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The Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship

Location: Los Angeles, CA
Date: 08-26-2017
Winner: Joey Chestnut, with 377 Day-Lee Foods Gyoza in 10 minutes


Joey Chestnut won the 2017 edition of the Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship with a trademark display of powerhouse eating. He was relentless, fast and brutal. It was not pretty. It was beautiful. Like Rothko’s Four Seasons murals or Shostakovich’s darker works. Symphony Number 14 in G Minor comes to mind. His final tally of 377 Day-Lee Foods Gyoza in 10 minutes was just seven shy of his world record mark. The next highest finisher, Geoffrey Esper, would land 60 gyoza behind Chestnut. It is hard to remember as dominant a performance at this event because there has not been a performance as dominant. It was Chestnut’s day.

Which is to take nothing away from Esper. His 2017 continues its extraordinary run; consider that he ate 243 Day-Lee Foods Gyoza in 10 minutes last year and 317 this year. The Esper arrow points up. Matthew Stonie, attempting his third straight win this event, would finish third with 291. He will be disappointed with his placing and his total. Darron Breeden set a rookie record with 250, while Miki Sudo—who had never finished lower or higher than third in this event—would have to settle for fifth. Others ate less and placed accordingly.

Full results below.

FULL RESULTS! 1 Joey Chestnut 377 Day-Lee Foods gyoza in 10 minutes 2 Geoffrey Esper 317 3 Matt Stonie 291 4 Darron Breeden 250 5 Miki Sudo 200 6 Michelle Lesco 176 7 Juan Rodriguez 173 8 Rich LeFevre 167 9 Steve Hendry and Badlands Booker 127 11 Jon Bello 116 12 Sarah Reinecke 85 13 Doug Ecks 77 14 Pablo Martinez 75 15 Mrs Carlene LeFevre 66 16 Aaron Stroope 58 17 Mary Bowers 34

This contest took place at 2.30pm Pacific, on Saturday August 26th, 2017, 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 11 years and over 19,000 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 77th 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. Event entry is free to the public, but seating will be limited.

CLICK HERE for more information on the 2017 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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