MLE

 

Men's Field for 2014 Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest
6/30/2014

Sgt. Horacio Chanyau
Fort Polk, LA
5’11”, 220 lbs, 28 y/o
How He Got Here: Won Fort Lee, VA, Qualifier with 12 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min

• Winner of the inaugural Nathan’s Famous Military Qualifier, open to retired and active members of the Armed Forces
• Making his first appearance at the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Contest
• Serves in the US Army; holds the rank of Sergeant
• Stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana

Colin Shirlow
Dromore, County Down, Northern Ireland
5’10”, 209 lbs, 58 y/o
How He Got Here: Sponsor’s Invitation, as the Hillsborough International Oyster Eating Champion in Northern Ireland

• Won the Hillsborough International Oyster Eating Championship in Northern Ireland nine times in the row
• Undefeated in the oyster discipline but making his Hot Dog & Bun debut
• Defeated Major League Eaters Matt Stonie, Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas and “The Notorious BOB” Bob Shoudt in oysters
• Has owned a gym for 22 years called Shirlow Body Sculpture
• Has judged bodybuilding competitions

Ronnie Hartman
Fort Stewart, GA
6’0”, 210 lbs, 25 y/o
How He Got Here: Won Charlotte, NC, Qualifier with 21 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min

• #23-Ranked Eater in the World by Major League Eating
• Serves in the US Army; holds the rank of Specialist
• Placed 14th last year; 22 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min
• Ate 10.5 pints of ice cream in 6 min
• Ate 40 hard-boiled eggs in 8 min
• Post-military goal is to become a pro wrestler

Pablo Martinez
Visalia, CA
6’0”, 155 lbs, 28 y/o
How He Got Here: Won Las Vegas, NV, Qualifier with 26 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min

• #17-Ranked Eater in the World by Major League Eating
• Placed 11th last year; 27 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min
• Works as a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist
• Bowled a perfect game (300) at the age of 16
• Investigates the paranormal in his free time
• Ate 141 Day-Lee Foods gyoza in 10 min

Juan “More Bite” Rodriguez
Las Vegas, NV
5’7”, 170 lbs, 31 y/o
How He Got Here: Won Sonoma, CA, Qualifier with 26 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min

• #18-Ranked Eater in the World by Major League Eating
• Placed 12th last year; 26 Hot Dogs & Buns discipline in 10 min
• Personal best in Hot Dogs & Buns is 31
• Works as a personal trainer
• Ate 6.5 lbs ribs in 12 min
• Ate 60.5 tamales in 12 min
• Is known on the MLE circuit for his impeccable grooming and attention to hygiene

Aaron “The A-Train” Osthoff
Dubuque, IA
5’11”, 185 lbs, 40 y/o
How He Got Here: Won Tunica, MS, Qualifier with 27 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min

• #11-Ranked in the world by Major League Eating
• Placed 6th last year; 31 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min
• Ate 39 dozen oysters in 8 minutes
• Ate 66 cupcakes in 6 minutes
• Is the standing hot dog & chicken wing eating Champion of Canada, despite being a proud citizen of the United States
• Is nicknamed “The A-Train” even though there is no subway service in Dubuque, IA

Yasir Salem
New York, NY
6’0”, 187 lbs, 34 y/o
How He Got Here: Won St. Paul, MN, Qualifier with 27.5 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min

• #12-Ranked in the world by Major League Eating
• Placed 8th last year; 30 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min
• World Cannoli Eating Champion; 31.75 cannoli in 6 min
• Finished 2nd in the World Burping Championship with a burp time of 16.3 sec
• Ate 116 chicken wings in 12 min
• An avid fitness enthusiast, Salem ran three marathons in a two-week period in 2013

Sean “Flash” Gordon
Downington, PA
6’1”, 240 lbs, 38 y/o
How He Got Here: Won St. Louis, MO, Qualifier with 27.5 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min

• #15-Ranked in the world by Major League Eating
• Returning to compete on the Fourth of July after missing last year’s contest
• Ate a personal best 34 Hot Dogs & Buns in 2011
• Ate 113 chicken wings in 10 min
• Ate 30 moon pies in 8 min

Eric “Badlands” Booker
Selden, NY
6’1”, 380 lbs, 45 y/o
How He Got Here: Won Bloomingdale, IL, Qualifier with 27.5 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min

• #22-Ranked in the world by Major League Eating
• Placed 15th last year, 21 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min
• Will appear on stage this year to perform a selection of his rap hits
• Works as a conductor on the New York City Subway’s #7 line
• Holds nine World Records
• World Chocolate Candy Bar Eating Champion; 2 lbs in 6 min
• World Corned Beef Hash Eating Champion; 4 lbs in 1 min, 58 secs
• World Glazed Doughnut Eating Champion; 49 in 8 min
• World Green Pea Eating Champion, 9.5 lbs in 12 min

Marcos “The Monster” Owens
Hillside, NJ
6’1”, 220 lbs, 26 y/o
How He Got Here: Won Long Pond, PA, Qualifier with 28 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min

• #16-Ranked Eater in the World by Major League Eating
• Placed 9th last year; 29 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min
• Ate 144 Hooters chicken wings in 10 min
• Ate 18 Pepperoni Rolls in 10 min
• Ate 31 cannoli in 6 min

Adrian “The Rabbit” Morgan
New Orleans, LA
6’1”, 195 lbs, 28 y/o
How He Got Here: Won Savannah, GA, Qualifier with 28 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min

• #7-Ranked eater in the world by Major League Eating
• Placed 5th last year; 38 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min
• Fifth consecutive year at Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Contest
• World Short-Course Hard-boiled Egg Eating Champion, 20 hard-boiled eggs in 84 seconds, set aboard the USS battleship Fitzgerald
• Won Rouse’s 2014 Crawfish Eating World Championship, 2.7lbs of Crawfish in 10 min
• Placed 2nd in 2014 Acme Oyster Eating World Championship, 30 dozen oysters in 8 min
• Ate 4.25 pounds of catfish in 10 min

Tim “Eater X” Janus
New York, NY
5’10”, 170 lbs, 37 y/o
How He Got Here: Won CitiField, NY, Qualifier with 28.5 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min

• #3-Ranked Eater in the World by Major League Eating
• Placed 3rd last year; 50 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min
• Ninth consecutive year at Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Contest
• World Burping Champion (duration discipline), 18.1 seconds
• World Ramen Noodle Eating Champion; 10.5 lbs in 8 min
• World Sushi Eating Champion; 171 pieces of Nigiri Sushi in 6 min
• World Tiramisu Eating Champion; 4 lbs in 6 min
• Was a contestant on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire;” made it to the million-dollar question
• Works as pizza cook in New York City

Jeff “The Beast Man” Butler
Cleveland, OH
6’0”, 195 lbs, 31 y/o
How He Got Here: Wild Card entrant. Ate 29 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min at Cleveland, OH, Qualifier

• #10-Ranked Eater in the World by Major League Eating
• Placed 6th last year; 31 Hot Dogs & Buns discipline in 10 min
• Ate 124 Hooters chicken wings in 10 min
• Ate 160 Day-Lee Foods Gyoza in 10 min
• Ate 54 tamales in 10 min
• Was once an Army Cook and was disciplined for over-eating
• Aspires to open his very own food truck or café

Brian “Dud Light” Dudzinski
Phoenixville, PA
6'2”, 190 lbs, 29 y/o
How He Got Here: Won Cleveland, OH, Qualifier with 29 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min

• #29-Ranked Eater in the World by Major League Eating
• Making his first appearance at the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Contest
• Ate 9.75 pints of ice cream in 6 min
• Ate 7.25 corned beef sandwiches in 10 min
• Ate 30.5 moon pies in 8 min
• Despite appearances, is neither an Abercrombie & Fitch model or a Uruguayan soccer player

Erik “The Red” Denmark
Seattle, WA
6’1”, 195 lbs, 36 y/o
How He Got Here: Won Houston, TX, Qualifier with 36 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min

• #14-Ranked in the world by Major League Eating
• Placed 10th last year; 28 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min
• World Native American Fry Bread Eating Champion; 9.75 Fry Breads in 8 min
• World Shrimp Eating Champion; 4 lbs 15 oz of spot shrimp in 12 min
• Major League Eating’s only known Boeing executive
• A spicy foods specialist
• Ate 5 lbs of kimchi in 6 min
• Ate 40 ears of sweet corn in 12 min

Matt “The Megatoad” Stonie
San Jose, CA
5’8”, 120 lbs, 22 y/o
How He Got Here: Won Boston, MA, Qualifier with 53 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min

• #2-Ranked Eater in the World by Major League Eating
• Placed 2nd last year; 51 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min
• Fourth consecutive year at Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Contest
• World Creek Indian Taco Eating Champion; 32.5 in 8 min
• World Frozen Yogurt Eating Champion; 10.5 lbs in 6 min
• World Gyro Eating Champion; 24 8-oz Gyros in 10 min
• World Gyoza Eating Champion; 268 Day-Lee Foods gyoza in 10 min.
• World Slugburger Champion; 30 Slugburgers in 10 min
• Ate 100 Marshmallow Peeps in 2 minutes
• Celebrated his 21st birthday by setting the Birthday Cake World Record; 5.5 lbs in
8 min 59 sec
• Defeated Joey Chestnut three times in MLE competition in 2013, and once so far this year

Joey “Jaws” Chestnut
San Jose, CA
6’1”, 225 lbs, 30 y/o
How He Got Here: Sponsor’s Exemption (2014 Women’s Champion)

• #1-Ranked Eater in the World by Major League Eating
• Reigning Champion; winner of seven consecutive Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July titles
• Set world record in last year’s contest, eating 69 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min. Broke his previous world record of 68, set in 2009 and equaled in 2012
• 10th consecutive year as a Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Contestant
• Captured his first Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Championship in 2007, eating 66 Hot Dogs & Buns in 12 min to snap Kobayashi’s streak of six Fourth of July wins
• Defeated Kobayashi head-to-head for three consecutive years at the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Championship on the Fourth of July (2007, 2008 and 2009)
• Hold 32 World Records, which is a World Record of World Records
• World Tamale Eating Champion; 102 tamales in 12 min
• World Twinkie Eating Champion; 121 Twinkies in 6 min
• World Asparagus Eating Champion; 12 lbs 8.75 oz of Deep Fried Asparagus in 10 min
• World Bratwurst Eating Champion; 70 Bratwurst in 10 min
• World Ice Cream Eating Champion; 15 pints Vanilla Ice Cream in 6 min
• World Pulled Pork Slider Eating Champion; 62 sliders in 10 min
• World Hard Boiled Egg Eating Champion; 141 hard-boiled eggs in 8 min
• 2012 Graduate of San Jose State University, bachelors degree in Civil Engineering
• Learned to eat fast while growing up with five siblings
• Girlfriend Neslie Ricasa is competing in the Women’s Championship