Larell Marie Mele category

Times Square Nathan’s qualifier

Official results:

1st 35 Gideon Oji
2nd 32.5 George Chiger
3rd 26.5 Yunho Choi from South Korea
4th 15 Anthony Kamenski
5th 12.5 Crazy Legs Conti
6th 11 Jeffrey Bonacorda
7th 7.75 Jason Ruppert
8th 5.5 Steven Peterson
1st 16 Larell Marie “The Real Deal” Mele qualifies for 14th finals (all womens contests)
2nd 9 Olivia Murphy overall competitive eating debut
3rd 6 Julie Goldberg
4th 4 Prudence DiBenedetto

The Field: Steven Peterson, Olivia Murphy, Jeffrey Bonacorda, Anthony Kaminsky, Jay Ruppert, Julie Goldberg, A Korean (didn’t get the name), Prudence DiBenedetto, Larell Marie Mele, George Chiger, Crazy Legs Conti, Gideon Oji

KumaMonster has started a live stream of today’s Nathan’s qualifier at Times Square in Manhattan. The introductions are expected to start at noon Eastern.

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WNEP has an article about Larell Marie Mele, who will be competing in her 13th straight Nathan's Finals Tuesday, a streak only exceeded by Joey Chestnut (19).

Berea, OH Nathan’s qualifier

updateMay 28
Video by Sam Messenger
Official results

1st 50 Geoffrey Esper
2nd 27.5 Darrien “Cheesecurd” Thomas
3rd 18 Andrew Krawczyk
4th 16.75 Mike Landrich
5th 15 A Kamenski
6th 11 N Moufid
7th 10 A Djuric
8th 6 Carmen Angelo from WTAM’s The Bloomsdaddy Show
1st 15.5 Larell Marie “The Real Deal” Mele will compete in finals for 13th year in a row, 2nd longest streak after Joey Chestnut
2nd 7 Rene Rovtar
3rd 6.5 Brynn Szeles

Fox 8 is currently running a live video

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Nick Wehry was interviewed by the Awfully Irish podcast and said that the fate of the 2020 Nathan's finals has yet to be decided. George Chiger appeared the C & L Podcast and described how Larell Marie Mele helped start his competitive eating career.

2019 Long Island Ducks Nathan’s qualifier

News12 video

Results via Fink Beats the Stomach (More results)

1st 47 Geoffrey Esper
2nd 29 George Chiger
3rd 22.5 Eric “Badlands” Booker
4th 19 Roderick Buenviaje
1st 18 Larell Marie “The Real Deal” Mele has won qualifier every year since gender split in 2011
2nd 7 Julie Goldberg
3rd 4 Prudence DiBenedetto

Facebook Live video by Fink Beats the Stomach

Previous winners of Nathan’s qualifiers held at the Long Island Ducks ballpark. A gap of almost 13 years between competitions might be a record for qualifier sites.

2006 Jun 24 1st 21.5 12 min Allen “Shredder” Goldstein
2005 Jun 25 1st 24 12 min Ed “Cookie” Jarvis
2004 Jun 26 1st 18.75 12 min Oleg Zhornitskiy

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2017 Pocono Raceway qualifier

update Report of the Week has a video

Fox56 article. Larell Marie Mele planned to be a judge before entering the contest without preparation.

Official Results Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

1st 34.5 Yasir Salem
2nd 27 George Chiger
3rd 21 Kevin “Qwazy” Ambs
4th 14.5 Jack “Snack Jack” Diamond
5th 14 William “Wild Bill” Myers
6th 8.5 Andrew Kossuth
7th 8 Adam Bergen
7th 8 Anthony Maglio
1st 13 Larell Marie “The Real Deal” Mele had announced retirement to care for father
2nd 6.75 Julie Grey
3rd 5 Rebecca Rakauskas

Yasier Salem, Kevin Ambs, Bill Myers and three female rookies are expected to compete.

Larell Marie Mele retired from competitive eating to care for her father, so she will not defend her title.

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2016 Nathan’s Pocono qualifier

update Pocono Record has a contest report

Full Results Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
1) Badlands Booker 23.75
2) Kevin Ambs 23.33
3) George Chiger 19.5
4) Jim Reeves 18
5T) Michael Deitz 13
5T) Ryan Siciliano 13
7) Bill Myers 12.75
8) Tom Serpico 6

1W) Larell Marie Mele 12
2w) Tess Siciliano 8

update It appears Eric “Badlands” Booker narrowly won the men’s contest

Larell Marie Mele won the women’s contest, which puts Carlene LeFevre back in the wild card lead.

Larell Marie Mele, Jim Reeves and Bill Myers are expected to do 2 qualifiers in less than 24 hours. “Badlands” Booker is another listed entrant. A victory by Larell Marie would restore the women’s wild card lead to Carlene LeFevre.

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Yasir Salem, Larell Marie win 2015 Pocono qualifier

update WNEP has an article and video. Larell Marie’s TV appearance yesterday is on youtube.

Official results part 1 | part 2 | part 3

1) Yasir Salem 29
2) George Chiger 17
3T) Carmen Cincotti 13 (women’s wild card runner-up if female)
3T) Dave “The Termite” Wood 13
5) “Snack” Jack Diamond 12
6T) Ryan “The Abyss” Siciliano 11.5
6T) “Wild” Bill Myers 11.5
8) Michael Dietz

1W) Larell Marie Mele 14
update Dave Wood reports that Yasir Salem won the men’s contest

Expected entrants: Yasir Salem, Dave “The Termite” Wood, Ryan “The Abyss” Siciliano, Larell Marie Mele, The Artist formely known as Brian Seiken.

Current wild card standings

2014 Sep 28 2nd 27.5 10 min David “The Termite” Wood Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – men Dover, DE
2015 Apr 25 2nd 27 10 min Steve Hendry Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – men Las Vegas, NV
2015 Apr 25 3rd 26 10 min Rich “The Locust” LeFevre Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – men Las Vegas, NV
2014 Sep 28 3rd 23 10 min Micah “Wing Kong” Collins Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – men Dover, DE
2015 Apr 25 2nd 14 10 min Carlene LeFevre Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – women Las Vegas, NV

Previous winners

2014 Jun 7 1st 28 10 min Marcos “The Monster” Owens Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – men Long Pond, PA
2014 Jun 7 1st 27.5 10 min “The Lovely” Juliet Lee Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – women Long Pond, PA

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Larell Marie Mele appeared on 69 News WWFMZ this morning to talk about competing in the Nathans' qualifier at Pocono speedway tomorrow.

2014 Jackie Robinson Rotunda Nathan’s qualifer

update June 16 has a video

Results Part 1 | Part 2

1) Tim Janus 28.5 – reentered contest
2) Brian Dudzinski 26
3T) Bill Myers 17
3T) Brian Seiken 17
1W Larell Marie Mele 14

Tim Janus has withdrawn from today’s Nathan’s qualfier in Queens, leaving the men’s favorites Crazy Legs Conti, Brian Dudzinski and Bill Myers. Larell Marie Mele headlines the women’s field.

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The Pocono Record has a preview of the June 7 Nathan's qualifier a Pocono Raceway focusing on Larell Marie Mele.
Carry On has a report on the 2012 last month's king cake eating contest at the Showboat in Atlantic City focusing on Larell Marie Mele which reveals the origin of her personal motto: “Don’t choke, don’t puke, don’t finish last.” Sonya Thomas' last name is listed as "Thompson" twice. The author, Erin Somers, is working on a book of fiction about competitive eating.

2013 Coney Boardwalk qualifier

update March 26 Jason Beinstein has a video. A caption says David Soberman ate 13 hot dogs.

Rake & Herald, Grub Street and Amusing the Zillion have contest reports

The qualifier was mentioned (without any footage) on Good Morning America

update March 24 Brian Seiken has posted some videos

update The winners

“Notorious” Bob Shoudt 36 hot dogs
Larell Marie Mele 17

update #2 Other results
“Wild” Bill Myers 13
Andrew Kossuth 12.5
“Beautiful” Brian Seiken 11 (thinks he ate 13)

Crazy Legs Conti was on site

update #3 Brooklyn Gossip has a gallery

The current temperature is 45F (Is this the coldest outside contest in IFOCE/MLE history?)

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“All You Can Eat” British documentary on youtube

All You Can Eat a documentary that was televised last week on the British channel ITV, can now be viewed on youtube. Featured competitive eaters include:

  • Pat Bertoletti (shows a training session)
  • Larell Marie (behind the scenes coverage of the Nathan’s finals)
  • Hooters Finals sponsor’s exemption Lewis Richards (Hooters contest coverage labels finalist Nate Biller as “Nasty Nick” and calls Sonya Thomas the defending champion of the first-time event.)
  • 72 year old Peter Dowdsewell (attempts 10 hard boiled eggs record)

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AOL Weird News has an article about the Nathan's women's division with quotes from Larell Marie Mele confirming that the female contest will not be televised on ESPN; live coverage will be available online on ESPN3.

Tim “Gravy” Brown & Larell Marie Mele qualify for Coney

update May 16 #2 Paul Barlow has a facebook gallery.

update May 16 Creative Loafing has a blog entry and gallery (via Larell Marie Mele comment)

Contest results from the eatingcontest twitter

1) Tim “Gravy” Brown 28.75 hot dogs in 10 minutes, qualifies for Nathan’s finals for 5th year in a row
2) Larry “The Legend” McNeil 16, first IFOCE contest since joining WLOCE
3) Damien Boykin 11

1) Larell Marie Mele 13 hot dogs
Grace Lee did not appear in any of the eatingcontest twitpics or in this yfrog picture of the entire field

The contest should start around 1 pm eastern.

Rich Shea says that “Pi Gal” will also compete, presumably Steve “Pi Guy” Martin’s wife or girlfriend.

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WKRZ has a video of Larell Marie Mele competing against a DJ in an on-radio eating contest. update The video also appears on
The Pocono Record has an article about Larell Marie Mele and a video of her eating 10 doughnuts in 2 minutes.

Russ Keeler wins Old Home Week pierogis

Full results from Saturday’s pierogi eating contest held at Old Home Week in Forest City, PA have been posted. The top 3:

1 Russ Keeler 51 pierogis in 10 minutes
2 Larell Marie Mele 48 (one of the more impressive female debuts of 2008)
3 John Skubic 43

2007 winner
Mike Novak ate 38 before being disqualified

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