Nathan’s qualifier May 13 in Kissimmee, FL

A facebook event page claims that the first Nathan’s Famous qualifier of 2023 will take place May 13 at Old Town in Kissimmee, FL (south Orlando). BBQ in DC will also hold a qualifier in Washington, DC on June 24. The traditional New York Mets Father’s Day qualifier might also return. Nathan’s will sponsor the giveaway promotion for their June 18 game, which has previously been a hint that a qualifier will take place during the event.

update April 21 A press release says there will also be qualifiers in Cincinnati on June 17 (probably a Reds game) and Pleasanton, CA (probably a return to the Alameda County Fair)

Registration opens today (April 21) at noon eastern for the Kissimmee qualifier.

Comments (25)


  1. Anonymous said

    April 21, 2023 @ 5:47 am

    Nick anounces he’s goin to do this qualifier. Does any body care? Another ok finish? Esper and Webby will beat him. Joey too. I wonder if anyone new is going to go. Any other qualifiers.

  2. ojrifkin said (Registered July 27, 2005)

    April 21, 2023 @ 9:01 am

    It will be interesting to see if additional female qualifiers go uncontested in 2023. I can’t think of any other active female competitive eaters in the southeast US other than Miki Sudo.

  3. Anonymous said

    April 21, 2023 @ 8:29 pm

    Will George chiger, #1 in PA and 15 in the world be attending?

  4. Anonymous said

    April 21, 2023 @ 8:34 pm

    Wonder if they will take the top 3 again like last year? That way bums like heavy d will skate in…again

  5. Anonymous said

    April 23, 2023 @ 2:26 pm

    Are trans allowed in the woman’s division?

  6. Anonymous said

    April 24, 2023 @ 3:03 pm

    I read the WH group of China owns Nathan’s hot dogs. Why ????? It’s hard to believe they sold out to China. Now America has to watch George promote this Chinese hot dog while the rest of the Country despises China. Nathan’s you own this. You ruined your long America run and sold out to the CCP. Made in America but owned by the Chinese

  7. Anonymous said

    April 24, 2023 @ 3:50 pm

    @ 3:03 I bet you probably typed that message from an Android phone made in China / owned by a Chinese company. That’s the irony of it all.

    Lol @ “promote this chinese hot dog”…all I can think of is: “Hello, sir, would you like some soy sauce or mustard with your hot dog today? You can add a side of wonton soup for dunking it for only $2.49!”

  8. Anonymous said

    April 24, 2023 @ 4:10 pm

    Nathan’s this year will go big
    Joey 77
    James Webby 52
    Stonie 50
    Geoff Esper 50
    Darron 45
    Bertoleti 43
    Nick 39

  9. Anonymous said

    April 24, 2023 @ 8:26 pm

    @ 4:10 ^^ Darron and Stonie are competing? Who is this guy–some sort of hot dog Oracle. I dont think Webby beats Esper.

  10. Anonymous said

    April 25, 2023 @ 1:20 am

    350 is. Chinese

  11. ojrifkin said (Registered July 27, 2005)

    April 25, 2023 @ 2:45 am

    Darron Breeden announced his retirement. Matt Stonie has not done a MLE contest since April 2021. Corbucci has said he also intends to qualify.

  12. Anonymous said

    April 26, 2023 @ 10:23 am

    Oh. In that case Corbucci beats Nick too.

  13. Anonymous said

    April 26, 2023 @ 1:59 pm

    Joey 71
    Esper 55
    Wehry 45
    JWebby 43
    P Bertoletti 40
    Corbucci 40
    B. Weaver 34
    G. Oji 32

    ^^my prediction

  14. Anonymous said

    April 26, 2023 @ 4:04 pm

    We don’t celebrate android phones on the Fourth of July. You guys celebrate Nathan’s like it’s the American hot dog. Also most don’t know Nathan’s is only made in the USA to coverup it’s actually owned by the Chinese. Say what you want. The truth speaks

  15. Anonymous said

    April 26, 2023 @ 5:52 pm

    Nathan’s are more airy

  16. Anonymous said

    April 26, 2023 @ 5:58 pm

    In China we all laugh at you Americans eating Nathans which we own. Phones too we own you. Keep up the good work celebrating your independence while MLE eats our Chinese owned Nathan’s We even make then in a USA plant but use profits in China. Keep up good work.

  17. Anonymous said

    April 27, 2023 @ 12:52 pm

    558 sick but very true

  18. Anonymous said

    April 29, 2023 @ 12:02 am

    It’s all about money

  19. Anonymous said

    April 30, 2023 @ 5:28 pm

    I noticed also Nathan’s are easier to eat than in the past I think this may be the reason numbers are higher.

  20. Anonymous said

    May 1, 2023 @ 10:37 am

    Since they’re so easy to eat you should probably post a video eating 80 to prove how simple it is

  21. Anonymous said

    May 4, 2023 @ 6:01 pm

    1037 I’m not a competitive eater. I do know I ate alof of different hot dogs and I know Nathan’s are more airy. I bet the Chinese owners tweaked them. I usually eat two with Nathan’s I have to eat three. Not the same””””””””””

  22. Anonymous said

    May 6, 2023 @ 1:53 pm

    I agree 601. I noticed also

  23. Anonymous said

    May 6, 2023 @ 9:09 pm

    Me too we don’t eat Nathan’s anymore since we heard the Chinese own them. America first

  24. Anonymous said

    May 12, 2023 @ 1:25 pm

    Nathan’s have an assortment of different size hot dogs. My class did a comparison and we feel Nathan are easier to eat more fluffy. Some hot dogs were more dense.

  25. Anonymous said

    May 13, 2023 @ 4:02 pm

    @1:25 I agree. Same with Z burgers. Those are the easiest burgers I’ve ever eaten. That’s probably the least impressive record I’ve seen.

    See how stupid that argument is? Let it go

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