Major League Eating is a proud supporter of Feeding AmericaDonate Now

The Acme Oyster Eating World Championship

Location: New Orleans, LA
Date: 05-31-2015
Winner: Sonya Thomas, with 41 dozen oysters in 8 mins!


New Orleans, LA, was NOT the place to be this coming Sunday, May 31st, if you were an oyster. For everyone else, it was the epicenter of sport, as Major League Eater from near and far again descended on the New Orleans Oyster Festival with two things on their minds: Glory and money.

Prevailing on this day was Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas, the greatest eater of the oyster in the history of the world. She ate 41 dozen oysters in eight minutes to claim the championship in this event she has made her own. (Some quick math. Forty-one dozen. So, 41 times 12, equals 492, times six is 2952, divided by three is 984, squared is 968,256, divided by 984, divided by two, of course, is 492. That's 492 oysters in eight minutes. Or 61.5 oysters a minute. Or 1,025 oysters a second.)

Sonya's hand speed remains the best in the business. And her manual dexterity is simply the first line of attack in an oyster-eating process that is the best in the business. Each twitch of muscle. Each pivot of the hips. Eat bite. Each swallow. They move in synchronicity. In a perfect symphony. If you've seen it, you know what I am talking about. If you have not, pfft—you're twisting my melon. Some things you simply have to behold. Fields of sunflowers. A wave crashing against a rock. Sonya eating oysters. That's about it.

Local hero Adrian Morgan tied for Ms Michelle less of Tucson, AZ—a place, to be fair, that is not know for its oysters or oyster-led cuisine—with 36 dozen. King Voodoo himself, aka Corey Fanguy, came fourth with 26 dozen. But this year's The Acme Oyster Eating World Championship belonged to one lady. Sonya Thomas. The Black Widow. The greatest. Hail to the queen.

This contest* will took place at 11.45AM Central, on Sunday May 31st, 2015 at the New Orleans Oyster Festival in Woldenberg Park, New Orleans, LA!

Prize Payouts! 1st - $1,000 2nd - $500 3rd - $250

CLICK HERE for more information on the 2015 New Orleans Oyster Festival

Follow the festival on Twitter @NOLA_Oyster.

CLICK HERE for more information on Acme Oyster House.

Become a fan of the MLE Facebook Page

For instant results to all Major League Eating Contests, follow @eatingcontest.

*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.

© 2022, Major League Eating · International Federation of Competitive Eating, Inc.
560 Fifth Avenue, 4th Floor · New York, NY 10036