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The Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship

Location: Los Angeles, CA
Date: 08-22-2015
Winner: Matt Stonie, with 343 Day-Lee Foods Gyoza in 10 min


That was intense..

So Tweeted one @MattStonie at 6:49PM on August 22, 2015. We will forgive him the grammatical error on his use of the double period this once: Stonie was likely mid-digestion at the time of the Tweet, having eaten 343 Day-Lee Foods Gyoza five hours earlier. Worse transgressions are made every second by people facing far more moderate stomach demands.

Intense is overused and used poorly. That movie was not intense, it was scripted. That snowboard run was not intense; gnarly, perhaps, but not intense. Exhilarating is likely the word you're looking for there, Snowboard Steve. That intense undergrad student who took issue with your criticism of Foucault's work on justice and social power is not intense, he is simply a bore.

But this. This. This was intense. Ten minutes. Plate upon plate of perfectly cooked Day-Lee Foods Gyoza. Chestnut by his side. His fans sprawled in front of him. The emcee counts from 10. The fingers dance. The palate calls. Go!

And down, down, down, one fistful of gyoza after the next. Chestnut forcing the issue; Chestnut fast out of the blocks. Pace. Rhythm. Speed. Finders, keepers. Get it. Get in a groove. Let the mechanics take over. Block it all out. Trust the mechanics. The noise grows. Howls. Sweat. Don't break rhythm. Twist, pop, bite, swallow. Down, down, down. Trust the machine. Trust yourself. You are the Boy King. They are your subjects.

Stop! Count the plates. Chestnut smiles. That smile. He knows he's done well. Count the plates. Well enough? Not well enough? Count the plates. If it's close, how close? And who ate what? Count the plates. The numbers are in. The numbers say all that needs to be said for they are exact and they are cruel and the rest is hearsay: Stonie 343, Chestnut 339. Four gyoza. One bite. A few seconds. Nothing. Everything.

That was intense.. That was The 2015 Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship.

Full Results! 1 Matt Stonie, 343 2 Joey Chestnut, 339 3 Miki Sudo, 178 4 Adrian Morgan, 175 5 Michelle Lesco, 170 6 Rich LeFevre, 169 7 Steve Hendry, 145 8 Erik Denmark, 142 9 Juliet Lee, 129 10 Badlands Booker, 125 11 Josh Miller, 109 12 Pablo Martinez, 107 13 Nate Biller, 94 14 Carlene LeFevre, 77 15 Lesley Ryder, 69 16 Rowell Marcos, 58 17 Mary Bowers, 49 18 Matt Ralston, 8

This contest* will took at 1pm Pacific, on Saturday August 22nd, 2015, 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! The Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship will take place during the second weekend of the 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.

In celebration of the Nisei Week Festival’s 75th anniversary, the Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship returns to its birthplace: the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center. Event attendees will enjoy vendor booths, culinary offerings and a beer garden hosted by Far Bar, as well as tastings of Day-Lee Foods products, available at grocers nationwide!

CLICK HERE for more information on the 2015 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.

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