The Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship

Date: 08/26/2017
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Discipline: Day-Lee Foods Gyoza
Total Prizes: $6,000 Total Prize Purse


Say it loud and say it proud: The Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship returns to Major League Eating's 2017 slate of sanctioned eating events. It is beloved and for good reason: The Day-Lee Food Gyoza is a peerless example of this Japanese delicacy, often served as an appetizer or snack-on-the-go to civilians, and in the hundreds to Major League Eaters. Members of our esteemed league are warmly encouraged to sign up to compete in this Championship.

This year marks the 11th installment of the Championship. Over the years, we have learned much about the Day-Lee Foods Gyoza. We have learned that it is delicious. We have learned, in competitive eating terms, not so much a technique food but a capacity food—insert, ingest, repeat. We have learned that Major League Eaters can eat them in extraordinary numbers. The world record in the discipline was set in 2014 by Joey Chestnut, when he ate 384 Day-Lee Foods Gyoza in 10 minutes. That record will be on the line at the 2017 Championship. In 2016, Matt Stonie ate 323 Day-Lee Foods Gyoza in 10 minutes to claim the title.

The Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship is the ultimate test of man vs woman vs gyoza vs the many temptations of Los Angeles vs oneself. It is a marquee event on the MLE calendar. Do you have what it takes to cover yourself in Little Tokyo glory? At the table or in the crowd—don't you ever miss it!

1. $2,000
2. $1,500
3. $800
4. $550
5. $450
6. $250
7. $150
8. $125
9. $100
10. $75

This contest will take place at 2.30pm Pacific, on Saturday August 26th, 2017, at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC) Plaza, 244 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA 900122!

Please note: This contest is restricted to participants aged 18 and over.

About The Day-Lee World Gyoza Eating Championship and the Nisei Week Festival!
Celebrating 11 years and over 19,000 gyoza consumed, the Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship is proud to welcome Major League Eating’s best back to the Nisei Week! The Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship will take place during the second weekend of the 77th Nisei Week Japanese Festival and all proceeds will benefit the Nisei Week Foundation. The Nisei Week Foundation is a non-profit 501 ©(3) charitable organization that produces the nine-day festival in order to celebrate and share Japanese and Japanese-American culture and history as an integral part of the City of Los Angeles’ historic Little Tokyo Community. Day-Lee Foods, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of NH Foods Ltd. NH Foods Ltd. has been delivering quality meat products to the food service and general consumer markets for more than 50 years. Their products are available at grocers nationwide under the Day-Lee Pride and Crazy Cuizine Brands.

The Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship will take place during the Nisei Week Plaza Fest at the JACCC. The Plaza Fest will include food and vendor booths and the return of the Nisei Week Beer Garden. Event entry is free to the public, but seating will be limited.

CLICK HERE for more information on the 2017 Los Angeles Nisei Week Festival.

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*All applicants must be 18 years of age or older and fully acknowledge and understand the inherent dangers and risks associated with participating in an eating contest. The applicant further acknowledges and understands that the MLE/IFOCE coordinates with event sponsor(s) to select and approve eligible participants, and that the MLE/IFOCE shall decide, at its sole discretion, whether an applicant is eligible to participate in any eating event, and/or related activities. The MLE/IFOCE may revoke an applicant's eligibility to participate in the eating contest, or related activities, at any time, for any reason, at its sole discretion. The MLE/IFOCE and the event sponsors reserve the right, at any time, to change any and all details concerning the event, including, e.g., time, duration, location and prize structure.