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Competitive Eating: An Insider's Perspective

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A learning night talk given by Leah Xu on competitive eating

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Competitive Eating: An Insider's Perspective

  1. 1. COMPETITIVE EATING AN INSIDER'S PERSPECTIVE Leah Xu
  2. 2. JULIET LEE - #9 AKA Mom
  3. 3. MAJOR LEAGUE EATING (FORMERLY IFOCE) “world body overseeing competitive eating contests” Most of the top competitors 80 contests a year George & Rich Shea, David Baer Shea’s originally in media business Contracts controversy Rankings
  4. 4. EAT FEATS Competitive eating news, database, & calendar
  5. 5. NATHAN’S FAMOUS HOT DOG EATING CONTEST Current Champions ­ Men’s: Matt Stonie ­ Women’s: Miki Sudo Current Competitors (20): ­ Defending champion ­ Winners of regional qualifiers ­ 2 wildcards ­ Men and Women’s events
  6. 6. NATHAN’S FAMOUS HISTORY Every year since 1972 ­ Jason Schechter: 14 in 3.5 minutes Fabled Origin: July 4, 1916 ­ 4 immigrants eating contest at Nathan’s Famous hotdog stand – settle who’s most patriotic ­ Jim Mullen Prominent Past ­ Takeru Kobayashi ­ Joey Chestnut (San Jose) ­ Sonya Thomas
  7. 7. FUN NATHAN’S FACTS 2014 – Joey Chestnut & Neslie Ricasa 2010 – Kobayashi arrested Kobayashi is 6-times champion Joey is 8-time champion
  8. 8. STRATEGY Training ­ Contest style ­ Stretch stomach ­ Consume high volume ­ Water / liquids ­ Lettuce ­ Don’t fast ­ Exercise ­ Mental & Physical Competing ­ Dunking ­ Liquids ­ Hot tea ­ Sports drinks ­ Messing eating ­ 30 second grace ­ Reversal of Fortune
  9. 9. PROMINENT EATERS
  10. 10. PROMINENT EATERS (RANKS 5-8)
  11. 11. JULIET LEE: SELECT RECORD’S Jul 14 – 4th Hooter’s World Wing Eating Championship (154 wings) Jul 13 – 2nd Nation’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest (36 hot dogs, ¾ away from 1st) Jun 12 – 2nd Mohegan Sun BBQ Fest Rib-Eating Championship (4.56 lbs) Feb11 – 5th CP Biggest Eater Finals (219 won tons) May 09 – 1st Peter’s Clam Bar Clam Eating Contest (277 claims) Apr 08 – 2nd Acme World Oyster Eating Championship (31 dozen oysters) Oct 07 – 1st MLE Chowdown cranberry Sauce (13.23 lbs)

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