Gary / Northwest Indiana eating challenges and contests category

Three random Gary eating challenges
5 lb. sausage sandwich Stadium Challenge Ameristar EC East Chicago, IN topped with 3 lb. Italian beef, includes 1 lb. fries
large deep dish pizza The J & J's Kitchen Sink Challenge J & J's Pizza Shack 6 NW Indiana locations, IN reportedly no one has finished in 27 years, 12 year old girl reportedly ate the most (16 out of 20 slices)
2 lb. burger Home Run Challenge Smashmouth Burgers & Pizza Schererville, IN
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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.
Valpolife has an article about Stephanie Wu finishing the 96 ounce steak at Kelsey's in Valporaiso, IN in 41 minutes, making her the first woman to complete the challenge. has an article about Brandon "Da Disposal" Clark finishing the 6 pound steak challenge at Kelsey's in Valparaiso, IN in 20:40, less than half of the previous record held by Randy Santel.
Frank Wach won today's "Mommy's Little Piggy" mashed potato eating contest held at the "A Christmas Story" Comes Home event in Hammond, IN. has an article and video about Pat Bertoletti finishing the 6 pound Italian beef sandwich challenge at Ameristar Casino in East Chicago, IN.
Pat Bertoletti finished a 5+ pound Italian beef sandwich challenge at the grand opening of the Stadium Sports Bar & Grill in the Ameristar Casino in East Chicago, IN yesterday. has an article about the 96 ounce steak challenge available at Kelsey's Steakhouse in Valparaiso, IN.
Chris Serge won the first prize of $1,000 at tonight's turkey pie eating contest in Valparaiso, IN.
The Strongbow Inn in Valparaiso, IN will hold a turkey pie eating contest on November 21 awarding $1000 to the winner. A qualifier will take place tonight.

2014 Hammond, IN pierogie contest

update Oct 9 NWITimes and Suntimes have articles

NWI Times has a video

Official results Part 1 | Part 2

1) Joey Chestnut 165
2) Matt Stonie 162
3) Miki Sudo 83
4) Juan Rodriguez 66
5) Steve Hendry 55
6) Bill Myers 44
7) Eric “Badlands” Booker 41
8) Jeff Butler 37
9) Matt Raible 32
10) Crazy Legs Conti 30
11) Andrew Kogutkiewicz 29
12) Tracy Goode 18

Joey Chestnut has been announced as the winner with 165 pierogies.

Joey Chestnut appeared on Good Day Chicago yesterday to promote the contest.

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Joey Chestnut, Jeff Butler, Crazy Legs Conti, Wild Bill Myers, Matthew Raible and Andrew Kogutkiewicz are listed as expected entrants in the pierogi eating contest at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN Wednesday. Matt Stonie has also said he will compete. (via Joseph Pete)
Takeru Kobayashi ate 10 hot dogs in one minute during yesterday's RailCats game in Gary, Indiana (video). The day before, he ate a Brat-a-Boom 2 foot bratwurst in 1:55 (gallery) at the Boomers game in Schaumburg, Illinois.

Eric Dahl wins Wakefield chicken salad sandwich contest

update April 28 has an article about the contest

Will Millender has the results from this morning’s Wakefield chicken salad sandwich eating contest:
1) Eric Dahl 15 sandwiches
2) Stephanie Torres 14
3) Will Millender 13.5
4T) “Mansfield Monster” 9.5
4T) Chris Abatsas 9.5
6) Tom Cortina 7

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Stephanie Torres is expected to compete in the Wakefield Sandwich Company World Chicken Salad Sandwich Eating Championship in Michigan City, Indiana on April 27. The field already included Eric Dahl, Will Millender and Chris Abatsas.
Takeru Kobayashi will appear at minor league baseball games in Schaumburg, IL on May 26 and Gary, Indiana on May 27.
Six high school coaches competed in a 6 pound steak eating contest at Kelsey's Steakhouse in Valparaiso, Indiana that will be televised on an upcoming episode of "Steak Paradise" on the Travel Channel.
The youtube page for the Gary, Indiana RailCats has a video of Takeru Kobayashi throwing the first pitch and doing a hamburger eating exhibition in yesterday's game. update Kobayashi ate 6 burgers in 47 seconds in the 7th inning
Takeru Kobayashi will compete against fans at the Gary (Indiana) SouthShore Railcats game on August 17. I think this will be Kobayahi's first Chicago-area appearance.
The NWTimes has a report on yesterday's "Mommy's Little Piggy" mashed potato eating contest inspired by the movie A Christmas Story. Stormy Lang (a woman) won the adult division.
NBCChicago reports that "Mommy's Little Piggy" mashed potato eating contest inspired by the movie A Christmas Story will take place in Hammond, Indiana tomorrow.
NWITimes reports that Ben Williams became the fifth person in 23 years to compete the 96 ounce steak challenge at Kelsey's Steakhouse in Portage, Indiana.

“Mommy’ Little Piggy” (A Christmas Story) contest results has an article about the handsless mashed potato eating contest inspired by the movie A Christmas Story held in Hammond, Indiana yesterday. John Hartman won the adult contest by eating 5 plates of mashed potatoes.

Other contests held yesterday

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