the winner. The runner up will receive a $100 gift card.
Brandon "Da Garbage Disposal" Clark ate 30 hot dogs in 10 minutes to win the first prize of $500 and 4 St. Louis Cardinals tickets in the Heinkel's Hot Dog Eating Contest at the Decatur (IL) Celebration. update Fox2Now.com has an interview.
CentralIllinoisProud.com has an interview with Matt Hazzard.
The Decatur Celebration will hold a hot dog eating contest in Decatur, IL on August 3 awarding $500 and four St. Louis Cardinals tickets to the winner.
Michael Jenkins reports that a pair from Chicago probably consisting of Pat Bertoletti and Tim "Gravy" Brown had the fastest time for Cici's Pizza 28 inch challenge and won a prize of $2500. update The official time for Bertoletti and Brown was 7:25, about four minutes faster than the St. Louis team consisting of Brandon "Da Garbage Disposal" Clark and Kyle Hanner.
The Chicago Tribune has a report on "Mommy's Little PIggy" mashed potato eating contest held as part of "A Christmas Story Comes Home" in Hammond, IN on December 15.
ABC 7 has an article and video about yesterday's bao eating contest at Wow Bao in Chicago won by Teddy Delacruz. Jennifer Saito was runner up.
Brandon "Da Garbage Disposal" Clark won the first prize of $300 in today's pumpkin pie eating contest at Casino Queen in East St. Louis, IL.
Autumn on Parade in Oregon, IL will hold a donut eating contest on October 6 awarding $250 to the winner.
Bacci Pizza will hold a pizza eating contest on August 26 awarding $2500 to the winner. Entrants need to eat a jumbo slice to qualify.
Brandon Clark ate 33 hot dogs in 10 minutes to win $500 and defend his title at Heinkel’s Hot Dog Eating Contest at Decatur Celebration in Decatur, IL today. Kyle Hanner was the runner up with 18 hot dogs.
Brandon "Da Disposal" Clark ate 25 hot dogs in 8 minutes to win the first prize of $400 in Smilin Clyde's hot dog eating contest in Oak Lawn, IL. Teddy Delacruz was the runner up.f
Smilin Clyde's will hold a hot dog eating contest in Oak Lawn, IL on July 29 awarding $400 to the winner and $100 to the runner-up.
The Decatur Celebration will hold a hot dog eating contest in Decatur, IL on August 4 awarding $500/$250/$100. A qualifier will be held on July 14.
The Chi-Town Hot Sauce Expo will hold a Carolina Reaper pepper eating contest in Bridgeview, IL on June 24 awarding $1000 if the Guinness record is broken. Other spicy eating challenges will be held throughout the weekend.
Ribfest Chicago will take place from June 8 to 10 and the website has no listing of an upcoming eating contest. It would be interesting to know if the vegan stage-crashing played a role in the competition termination.
Spanish food challengers "Joe Burgerchallenge" and "Dave Cheats" have started a trip in Chicago in which they will do food challenges in restaurants along Route 66. The tour will conclude in Los Angeles where they will be part of a team attempting the 54 inch pizza challenge at Big Mama's & Papa's. update May 16 A four person team finished the 10 pound meatball sub challenge at Bartolini's in Midlothian in 4:48, IL and won $2500.
NBCChicago has an article about Juan Rodriguez and Sarah Reinecke attempting the 32 ounce "Mega Mary" Bloody Mary challenge at the Rib House in Crystal Lake, IL. Some of the toppings for the libation include a full slab of ribs, brats, sliders, 1/2 a chicken, doughnuts, cinammon rolls and a cantaloupe. update May 6 Facebook video of the attempt update< May 7 The Northwest Herald has an article about the attempts.
WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley is expected to attend a taco eating contest at Adobe Gila's in Rosemont, IL on April 8. There will be separate divisions for men & women.
Mamma Mia's in Rockford, IL will award $1,000 to an amateur competitive eater that can finish its Godfather sandwich challenge in under 10 minutes. $750 will be paid out if the finishing time is under 15 minutes and the prize is $400 if it is completed in under half an hour. (via 97Z)
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