The World Chili Eating Challenge

Date: 02/17/2018
Location: Orlando, FL
Discipline: Chili
Total Prizes: $3,500 Total Prize Purse


Major League Eating is set to open our 2018 season of sanctioned eating championships once more in Orlando, FL, with the sixth annual installment of the World Chili Eating Championship. Major League Eaters from near and far are warmly encouraged to compete in the event. Seriously, it's chili with the fine men and women of Orlando, FL, in mid-February. You should need no more reason that that.

At the 2017 Championship, Joey Chestnut again proved himself the greatest chili eater of all time with his fifth consecutive win at the event. He remains undefeated on the Orlando Chili Cookoff stage. Not that he had it easy—second-place finisher Carmen Cincotti would finish just eight ounces south of Chestnut. Geoffrey Esper began his career-defining 2017 with a solid show for third.

Do you dare challenge the greatest eaters in the world? Does the alluring scent and heady flavor of bowl after bowl after bowl of chili call your name? Are you looking for a reason to escape the icy cold and head to Florida next February? Then sign up today! Come one, come all—in the crowd or at the table, this is The World Chili Eating Challenge at the Orlando Chili Cookoff. Don't you ever miss it!

1st - $1,750
2nd - $900
3rd - $500
4th - $250
5th - $100

This contest will take place at 4:30pm local time on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at the Northwestern Mutual Orlando Chili Cook-off, Orlando Festival Park, 2911 East Robinson St., Orlando, FL 32803

Mark your calendars and prep your taste buds for February 17th, 2018 when Orlando will host the 9th Annual Northwestern Mutual Orlando Chili Cook Off featuring the 6th Annual World Chili Eating Challenge at Festival Park in Orlando. The event has grown from a neighborhood cook-off started by Orlando locals to Orlando's premier chili event. With over 100,000 samples of chili served and 15,000 attendees, each year the event exceeds expectations and has raised over $280,000 for deserving charities like Alex's Lemonade Stand, Special Olympics Florida, Kiwanis Clubs of Greater Orlando and several other local charities. Everyone from foodies, to beer connoisseurs and music fans enjoy this fun, family-friendly event centered around tasty chili, great live music, and good times. Loyal attendees have come to expect the cook-off to offer a good time, for a great cause, and the ninth annual event will be sure to offer nothing less.

This event would not be possible without the help of its sponsors, especially the presenting sponsor Northwestern Mutual, or the nearly 250 volunteers that come out to lend a hand. The event is produced by Events for Change, a non-profit 501(3)(c) organization that operates under a “good times for a great cause” philosophy.

“We’re excited to continue to bring this event to the Central Florida community and even happier that it benefits local deserving charities,” says President Kenneth Roberts.

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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.

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