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The Mystic Lake Casino Hotel World Taco Eating Championship

Location: Prior Lake , MN
Date: 05-05-2017
Winner: Joey Chestnut, with a WR 126 tacos in 8 min!


There is a new World Taco-Eating Record and it is this: 126 tacos in eight minutes. The record was set at the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel World Taco Eating Championship by none other than Joey Chestnut—the #1-ranked eater in the world, the greatest eater of all time, the reigning hot dog eating champion of the world, et al. The feat chalks up world record number 41 for Chestnut, which is a world record of the most number of world records currently held.

For the curious types among you, which is to say all of you, the tacos utilized in sanctioned MLE events are a traditional-style soft taco, comprised of a three-inch tortilla, with beef and pico de gallo. They weigh two ounces a piece.

Let’s do some math then, shall we. Chestnut ate 126 two-ounce tacos in eight minutes. That’s two times 126, which is a lot, which divided by 16 ounces to a pound, is 15.75lb of taco deliciousness in eight minutes, which is just shy of two pounds of taco a minute. So, that’s how science works, okay. America, don’t be shy of a little number work now and then. We can not allow this great republic to backslide into scientific and engineering irrelevance while the likes of Finland (really?) and Estonia ascend the ranks of excellence. We are better than that.

Sorry, let’s get back to the business at hand: American exceptionalism.

Chestnut remarked to MLE officials before the event that he felt confident of winning and besting the previous record of 103 tacos in eight minutes. He was true to his word, exploding at the outset of the contest and never letting a pause break his stride, save for an unfortunate cough at the three-minute mark. He commanded the contest and never let the field enjoy a look in at the top spot. Sudo, Oji and Morgan battled hardest, all logging totals in the 90s, a true reflection of the parity in our league among the top-10 eaters. An error in judging by the contest emcee, who shall remain nameless for his sins, initially failed to count one of Oji’s trays of tacos and announced Sudo as the second-place finisher. He was wrong. It was Oji who ate 97 tacos—not 77 tacos—who finished second. Sudo was classy and understanding in the post-contest demotion from silver to bronze. So too was Adrian Morgan, who descended from third to fourth. The results below are accurate and final.

Gracias a todos at the beautiful Mystic Lake Casino Hotel for a memorable Cinco de Mayo. We can think of no better way to celebrate the Mexican Army's victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla.

FULL RESULTS! 1. Joey Chestnut 126 tacos in 8 min—new WR 2. Gideon Oji 97 3. Miki Sudo 96 4. Adrian Morgan 90 5. Michelle Lesco 77 6. Juan Rodriguez 68 7. Matthew Raible 38 8. Andrew Kogutkiewicz 36 9. John Lawrence 30 10. Mike McFadden 20 11. John Lawrence 18 12. Peter Haugen 13

This contest took place at 7pm on Friday, May 5th, 2017 at The Grand Ballroom at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd NW, Prior Lake, MN 55372!

ABOUT MYSTIC LAKE CASINO HOTEL! Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, the premier gaming facility in the Midwest, continually creates new, fun and exciting entertainment experiences for its guests. Mystic Lake® offers gaming, three lively bars, exceptional dining at seven restaurants, headline performers, unique special events and luxurious accommodations. Located 25 minutes southwest of Minneapolis/St. Paul in Prior Lake.

Visit Mystic Lake in RiverSouth—Land of Big Fun! RiverSouth is a joint public-private collaboration promoting premier entertainment destinations just from Minneapolis. With four of Minnesota’s biggest attractions just four miles apart, there’s fun around every bend. Partners include Canterbury Park, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, Valleyfair, the Renaissance Festival, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, and the cities of Prior Lake and Shakopee.

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