The Bass Pro Shops World MoonPie Eating Championship

Location: Memphis, TN
Date: 10-14-2017
Winner: Matthew Stonie, with 73 MoonPies in 8 min


Matt Stonie made it three wins in a row at this event, by eating 73 MoonPies in eight minutes to claim the 2017 edition of the Bass Pro Shops World MoonPie Eating Championship. Three consecutive victories in an event is commonly referred to a three-peat, a conjunction of the words “three” and “repeat.” If one wins five in a row, and is looking to claim a sixth, you may say that they are looking to “repeat the three-peat.” After that, it gets confusing.

What is not confusing is that Matt Stonie is dominant in the MoonPie discipline. His success in this event—he is undefeated in the event’s lifespan—is no surprise: This is a speed and mouth-power exercise. Stonie’s quick hands and jaw strength were at full display here on this day. A surging Geoffrey Esper, fresh of a dominating win in the Pumpkin Pie discipline, could not catch Stonie. He lead early and never once looked back. Props to new MLE members Ivan Mendoza and Michael Whities for their podium placements; one imagines they will be a force come the 2018 eating season.

Full results below.

FULL RESULTS! 1 – Matthew Stonie – 73 MoonPies in 8 minutes 2 – Geoffrey Esper - 69 3 – Ivan Mendoza - 33.5 4 – Mike Whities - 32.5 5 – Derek Jacobs - 30.5 6 – Matt Hazzard – 29 7 – Brett Healy – 24.5 8 – Nasty Nate Biller – 20 9 – Jeff Armstrong – 17 10 – Matthew Raible – 15 11 – Michael Steele – 13.25

This contest took place at Noon Central on Saturday, October 14th, 2017, at Bass Pro Shops at the Memphis Pyramid, 1 Bass Pro Dr, Memphis, TN 38105!

About Bass Pro Shops® Bass Pro Shops is a leading destination retailer offering outdoor gear and apparel in an immersive setting. Founded in 1972 when avid young angler Johnny Morris began selling tackle out of his father’s liquor store in Springfield, Missouri, today more than 100 retail and marine centers host 120 million people annually. Bass Pro Shops also operates White River Marine Group, offering an unsurpassed collection of industry-leading boat brands, and Big Cedar Lodge, America’s Premier Wilderness Resort. Under the visionary conservation leadership of Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops is known as a national leader in protecting habitat and introducing families to the outdoors and has been named by Forbes as “one of America’s Best Employers.”

About MoonPie Chattanooga Bakery was founded in 1902 as a subsidiary of the Mountain City Flour Mill. A fifth generation, family-owned business, the company made nearly 100 snack cake and cookie items under the Lookout™ trademark, named after the popular residential and tourist community near Chattanooga, Lookout Mountain. In 1917, after a brainstorming conversation between a bakery salesman and some Appalachian coal miners, the MoonPie was born, and by the late 1930’s was the bakery’s #1 seller, a spot it still occupies today, with nearly 1 million MoonPies produced and shipped daily from Chattanooga. MoonPies are available in three sizes (Original, Double-Decker® and Mini) and seven flavors (Chocolate, Vanilla, Banana, Salted Caramel, Lemon, Orange & Strawberry). Brand distribution is national, with particular strength in the Southeast and Southwest. The brand can be found in Grocery, Mass, Club, Drug, Convenience, Vending, Foodservice and a number of specialty retail outlets including Bass Pro Shops and Cracker Barrel.

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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.