STONIE RECLAIMS GYOZA TITLE!
Winning is a habit. Which is why Matt Stonie likely feels relief at being top of the podium after eating 323 Day-Lee Foods Gyoza in 10 minutes to claim the 2016 World Gyoza Eating Championship. It was Stonie's first MLE win since May and he will doubtless use it as a pivot point moving forward. How the rest of the 2016 season fares for the young man from San Jose is up to him and God.
Stonie entered the event as the hot favorite, of course, with his nemesis/buddy Joey Chestnut back home up north competing in the World taco Championships on the same day. Do not think for a moment, however, that Stonie's win deserves an asterix for Chestnut's absence. Stonie's performance in this event was complete, perfect and dominant. The job of a top-ranked eater is to win, no matter the challenges or challengers. Stonie rose to meet all comers with his trademark speed and strength.
Geoffrey Esper continued his impressive 2016 with 243 Day-Lee Foods gyoza on debut at the event. He will no doubt return to the event in 2017 with 243 pieces of insight upon which to improve. Miki Sudo finished third with 229. All eaters performed admirably; full results are below.
FULL RESULTS! 1 Matt Stonie, 323 Day-Lee Foods Gyoza in 10 min 2 Geoffrey Esper 243 3 Miki Sudo 229 4 Gideon Oji 183 5 Juan Rodriguez 181 6 Rich LeFevre 168 7 Pablo Martinez 127 8 Badlands Booker 116 9 Carlene LeFevre 80 10 Doug Ecks 72 11 Mary Bowers 65 12 Kentaro Shimizu 63 13 Lesley Ryder 50
This contest took place at 2pm Pacific, on Saturday August 20th, 2016, 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! Celebrating 10 years and over 17,000 gyoza consumed, the Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship is proud to welcome Major League Eating’s best back to the Nisei Week! The Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship will take place during the second weekend of the 76th 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. Day-Lee Foods, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of NH Foods Ltd. NH Foods Ltd. has been delivering quality meat products to the food service and general consumer markets for more than 50 years. Their products are available at grocers nationwide under the Day-Lee Pride and Crazy Cuizine Brands.
The Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship will take place during the Nisei Week Plaza Fest at the JACCC. The Plaza Fest will include food and vendor booths and the return of the Nisei Week Beer Garden. Preceding the Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship on the main stage will be the Nisei Week Rubik’s Cube Open, where competitors will attempt to break the world record Rubik’s Cube solve of 4.90 seconds. Event entry is free to the public, but seating will be limited.
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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.