Lake Compounce Nathan’s qualifier

6 hours after the competition, the MLE twitter has yet to post a winner, but the MLE instagram has some results on its stories
49.5 Geoff Esper
31 George Chiger
28 Kylan Lee (Australia)
20 Josh Krady
17.5 Mark Frost

6.75 Julie Goldberg
4.75 Addison Skaggs

update Geoff Esper (49.5) and Julie Goldberg (6.75) were today’s winners via the Lake Compounce instagram stories

Geoff Esper, George Chiger, Josh Krady and Julie Goldberg are expected to compete in this afternoon’s Nathan’s qualifier at Lake Compounce in Bristol, CT.

Comments (20)


  1. Anonymous said

    June 8, 2024 @ 6:37 pm

    With two qualifiers scheduled, will be interesting to see if we see any eater that hits 50 before July 4th. The last time that we saw a 50+ hot dog total at a qualifier was at last year’s qualifier in Cleveland. Geoff won it with 50 and the day before competed in Jacks Donuts winning that with 344 donut holes

  2. Rebecca Ford said

    June 8, 2024 @ 9:04 pm

    I found Addison on IG! Addison is 100% a female. She has made multiple posts regarding the qualifier today. She has a lot of passion for the sport and her social media influence is bringing awareness to a state that that lacks representation. Looks like she traveled from Oklahoma for the qualify in Connecticut! Addison will be a great wild card for the 4th!

  3. Jim Williams said

    June 8, 2024 @ 9:42 pm

    Addison is female. Saw her compete today at Lake Compounce

  4. Anonymous said

    June 9, 2024 @ 12:51 pm

    I have a question can trans join in on your contests. Our trans eating group is ready to roll and rock. We have trans woman that eat really well

  5. annonyomus said

    June 9, 2024 @ 5:14 pm

    Josh can’t make it on the 4th, he will be to busy hustling people for money to go to the uk…come on man you work for a living don’t you? Pay your own way. If you can’t afford it you shouldn’t be going! Period!

  6. Anonymous said

    June 9, 2024 @ 11:28 pm

    MLE should be way bigger than it is!!!

  7. Anonymous said

    June 10, 2024 @ 7:23 am

    WTF? Kylan isn’t ranked 2 in Australia for competitive eating, he’s not even currently ranked.

  8. Anonymous said

    June 10, 2024 @ 10:54 am

    Here’s a link to the Australian CE rankings, but it appears the website may be stale. Maybe JWebb can chime in on who he thinks is the #2 in Australia currently? Pretty sure I’ve seen videos of Kylan holding his own in some contests in his home country.

    Is Kylan better than Sven Pelman and CHad Jones?

  9. Anonymous said

    June 10, 2024 @ 12:23 pm

    I don’t see why not. I would encourage trans especially in the woman’s division they need more competition

  10. Anonymous said

    June 11, 2024 @ 2:07 pm

    Joey banned from Nathans?! Because of a deal with impossible foods?! If it’s fake meat, how is that in competition with Nathans??

  11. Greg Webb said

    June 11, 2024 @ 3:12 pm

    News reports that Joey is out of MLE… was kind of preparing for this day in recent years, but at least he got the huge balogna win before his exit.
    I won’t pick a winner this year… this definitely heats things up.

  12. Anonymous said

    June 11, 2024 @ 3:14 pm

    Thank you very much. I identify as a woman now. I can do more than 30 hot dogs

  13. Anonymous said

    June 11, 2024 @ 4:47 pm

    Serious Question– Any MLE eaters willing to go on strike for Nathan’s contest this year? If enough eaters are willing to boycott the contest unless MLE loosens some of their contract restrictions, this could actually help us all out. Of course, if most of the top eaters don’t want to holdout/boycott (for selfish reasons, presumably, to win more prize money this year and take a stab at winning overall on July 4th with Joey out of the picture) this strike/boycott wouldn’t work.

    Might be the only chance to do something like this…I realize it’s a long shot, but I hope all MLE eaters are aware that viewership for the contest will be a fraction of what it typically is. And do you really think you are going to feel good winning Nathans this year, knowing the true #1 is on the sidelines??

  14. Anonymous said

    June 12, 2024 @ 6:45 am

    The contract has kept Kobe, Dan, Molly, and other good eaters away for years, so it has kind of been this way for a long time.

  15. Anonymous said

    June 12, 2024 @ 7:26 am

    Do you really think that people care that much about Joey Chestnut? With him out, there will be real competition with unknown or difficult to predict results. That will make viewership bigger, not smaller. George Shea has a sharp pencil. But I am sure he loosened it to keep Joey. Joey cannot give a decent interview. He has no personality which is appealing. He is just a hot dog machine. I think people will try the plant based hotdogs once perhaps. Nathan’s is not going to lose much if anything.

  16. Anonymous said

    June 12, 2024 @ 10:59 am

    @726 AM– you think Geoff Esper will give a better interview than Joey?? (no offense to Geoff, I’m sure he knows he’s not the best public speaker).

    If James W. wins then many viewers will be upset that a non-American (again, no offense) has basically filled the void to win on America’s Birthday. Maybe George Shea is OK with this–Webby could become the “new Kobi” for an American eater to target to take down…

    Based on qualifier results, Pat or Nick also have a shot, but I think they’d be slightly lower odds than Esper or Webb. Will be interesting to see if independent eaters start reaching out to the Shea’s to join MLE (or perhaps just a short-term deal to compete on 7/4/24), which would presumably make the contest wayyyyyy more interesting and unpredictable. The sports books are going to be all over the place with betting odds over the next 3.5 weeks…that I can almost guarantee.

  17. Anonymous said

    June 12, 2024 @ 1:22 pm

    1059 Americas birthday????? Nathan’s is Chinese owned and you worry about that. The brand was always American owned so tell me why they had to sell the company to a Chinese owner. Didn’t have to be but someone did it anyway. Webb will win and he is not American and neither is Nathan’s

  18. Anonymous said

    June 12, 2024 @ 1:25 pm

    Joey is treated like Trump

  19. Anonymous said

    June 13, 2024 @ 12:06 pm

    Webb and Jeff battle for first

  20. Anonymous said

    June 14, 2024 @ 1:11 pm

    122 you got that right

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