Eat Your Veggies, Children.
In a typical 10-minute contest, we probably consume more ribs, wings, hot dogs (and whole bunch of stuff contrary to a disciplined diet) than the average American does in the entire year.
Thankfully, Major League Eating hosts the Stockton Deep-Fried Asparagus Eating Championship and the West Palm Beach Sweet Corn Eating Contest. Back-to-back, like, within 26 hours of each other. Obviously, I did both because… how do you turn that down?
Here’s how my trip started:
My awesome buddy (of 10 years!) hooked me up with a sweet room at Le Meridien.
15 hours to contest time: Dinner at Akiko
Normally, I wouldn’t eat this close to a contest, but there’s no way I was taking 1st or 2nd, and I’m still figuring out a way to turn down fresh fish. In all fairness, I was mostly eating sashimi . The pieces on the left are mine.
28 courses and way too much sake later, I retired to my room. Life is rough.
Contest Day: Good Morning, SF!
I woke up around 5am, and couldn’t get back to sleep.
It’s Go Time!
Stockton was unusually cold this year! Amazing contest, nonetheless.
I actually stopped somewhere in the 8th minute to watch Joey Chestnut and Matt Stonie demolish the world record. I knew they’d be out for blood, but it was crazy to see them best it by over 3 lbs. each. They’re def ranked 1st and 2nd for a reason
1st 12.5469lbs $1,500.00 Joey Chestnut
2nd 12.375lbs $750.00 Matt Stonie
3rd 7.25lbs $500.00 Miki Sudo
4th 5.25lbs Steve Hendry
5th 2.5lbs Chad Cole
6th 2.5lbs Cameron Sharp
6th 2.5lbs Jonathan Vincent
8th 2lbs Cameron Bidwell
8th 2lbs Jon Davis
10th 1.75lbs Muhammed Mahmoud
11th 1lb Felicia Lopez
The asparagus margaritas were pretty good! Can’t wait for next year.^_^