America's Grossest Eating Contests

  • America’s Grossest Eating Contests

    The Fourth of July is just around the corner and we all know what that means: Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest. Regarded as the “Super Bowl” of eating competitions, Nathan’s Famous has been held at Coney Island in New York every year on July 4 since 1916. Last year’s champion, Joey Chestnut, ate a record 68 hot dogs in 10 minutes. That’s equivalent to chowing down a hot dog every nine seconds. Food-eating contests are a serious sport. Contestants regularly train themselves for the competitions by fasting and stretching their stomachs with protein supplements. There’s even an International Federation of Competitive Eating to officiate events. We’ve compiled a list of eight over-the-top eating competitions in which your fellow Americans participate. Dig in! Photo Credit: dietrich
    Feeling the heat?
  • Feeling the heat?

    Considered one of the most grueling eating competitions in the nation, La Costeña Feel the Heat Jalapeño Eating Championship Challenge invites the world’s greatest speed eaters to munch down as many jalapenos peppers as they can in 10 minutes. At this year’s fest, Patrick “Deep Dish” Bertoletti emerged victorious, wolfing down 275 fiery peppers and winning $6,000 in prize money. Even more, Bertoletti edged out the runner-up by one jalapeno. No word on how much water the participants chugged after the competition ended. La Costeña Feel the Heat Jalapeño Eating Championship Challenge is held every May in San Antonio. Photo Credit: lucianvenutian
    Qua-what?!
  • Qua-what?!

    You say tomato, I say tomahto. You say clam, I say quahog. The inaugural Stuffed Quahog Eating Contest will take place June 23 in Falmouth, Mass. Contestants will have 90 seconds to devour as many stuffed quahogs as their hearts desire. Quahogs — another name for hard-shelled clams — are native to the eastern shores of North America and are especially abundant between Cape Cod and New Jersey. The number of contestants will be limited, so contenders are encouraged to pre-register to the Stuffed Quahog Eating Contest by emailing quahogrepublic1@aol.com or calling 508-540-4111. Photo Credit: e.t
    Stockton Asparagus Festival
  • Stockton Asparagus Festival

    Imagine eating a newborn baby’s weight in asparagus. That’s what Joey Chestnut did at the Stockton Asparagus Festival in April to claim his fifth World Deep-Fried Asparagus Eating Championship title in six years. Chowing down 8 lbs. 7 oz. of the green veggie in 10 minutes, Chestnut easily defeated the runner-up, who ate a meager 6 lbs. 7 oz. in the same amount of time. The Stockton Asparagus Festival—held annually in Stockton, Calif.—invites vegetable lovers to participate in eating deep-fried tempura-battered asparagus for a chance at $1,500. Photo Credit: Muffet
    What a Pig!
  • What a Pig!

    Arguably one of the grossest food competitions ever concocted, the World’s Pig Feet Eating Championship is held every summer at the New Jersey State Fair. Despite being trained to consume familiar tastes like hot dogs and pizza, the participants at this food festival munch on boiled pigs’ feet and knuckles sprayed with lemon juice. In June 2007, Arturo Rios, Jr., won the challenge and set a world record of devouring 3 pounds worth of pigs’ feet in 10 minutes. Talk about making a pig out of himself. Photo Credit: Getty Images
    Blue C Sushi Eating Contest
  • Blue C Sushi Eating Contest

    The ultimate sushi-eating showdown is held in Seattle every April and is hosted by Japanese restaurant Blue C Sushi. This competition isn’t limited to those who like devouring raw fish. Participants in Blue C Sushi’s Eating Contest actually gobble down vegetable cucumber rolls. In April, Blue C Sushi crowned Jack Monserud champion, having eaten a total of 72 pieces of kappa maki within the five-minute regulatory time, plus a two-minute overtime period. Photo Credit: Getty Images
    World Famous Vidalia Onion Eating Contest
  • World Famous Vidalia Onion Eating Contest

    Remember the quote: “Life is like an onion: you peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep”? Apparently, participants at the World-Famous Vidalia Onion Eating Contest throw that phrase out the window. Competitors at Vidalia gulp down as many onions as their stomachs can manage in three minutes. The annual Vidalia Onion Eating Contest features three age categories (6-11, 12-16, 17 & older), and the 2010 winners ate 8, 16, and 25.5 onions respectively. Why anyone would eat whole onions for a mere $100 prize is anybody’s guess. The annual World-Famous Vidalia Onion Eating Contest takes place every April. Photo Credit: kaiscapes
    Wing Bowl
  • Wing Bowl

    First held in a hotel for an audience of 150, Wing Bowl has become so popular that the event now takes place at the Wachovia Center — the arena where the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers play to crowds of 20,000 — on the Friday preceding Super Bowl. Spectators at the annual chicken wing competition get rowdy as ladies — aptly named “wingettes” — dressed in skimpy outfits are paraded on floats as they enter the stadium. Be sure to turn on your celebrity radar at Wing Bowl 2011, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi of Jersey Shore was spotted at this year’s festivities. Wing Bowl 2010 champ Jonathan 'Super' Squibb demolished his competition, devouring 238 chicken wings in 30 minutes, while his nearest competitor trailed with 145 wings. Photo Credit: scaredy_kat
    Glutton Bowl
  • Glutton Bowl

    Too bad Glutton Bowl only lasted one year. Nevertheless, it deserves to be on this list because of the sheer grossness that was exhibited in the competitions. Glutton Bowl was a two-hour IFOCE-sanctioned eating competition that aired on Fox Networks in February 2002. More than 30 of the world’s best competitive eaters came out to Glutton Bowl to duke it out with one another. With each competition lasting 12 minutes long, some notable records include: 10 quarter-pound sticks of butter, 8 pounds of mayonnaise, 38 hard-boiled eggs and 17.5 pounds of cow brain. Takeru Kobayashi of Japan, 23 at the time, was named champion of Glutton Bowl and received $25,000 in prize money. Actually, at second thought, we’re glad Glutton Bowl lasted only one year. Almost 18 pounds of cow brain in 12 minutes. Enough said. Photo Credit: Adi Setiawan
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  • Read on!

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