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July 4th Competitor Bib Sheets - MEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
6/29/2012

NATHAN’S FAMOUS FOURTH OF JULY INTERNATIONAL HOT DOG EATING CONTEST

2012 COMPETITOR BIB SHEET – MEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Joey “Jaws” Chestnut
San Jose, CA
6’1”, 220 lbs, 28 y/o
How He Got Here: Sponsor’s Exemption (2007 - 2011 Champion)
•#1 Ranked Eater in the World by Major League Eating; current 5-time Fourth of July Champion
•Eighth consecutive year at Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Contest
•Set world record in 2009 Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Contest; 68 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min
•Captured first World Hot Dog Eating Championship in 2007 after eating 66 Hot Dogs & Buns in 12 min
•Snapped Kobayashi’s streak of six straight Fourth of July wins in 2007
•TooJay’s World Corned Beef Sandwich Eating Champion, 20 sandwiches in 10 min
•World Deep-Fried Asparagus Eating Champion, 8.135 lbs in 10 min
•World Wonton Eating Champion, 390 Wontons in 8 min
•World Bratwurst Eating Champion, 35 Bratwurst in 10 min
•2012 Graduate of San Jose State University with a bachelors degree in Civil Engineering
•Learned to eat fast growing up with five siblings
•Girlfriend Neslie Ricasa is competing in the Women’s Championship

Tim “Eater X” Janus
New York, NY
5’10”, 170 lbs, 34 y/o
How He Got Here: Won Atlantic City, NJ Qualifier, 45 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min
•#3 Ranked Eater in the World by Major League Eating
•Eighth consecutive year at Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Contest
•Placed 2nd behind Joey Chestnut in 2010 Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July contest
•World Tamale Eating Champion, 67 in 12 min
•World Sushi Eating Champion, 171 pieces of nigiri sushi in 6 min
•World Ramen Noodle Eating Champion, 10.5 lbs in 8 min
•Has eaten 66 cupcakes in 6 min
•2004 Major League Eating Rookie of the Year
•Lives with competitive eater Crazy Legs Conti in New York’s East Village
•Pizza cook in New York City
•World Burping Champion (duration discipline), 18.1 seconds

Matt “megatoad” Stonie
San Jose, CA
5’8”, 120 lbs, 20 y/o
How He Got Here: Won Boston, MA Qualifier, 42 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min
•#6 Ranked Eater in the World by Major League Eating
•Second year at Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Contest
•Placed 2nd in World Gyro Eating Championship, 15.5 gyros in 10 min
•Placed 2nd in World Deep Fried Asparagus Eating Championship, 7.875 lbs in 10 min
•Placed 2nd in the World Gyoza Eating Championship, 213 gyoza in min
•Placed 3rd behind Joey Chestnut and Pat Bertoletti in first MLE event in 2011

Bob “Notorious B.O.B.” Shoudt
Royersford, PA
6'2”, 265 lbs, 44 y/o
How He Got Here: Won Citi Field (Queens, NY) Qualifier, 40 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min
•#5 Ranked Eater in the World by Major League Eating
•Seventh consecutive year at Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Contest
•Moniker changed from “Humble Bob” to “Notorious B.O.B.” after winning 7 of 8 contests in 2009
•Set MLE capacity record in 2010 by eating 23 pounds of salmon chowder with a spoon in 6 min
•World Beef Brisket Sandwich Eating Champion, 34.75 in 10 min
•World Chili Spaghetti Eating Champion, 13.575 lbs in 10 min
•World Roast Beef Slider Eating Champion, 37.5 roast beef sliders in 8 min
•Earns money on the MLE Circuit to put his kids through college

Patrick “Deep Dish” Bertoletti
Chicago, IL
6’2”, 190 lbs, 26 y/o
How He Got Here: Won Garden City, MI Qualifier, 37 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min
•#2 Ranked Eater in the World by Major League Eating
•Seventh consecutive year at Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Contest
•World Cheesesteak Eating Champion, 20 cheesesteaks in 10 min; defeated Joey Chestnut
•World Boneless Buffalo Wing Eating Champion, 6.75 lbs in 10 min
•World Pepperoni Roll Eating Champion, 33 pepperoni rolls in 10 min
•World Gyro Eating Champion, 18 gyros in 10 min
•World Moon Pie Eating Champion, 60 moon pies in 10 min
•World Cupcake Eating Champion, 72 cupcakes in 6 min
•World Jalapeno Eating Champion, 275 La Costena Jalapenos in 8 min
•World Ice Cream-Eating Champion, 1.75 gallons Vanilla Ice Cream in 8 min
•Hold 39 World Records; more than any eater in history
•Culinary school graduate and chef in Chicago
•Runs a food truck in Chicago called GluttonForce Five with eater Tim “Gravy” Brown

Eric “Badlands” Booker
Selden, NY
6’5”, 360 lbs, 43 y/o
How He Got Here: Wildcard Winner, Ate 37 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min at Citi Field Qualifer
•#15-ranked in the world by Major League Eating
•Fourteenth year at Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Contest, first was in 1997
•Known as the “People’s Champ”
•World Matzo Ball Eating Champion, 25 motzo balls in 5 min
•World Strawberry Jubilee Eating Champion, 7 lbs in 4 min
•World Pumpkin Pie Eating Champion, 4.375 pumpkin pies in 6 min
•World Doughnut Eating Champion, 49 glazed doughnuts in 8 min
•Subway Conductor on New York City Transit #7 Train
•Also a professional rapper; albums include “Hungry & Focused” versions 1-4, “Extended Play” “Surf & Stillwell EP” and new release “Big Man Mentality”

Adrian “The Rabbit” Morgan
Baton Rouge, LA
6’1”, 195 lbs, 29 y/o
How He Got Here: Won Naples, FL Qualifier, 33 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min
•#7-ranked in the world by Major League Eating
•Second year at Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Contest
•Placed 2nd in Martorano’s Meatball Eating Championship, 48 meatballs in 10 min
•Placed 3rd in Acme Oyster Eating World Championship, 37 dozen oysters in 8 min
•Placed 3rd in Crawfish Eating Championship, 2.45 lbs in 10 min
•Has eaten 36 tamales in 12 min
•Has eaten 4.25 pounds of catfish in 10 min
•2011 Major League Eating Rookie of the Year
•2012 culinary school graduate, baker of artisan breads

Erik “The Red” Denmark
Seattle, WA
6’4”, 208 lbs, 33 y/o
How He Got Here: Won Tempe, AZ Qualifier, 30 ½ Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min
•#11 Ranked Eater in the World by Major League Eating
•Seventh consecutive year at Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Contest
•Won Hooters World Wing-Eating Championship Qualifier (Fremont, CA), 140 wings in 10 min
•Has eaten 31.5 ears of Sweet Corn in 12 min
•Battle of the Bhut XXX Wing Eating Champion, 35 wings in 5 min
•World Fry Bread Eating Champion, 9.75 Fry Breads in 8 min
•World Spot Shrimp Eating Champion, 4 lbs, 15 oz spot shrimp in 12 min
•Has eaten 4.8 lbs ribs in 12 min

Sean “Flash” Gordon
Downingtown, PA
6’2”, 245 lbs, 36 y/o
How He Got Here: Won Las Vegas, NV Qualifier, 30 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min
•#12 Ranked Eater in the World by Major League Eating
•Fourth consecutive year at Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Contest
•Has eaten 19.5 Peanut Butter & Banana Sandwiches in 10 min
•Placed 2nd in 2009 U.S. Buffalo Wing Eating Championships, 3.25 lbs in 12 min
•Has eaten 6 lbs of French Fries in 10 min
•Entertained troops at GITMO with Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Pro-Am Contest, Labor Day 2010

Tim “Gravy” Brown
Chicago, IL
5’11”, 195 lbs, 33 y/o
How He Got Here: Won the St. Paul, MN Qualifier, 28 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min
•#10 Ranked Eater in the World by Major League Eating
•Sixth consecutive year at Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Contest
•Ribmania Rib Eating Champion, 7.8 lbs in 8 min
•Won Hooters World Wing Eating Championship Qualifier (St. Louis), 130 wings in 10 min
•Placed 2nd in World Bratwurst Eating Championship, 31.5 bratwurst in 10 min
•Marketing maven: launched “Bring Me the Head of Erik the Red” Campaign in 2010 to intimidate MLE rival Erik “the Red” Denmark; launched “Believe in Gravy” in 2009
•World Potato Wedge Eating Champion, 3.74 lbs in 8 min
•Has eaten 8.47 lbs Blueberry Pie (Hands-Free) in 8 min
•Runs a food truck in Chicago called GluttonForce Five with eater Pat “Deep Dish” Bertoletti
•Girlfriend Janice Deregula is competing in the Women’s Championship

Micah “Wing Kong” Collins
Drexel Hill, PA
6’1”, 270 lbs, 41 y/o
How He Got Here: Won Pittsburgh, PA Qualifier, 27 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min
•#13 Ranked Eater in the World by Major League Eating
•Second year at Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Contest
•Won Hooters Wing Eating Championship Qualifier (Atlanta), 122 wings in 10 min
•Has eaten 84 oz baked beans in 58 sec
•Has eaten 6 lbs of chili in 6 min
•Began his competitive eating career on the International Poultry Circuit

Crazy Legs Conti
New York, NY
6’2”, 215 lbs, 41 y/o
How He Got Here: Won Cleveland, OH Qualifier, 25 ¼ Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min
•#17 Ranked Eater in the World by Major League Eating
•Tenth year at Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Contest
•National Sweet Corn Eating Champion, 44 ears of corn in 12 min
•Won Hooters Wing Eating Championship Qualifier (Indianapolis), 148 wings in 10 min
•Beef Brisket Buffet-Eating Champion
•Lumberjack Breakfast-Eating Champion
•Pancake Eating Champion, 3.5 lbs bacon and pancakes in 12 min
•Former French Cut String Bean and Oyster Eating Champion

Pete “Pretty Boy” Davekos
Boston, MA
6’1”, 210 lbs, 33 y/o
How He Got Here: Won Thackerville, OK Qualifier, 24 ½ Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min
•#14 Ranked Eater in the World by Major League Eating
•Fifth consecutive year at Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Contest
•World Garlicky Greens Eating Champion, 7.5 lbs in 5 min
•World Fruit Basket / Edible Arrangements Eating Champion (short form), 3 min 52 sec
•Ate 8.5 lbs of poutine in 10 min at World Poutine Eating Championship
•Ate 31 tacos in 10 min at Taco Bell Why Pay More Soft Taco Challenge
•Former Natural Competitive Body Builder
•Wife Mia “Meatballz” Davekos is competing in the Women’s Championship

Yasir “The Doggy Bag” Salem
New York, NY
How He Got Here: Won Charlotte, NC Qualifier, 24 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min
•#22 Ranked Eater in the World by Major League Eating
•First year at Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Contest
•Having his tonsils removed as a child helps him swallow large amounts of food
•Has eaten 117 Hooters chicken wings in 10 min
•Has eaten 23.25 ears of corn in 12 min
•Placed 2nd in World Burping Championship, burped for 16.3 sec
•Will compete in Nathan’s July 4th Contest and 2 triathlons within 1 week (NYRR triathlon, June 30; NYC Olympic, July 8)
•Earned money on the MLE Circuit to help him raise over $3,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Lee Vilinsky
Representing Canada
How He Got Here: Won Calgary, Alberta, Canada Qualifier (Canadian Division)
•First year at Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Contest
•Graduate student at the University of Alberta