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The World Shrimp-Eating Championship Will Be Livestreamed On Foodbeast

If there was one place in the world that beckoned to professional eaters, like a Kumite tournament for eating champions, it’d be the San Pedro Fish Market.

The Fish Market is home of the legendary seafood Super Tray. You know, the one that’s stacked with succulent seafood items like giant shrimp, crawfish, mussels, and fried or steamed tilapia.

The new event to hit the national eating circuit, The San Pedro Fish Market World Famous Shrimp-Eating Championship Presented By The Kings of Fi$h, will take place on Monday, May 28, at 11a.m. The shrimp spectacle will be held in the Battleship Iowa Museum in Los Angeles, CA.

Hungry participants have eight minutes to crush as many of San Pedro Fish Market’s shrimp as they can.

Joey Chestnut, ranked 1st in the nation by Major League Eating, will be one of the prime competitors partaking in this massive shrimp feast.

Champion Joey Chestnut | Photo: Paul Martinka

Be sure to check out Foodbeast’s Twitch for the exclusive livestream as well as the Foodbeast Facebook page. Tune in at 11am for the start of the festivities.

The eaters joining Chestnut in the competition include Miki Sudo (#5 Ranked), Gideon Oji (#6 Ranked), Adrian Morgan (#7-Ranked), Rich LeFevre (#13 Ranked), Steve Hendry Dixon (#16 Ranked), Jon Bello (#30 Ranked), Mary Bowers (#47 Ranked), and Alex “The Moose” Perez (#50 Ranked).

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An Inside Look At The Lives Of The World’s Top 3 Competitive Eaters

The world of competitive eating may seem like paradise at first to those of us who love to eat. However, eaters on the competitive eating circuit face a grueling and tough path of contests filled with loads of training, practice, and stomach pain. To be a competitive eater is nothing short of impressive, and is even comparable to how a professional athlete trains and performs.

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In order to get insight on competitive eaters’ routines, we talked to some of the world’s best: Female competitive eating icon Miki Sudo, viral YouTube sensation Matt Stonie, and industry legend Joey “Jaws” Chestnut; all revealed their own personal tips and tricks to Foodbeast. From contest prep to gametime strategies and recovery methods, here’s what really goes into a professional eating contest.

Prepping For The Big Day

While each competitive eater has their own method and style of preparation, everybody tends to go through the same processes. Each eater will train, practice, and fast in various rotations leading up to their contest.

For Matt Stonie, getting his body into a rhythm is absolutely crucial. Cycles of training, resting, and practice help him get into his groove. Fasting is also key to prepping for the big day. However, even the day before the contest, Stonie doesn’t skimp on the energy.

“Yesterday I did an all-liquid diet, protein shakes, liquid carbs. This morning, some water, some coffee, some Gatorade for some sugar.”

While the stomach may stay empty, Stonie keeps himself running in peak form thanks to the electrolytes and energy spikes his liquid diet provides. It’s a smart way to stay focused and in top shape while limiting food intake before an eating contest.

Miki Sudo, the world’s top female competitive eater, also has a distinct approach to her prep. “I like to have a comfortable week where I have my sleep schedule in order. I’m in the gym, I’m regularly doing cardio — I just feel fit and energetic and healthy,” she said. On top of that, Sudo likes to go through a 24-hour fasting period. Proper nutrition is another major key for her. Those long periods of internal body prep help Sudo stay at the top of her game and in front of the competition.

Like Sudo, Joey Chestnut likes to have about a week or so to prep, rest, and practice. Training, including running, is a part of his regimen, but practicing eating the food beforehand appears to be paramount. “Every practice I try to build up my tolerance,” Chestnut says, as it helps him grit through more of whatever food is ahead of him.

Interestingly, prepping for contests is the most variable factor for several competitive eating athletes. While Stonie, Sudo, and Chestnut have ideal practice times and durations, they admit that they don’t always reach that optimum amount because of time constraints between contests and other varying factors. However, even when they’re not at their best, they can still accomplish incredible eating feats.

Getting Into Gametime Mode

Before games start, athletes love to hype themselves up and get the adrenaline flowing. Competitive eaters are no different.

Miki Sudo loves to, as she puts it, feed off of the crowd. The energy that they can provide really helps her give everything while eating. On top of the audience, she also likes to listen to any songs that get her pumped up and energized (Iggy Azalea’s “Heavy Crowd” is a personal favorite of hers right now).

Adrenaline and energy are definitely important, but so is their mindset heading into game time. Stonie feels that keeping yourself from “mentally psyching out” is important heading into a contest. By doing that, you keep yourself from getting in your head and letting that affect your performance.

When it comes to the actual contest, a general consensus exists that it’s all about maintaining your top energy for the allotted time. That means that while eating may seem enjoyable to us, an eating contest is anything but.

“Exerting 100% of your energy over the course of [a contest], no matter what you’re doing, is very very grueling,” Sudo told Foodbeast. Matt Stonie agrees, as he compares an eating contest to a marathon. “I think the hardest part is maintaining that internal momentum that you have and keep going and going,” he says.

For Stonie, the last two minutes of a competition are also the most grueling. “In the last couple of minutes it’s not fun and you wanna stop or just take it easy. 2 minutes left, 1 minute left, just push it out.” These competitive eaters are exerting their full effort when it’s game time, just like any professional athlete does during a sporting event. While each competition is not always the same amount of time, they all definitely take a serious toll that requires some extensive recovery.

Recovery Time

When an eating contest is all said and done, the competitors then immediately begin recovery mode. Considering they just consumed an obscene amount of food, some of the key steps afterward involve rest and hydration.

Immediately following a competition, Stonie’s priority is to get back to his hotel room, shower, take a nap, and hydrate.

For Sudo, hydration is the key as well, especially when it comes to saltier foods like hot dogs and potstickers.

“It’s really important for me to get rehydrated so my body doesn’t go into shock. [Contest organizers] ask us what kind of soda, juice, tea, or water we want after the contest.”

Even with that hydration on deck, it’s hard to be able to recover from a contest right away. There’s still post-game obligations that Sudo and the others have to fill. “[Sometimes] I haven’t been able to go back and rest for half an hour to an hour doing pictures and interviews,” Sudo stated. “So it’s really hard to find that bottle of water when you need it.”

Following the contest, the hydration and rest contributes to getting the food fully digested. For the next one to two days after an event, Stonie slowly goes from bloated to normal. However, he doesn’t fully fast while in this phase so that his nutrition stays on point.

“A day after, especially, usually 2 days in, I get some vegetables or light calories,” Stonie says. “You gotta take care of your body, you can’t just fast completely. Vitamins and minerals are essential to keep your whole system going.”

And while the eaters may still be in recovery mode for the next contest, they’re already gearing up for the next one. Like an athlete looks at footage of themselves to analyze their performance, Chestnut dissects his eating behaviors after a contest. “I look at how I did and I analyze it and analyze video and just figure out how I can try to improve.”

From there, all three eaters recover, train up, and get ready for the next contest, usually anywhere from a couple of days to a week away. That’s just about as intensive as a professional athlete’s schedule, so it’s clear that these guys are all in all the time. From their prep to game time to recovery, how Matt Stonie, Miki Sudo, and Joey Chestnut go about their eating contest strategies is very much like a professional athlete.

Based on their experiences, it’s clear that Major League eating is no joke. If you want in on the professional eating circuit, you better be ready to commit at the same level as Steph Curry does to basketball. Or, comparably, how any of the three eaters above prepare for eating contests.

Photos: Toyo Miyatake Studios for the Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship.
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Joey Chestnut Wins Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest in Record-Breaking Fashion

In a contest featuring unreal gluttons, Joey “Jaws” Chestnut stood out above the rest once again.

The competitive eating legend took home his 10th Mustard Belt title and $10,000 after winning the 2017 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, which is held every year at the Independence Day event on Coney Island in New York City. This time, Chestnut set a record for the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest by downing an astounding 72 hot dogs in just 10 minutes.

Chestnut’s main rival in the competition, Matt Stonie, managed to consume 48 hot dogs, finishing third place behind Chestnut and breakout eater Carmen Cincotti, who ate only four dogs less than this year’s champion. Stonie is the only person to have beaten Chestnut in the last decade at this contest.

Chestnut’s whopping 72-hot dog feat is a truly impressive caloric feat, as perfectly explained by ESPN’s Darren Rovell.

Basically, “Jaws” ate enough hot dogs to feed at least ten people for a day in ten minutes. Let that sink in for a minute. Despite those jaw-dropping numbers, Chestnut actually wasn’t too happy with his result, insisting that he could “do better” than the record-breaking number of hot dogs he had just eaten.

He’s definitely got some room to go, as his world-famous rival Takeru Kobayashi was once able to down over a hundred hot dogs in the same ten-minute time limit. Maybe Chestnut can get to that number next year? We’ll just have to wait and see, I guess.

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Proof That This Dude Can Eat A Hot Dog Faster Than Anyone

Move over Kobayashi. Take a seat Matt Stonie. Joey Chestnut, who? Get ready to meet the king of hot dog eating. Or shooting, as he describes it. Trust me, you’ve never seen anything like this before.

It’s been said that there are strange things on the internet. Very strange things. However, this video turns the word “strange”  into a hot dog, then a dude wearing a red bandana and sunglasses orally vacuums the hot dog into his body, only to spit it back out seconds later. Yes, it’s that weird.

You probably were not ready for that. If you’ve stopped laughing by now, we can resume our breakdown of this craziness.

The man claims he is the world’s fastest hot dog shooter — insinuating he’s done this before. Secondly, the vacuum sound he makes as he inhales the raw dogs back into his esophagus is almost mechanic. It’s unclear why he attempts this “trick” but, it doesn’t seem to bother the woman dressed in black who is on a cell phone behind him.

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“World’s fastest hot dog shooter — in the Northwest — I-I-I-I’ve never seen anyone be able to do this. I can do it quick.”

*INHALES ONE RAW HOT DOG*

“I’m just sayin…'”

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If you notice, he’s swinging his arms around so loosely, a single raw hot dog is actually thrown out of the package.

“We’re goin’ viral with this one!” – Self-proclaimed world’s fastest hot dog shooting man.

The video, posted by YouTube account FunnyNewsBloopers, slows down at one point to capture the man wearing the red bandana vacuum down 5 consecutive hot dogs. It’s in slow motion, but it can’t take more than 10 seconds.

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Although it’s quite a talent, someone should check his locker and pockets for performance enhancing drugs.

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Joey Chestnut Regains Nathan’s Famous Championship Belt

Sure, the average person will enjoy a hot dog or two on the Fourth of July. Hell, someone probably put away three or four hot dogs and felt like a boss. That’s cool, but try eating 53 — in 10 minutes. If you did, you still wouldn’t beat Joey Chestnut.

Just one year after losing the title of the most prolific hot dog eater in the world, Joey “Jaws” Chestnut regained the championship belt by dominating the 100th annual Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Competition, by crushing 70 hot dogs in 10 mins.

Chestnut lost the belt in last year’s competition to professional eater Matt Stonie. However, after a year of training, Chestnut was determined to reclaim the belt.

“Last year was rough,” Chestnut told ESPN. “This year was the best ever.”

Not only did Chestnut set the record for hot dogs eaten, at 70, but he but he also won a cash prize of $10,000. Although, Stonie didn’t walk away empty handed with a cool $5,000. Not bad for eating 53 hot dogs. With that said, Stonie ate 63 in last year’s competition.

It’s safe to say Chestnut is an absolute beast. 70 hot dogs is quite an accomplishment. What’s more interesting, last month Chestnut set another record by eating 73.5 dogs, according to Bleacher Report.

I guess the Nathan’s Famous competition was just a warm up. Until next year!

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Watch this 120 Pound Lady Destroy 13 Monster Food Challenges

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Molly Schuyler is 5 feet 7 inches tall and 120 pounds, but can eat a 72-ounce steak in less than three minutes. Schuyler is a competitive eater and taking a look at her videos, she can eat the hell out of anything, and fast.

She describes herself as just a girl from Nebraska, but you can’t eat crazy amounts of food and stay under the radar for too long. Molly is the very definition of a Foodbeast and puts restaurant challenges to shame. Whether it’s downing a 7-pound burrito, or the “Spiciest burrito in the world,” Molly has documented her food challenge journey throughout the years. Even her humble beginnings where she ate five Milky Ways is pretty impressive, considering it was washed down with a half gallon of egg nog.

These videos are not for the faint of heart. Her ability to devour food like a vacuum cleaner is nothing short of amazing. Watch your back, Joey Chestnut.

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5 Pound Chili Dog Pile

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The Big Texan Steak Challenge

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Markumm Monster Burger

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The Diablo Burrito

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5-pound Spaghetti Sandwich

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7 Pounds of Orange Chicken

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72-Ounce Steak in Under 3 Minutes

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9 Pounds of Cottage Cheese

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13 Slices of Pizza

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16-Inch Pizza with One Hand

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The Great Steak Challenge

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54-Egg Omelette

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5 Milky Ways and Half Gallon of Egg Nog

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Joey Chestnut Explains Why Fat People Can’t Competitively Eat, Also Talks About Pooping His Pants

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Competitive eater Joey Chestnut recently sat down with the always hilarious The Fat Jew for a few words before his big appearance in tomorrow’s Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest.

The annual 4th of July event has of recent memory been anchored by Joey Chestnut’s record-breaking performance. He currently holds the record of 69 Hot Dogs consumed in 10 minutes, and has finished in 1st place in the competition every year since 2007.

In his recent sit down with VICE, Joey Chestnut answers the common question surrounding traditional fat people’s inability to succeed in competitive eating competitions, as well as getting into a lengthy discussion about shitting your pants during competition:

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Japanese Professional Eating Legend Downs a 12 Incher

Fresh off his record performance in Philadelphia, where he ate 337 chicken wings in a half-hour, competitive eating legend Takeru Kobayashi of Japan was at it again, this time downing a whole 12-inch pizza in 1:09.36 on Feb. 12.

Kobayashi, in Tokyo, smashed the former record of 1:45.37 set by New Zealand’s Josh Anderson in 2008.

This was Kobayashi’s second attempt at the pizza record as he came up short in 2010 with a time of 2:04.

Adding to his resume of six Guinness World Records, the “Tsunami” has been on a tear so far this year with not only this pizza record, but the wing record set Feb. 3, and the record for 14 Twinkies in one minute set Jan.23 on the somehow-not-canceled Wendy Williams show.

Kobayashi made a name for himself by winning six consecutive Nathan’s Famous hot dog competitions before being taken down in 2007 by his arch-nemesis Joey Chestnut of the U.S. in 2007.

The feat is impressive, but I’d like to see competitive eater Pat Bertoletti, the guy in the video below take a shot at the official 12-inch pizza record.