Major League Eating is a proud supporter of Feeding AmericaDonate Now

Niko Niko's World Gyro Eating Championship

Location: Houston, TX
Date: 05-15-2016
Winner: Joey Chestnut, with a WR 30 Niko Niko's Gyros in 10 mins!


The Great One—Joey "Jaws" Chestnut—ate 30 8oz Niko Niko's gyros in 10 minutes on Sunday May 15th, 2016, at the Niko Niko's World Gyro Eating Championship. In doing so he set a new World Record in the discipline, but more importantly, he reminded himself how it feels to beat Matthew "The Megaton" Stonie, the #1-ranked eater in the world. Stonie would finish with 28.5, mark that would have improved upon his own existing record if it were not for Chestnut.

In post-contest comments on the social media platform Twitter, Chestnut remarked: "Back in the saddle again. A great contest in Houston. Thank you @MattStonie you really push me to work." Confident, gracious, polite—the Chestnut of 2016 does not beat his chest and crow a perhaps he once would have. No. He has learned valuable lessons the only way any of us learn—the hard way. The last time he beat Stonie was November 22, 2014, in the whole turkey discipline at Foxwoods in Connecticut. A long time. Too long for Chestnut. He needed this. He got this. And a new World Record to boot.

The King has returned to lay claim to the throne. Stonie vows never to relinquish it. There will be more battles to come. There will never be peace.

RESULTS! 1 Joey Chestnut, 30 Niko Niko's Gyros in 10 min, a new World Record 2 Matt Stonie, 28.5 3 TIE Miki Sudo and Geoffrey Esper, 18 5 Adrian Morgan, 16.5 6 Michelle Lesco, 13.5

This contest* took at 2pm Central on Sunday, May 15th, 2016, at the Houston Greek Fest, 1100 Eldridge Parkway, Houston, TX 77077.

About Niko Niko's Greek & American Café and the 2016 Houston Greek Fest! Niko Niko's Greek & American Café has been a Houston tradition for over 35 years. With multiple locations in the city, Niko Niko's newest location serves the Memorial City area and is located at the corner of Katy Freeway and the Sam Houston Tollway. The first location remains on the same property it opened it's initial walk-up stand on in May of 1977. Regularly voted "Best Greek Restaurant" in Houston, Niko Niko's and owner, Dimitri Fetokakis, were featured on the Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives in 2009. The Niko Niko's World Gyro Eating Championship is part of Houston Greek Fest. Fetokakis and his family have been long time supporters of the festival and the church. Celebrating its 21st year in 2016, Houston Greek Fest is a four-day event featuring homemade Greek food & deserts, Greek beer & wine, Greek folks dancing, Greek shops, vendor booths, children's food, and a large children's play area. For more information, visit and

For information on Houston Greek Fest, visit

For information on Niko Niko's Greek & American Café, visit

Follow Niko Niko's on Twitter @NikoNikosGreek

Follow Niko Niko's on Instagram @NikoNikosGreek

Become a fan of the Houston Greek Fest Facebook Page.

Become a fan of the Niko Niko's Greek & American Café Facebook Page.

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.

© 2021, Major League Eating · International Federation of Competitive Eating, Inc.
560 Fifth Avenue, 4th Floor · New York, NY 10036