STONIE DETHRONES CHESTNUT AT THE NUGGET WORLD RIB EATING CHAMPIONSHIP
Matt “Megatoad” Stonie devours 10.5 pounds of ribs in 12 minutes; Joey Chestnut takes second with 9.75 pounds.
Reno/Sparks, NV – Matt “Megatoad” Stonie, the world’s number-one ranked competitive eater thrilled a capacity crowd by winning the 10th Annual Nugget World Rib-Eating Championship for the first time in his Major League Eating career. Stonie downed 10.5 pounds of ribs during the 12-minute contest, unseating longtime rib champion and number-two ranked eater Joey Chestnut and taking home the lion’s share of the $5,000 cash purse.
“Joey Chestnut has dominated this event for eight years out of the past nine, so to come here for the 10th annual Rib Eating Championship and take the title from him, it feels amazing” said Stonie.
Chestnut ate 9.75 pounds of ribs at the 10th annual contest, beating his own 2014 feat of 9.27 pounds.
“I was having trouble swallowing and I went to the water a lot more than I should have,” said Chestnut of his loss. “They were fast ribs. Yeah, he beat me.”
Number-four ranked competitive eater Miki Sudo took third place with 6.25 pounds, followed closely by fourth place winner and #35-ranked competitive eater, Lesley Ryder who ate 6.15 pounds of ribs.
Rich LeFevre took fifth place, eating 5 pounds during the contest.
The event kicks off the 27th annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off in Sparks, Nevada. The six-day barbecue festival is held every Labor Day weekend, as 500,000 hungry visitors eat more than 241,000 pounds of ribs served up by 24 of the world’s most talented rib cookers.
FULL NUGGET WORLD RIB-EATING CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS 1st Place: Matt Stonie - 10.5 pounds 2nd Place: Joey Chestnut - 9.75 pounds 3rd Place: Miki Sudo - 6.25 pounds 4th Place: Lesley Rider, 6.15 pounds 5th Place: Rich LeFevre: 5 pounds 6th Place: Steve Hendry - 4 pounds 7th Place: Dan Brown - 3 pounds 8th Place: Crazy Legs Conti - 2.7 pounds 9th Place: Drake Nelson - 2 pounds
This contest took place at 6pm local time, on Wednesday, September 2, 2015, trackside at The 27th Annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off at the Nugget Casino Resort—1100 Nugget Ave, Sparks, NV 89431!
About The Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off! The 27th Annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off features the nation’s top rib-cookers, each vying for the highly coveted first place trophy, cash prizes and the People’s Choice Award. More than 500,000 hungry BBQ-lovers will consume the more than 100 tons of ribs over the extended Labor Day weekend.
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