Cleveland / Northeast Ohio eating challenges and contests category

Three random Cleveland eating challenges
15 in sandwich Moby Dick Lake County Captains games Eastlake, OH includes 5 1/4 lb. fish filets, eight slices of cheese, six oz. of clam strips, 1/3 lb. of French fries
12 lb. pizza The Carbonasaurus Carbone's Italian Restaurant Dover, OH for 2 person teams
7 lb. burger OMG Challenge Twiisted Medina, OH
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In an eating contest held during halftime of tonight's Cleveland Cavaliers game, Joey Chestnut ate 47 pierogis to defeat three amateurs who combined for a total of 33.
Dan Kennedy has posted the top 3 for Saturday's professional eating contest at the Sandusky, OH Donut Fest: 1) Dan Kennedy 51.5 donuts in 8 minutes 2) Molly Schuyler 39 donuts 3) Andrew Puhl 34
The Sandusky, OH Donut Fest will hold a professional donut eating contest tomorrow awarding $1000/$750/$500. An amateur competition will pay out $500/$300/$150.

Molly Schuyler wins Sandusky, OH donut eating contest

The top 4 from today’s donut eating contest at the Bait House Brewery in Sandusky, OH. (video)

1 Molly Schuyler 69 donuts in 8 minutes
2 Dan Kennedy 65 donuts
3 Nathan Klein 22 donuts
4 David Wise 20 donuts


Sandusky, OH will hold a donut eating contest on October 9 awarding $500/$100/$50.
Barrio in Cleveland will hold a taco eating contest on July 13 as part of its Tequila Fest awarding $500 to the winner.
Barrio in Cleveland will hold a taco eating contest on May 5 awarding $200/$100/$50.
Four Cleveland area restaurants will hold wing eating qualifiers from March 28 to March 31. The Finals at Garage Bar in Willoughby, OH on April 6 will award cash and a 40 inch TV.
The Suburbanite has a report on Dan "Killer" Kennedy eating 4 pizzas and 2 slices to win the first prize of $500 in the PizzaBOGO eating contest in Hartville, OH on October 6.
Brandon "Da Garbage Disposal" Clark will appear in an upcoming Travel Channel program recorded at Greek Village Grill in Lakewood, OH. LakewoodObserver has pictures of the recording on Tuesday.
Dan "Killer" Kennedy ate 34 slices of pizza in 10 minutes to win the first prize of $500 at a contest in Hartville, OH.
Hartville, OH will hold a pizza eating contest on October 6 awarding $500 to the winner. Entrants should contact the Pizza BOGO facebook page. (via cantonrep)
Steel City Scoop has an interview with Bob Shoudt, who says eating 23.4 pounds of chowder in 6 minutes is his favorite competitive eating record. He will appear at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland on August 2.
The Fairborn Herald has a profile of Ivan "the Avocado" Mendoza, who hopes to be ranked in the MLE top 10.
The Wright State student newspaper has a profile of Ivan "The Avocado" Mendoza, who is a senior with double majors in management and human resources who has a 4.0 GPA at that university. There is a also a video.
RIP "Tiny" Tim Rauscheder, who passed away on October 30 according to these youtube comments. LA Beast confirmed the passing on twitter. 2013 article about Tim.
The Upper Deck in Akron, OH will hold a hot dog eating contest tomorrow awarding $300 to the winner.
News Herald has a report on Ivan Mendoza's victory in the shortcake eating contest at the Kirtland (OH) Kiwanis’ Strawberry Festival over four-time defending champion Nick Gordish.
Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers is the most recent participant in First We Feast's Hot Ones wings of death challenge.

2011 Flashback: Cleveland Scene profiles Scott Bickel

Flashback 2011 to Cleveland Scene’s profile of Scott Bickel (RIP) which included this section on how he hoped his competitive eating career could reverse the fortunes of his hometown:

The cult of Beefcakes Bickel has sprung forth from a specific time and place: post-LeBron Cleveland, a cityscape in a desperate scramble for self-esteem. The years of losing seasons, national punch lines, the very public breakup with our hero — it’s all taken its toll, shrinking our civic ego to that of a touchy teenager’s, always sucking in that gut and checking the fly.

Is relief on the way? With the city’s pro athletes useless to salve our wounds, a cottage industry has cropped up among the amateur ranks: the search for a championship — any championship whatsoever — for Cleveland. From women’s boxing to ultimate fighting to Harry Potter fandom, newsmaking residents are eager to bring distinction back home. Prime-time glory? Not exactly. This is ESPN3-caliber fame.

Bickel is the latest — perhaps greatest — of them. He decided early on that his mission would not be merely about himself, but about Cleveland. Some would raise championship banners. Bickel will raise hot dogs.

In January 2012, Scott Bickel took his life by jumping off a bridge.

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King of the Wings will hold a wing eating contest in Warren, OH tomorrow awarding $250 to the winner.

Dave Wood wins 2015 Rock the Tot finals

Ray Maas has uploaded a video of yesterday’s Rock the Tot finals in Cleveland. The amounts of tater tots eaten in 3 minutes according to that video:

1st 4.125 David “The Termite” Wood
2nd 3 Raymond Maas
3rd 2.9375 Mark “The Gripper” Kolbusz
4th 2.8125 Ian “The Invader” Hickman
5th 2.625 Pete “Broken Wing” Maurizio

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Bar Louie has announced the competitors in the Rock the Tot finals in Cleveland Saturday: Ian Hickman, Mark Kolbusz, Raymond Maas, Pete Maurizio and David Wood.
Bar Louie's Rock the Tot page has been updated with information about the 2015 contest. The top 5 totals in contests held at Bar Louie locations on October 8 will advance to the finals in Cleveland on October 24.
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