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The World Famous St. Elmo Shrimp Cocktail Eating Championship–At The Meijer Tailgate Party on Georgia Street

Location: Indianapolis, IN
Date: 12-02-2017
Winner: Joey Chestnut, with 10lb 6.4oz in 8 minutes!


Joey Chestnut—#1-ranked eater in the world, greatest eater of all-time, Californian, self-described "goofy" guy—made it five wins in a row at the 2017 installment of the World Famous St. Elmo Shrimp Cocktail Eating Championship–At The Meijer Tailgate Party on Georgia Street. He ate 10lb, 6.4oz of St Elmo shrimp cocktail in eight minutes to remain undefeated at the event. He lead early and did not look back. He has mastered the St Elmo shrimp cocktail as he has mastered other disciplines. One day someone may well eat more St Elmo shrimp cocktail than Joey Chestnut but that day was not today.

The podium followed in rank order: Oji second with eight pounds, Jacobs third with 5lb, 1.6oz and Conti fourth with 4lb, 9.6oz, plus another solid showing from MLE newcomer Ivan Mendoza for fifth with 4lb, 3.2oz. Mendoza ate in a body-hugging lycra cycling that left little to the imagination. It is a good thing he is 20 years old. May he enjoy the bloom of youth. Sing while you have more of a future than a past, Ivan Mendoza. Time wins before you ever knew you were in a fight. Time remains undefeated.

The event, as is tradition, took place before the annual Big 10 Conference Championship football game between Ohio State University and the University of Wisconsin, a game that would be won by Ohio State on the back of big first-half offensive plays. Major League Eating congratulates coach Urban Meyer and the Ohio State University on this achievement.

Ain't like eating over 10 pounds of St Elmo shrimp cocktail in eight minutes, though. Just saying.

FULL RESULTS! 1. Joey Chestnut 10lb 6.4oz in 8 minutes 2. Gideon Oji 8lb 3. Derek Jacobs 5lb 1.6oz 4. Crazy Legs Conti 4lb 9.6oz 5. Ivan Mendoza 4lb 3.2oz 6. Matthew Raible and Michael Deitz 4lb 8. Andrew Kogutkiewicz 3lb 6.4oz 9. Bryan Big Sexy Beard 2lb 6.4oz

This contest took place at 3pm ET on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at The Meijer Tailgate Party on Georgia Street in downtown Indianapolis!

About St. Elmo Steak House! From St. Elmo Steak House to homes around the globe, the restaurant's world-famous, sinus-clearing shrimp cocktail sauce is available in 12 ounce bottles. Known for making grown men cry, the potent, horseradish-laden concoction was deemed the world's spiciest food by a Travel Channel writer, beating out other hotspots. The sauce that guests have come to know and love is available in more than 400 retail locations, St. Elmo Steak House, companion restaurant Harry & Izzy's or online at

About The Big Ten Football Championship Game! The seventh annual Big Ten Football Championship Game will be played on Saturday, December 2 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. The winner of the East and West Divisions will meet in the Big Ten Football Championship Game, with the victor earning the Big Ten Championship. Penn State won the 2016 championship game before more than 60,000 fans. Indianapolis has hosted each Big Ten Football Championship Game since its inception in 2011 and is slated as the host through at least 2021.

About Indiana Sports Corp! Indiana Sports Corp’s mission is to create positive impact by hosting world-class sporting events that enhance vibrancy in the community, build civic pride, drive economic impact and media exposure, and encourage opportunities for youth. A not-for-profit organization, Indiana Sports Corp was founded in 1979 as the nation’s first sports commission. Our upcoming schedule of events includes Big Ten Football Championship Games through 2021, 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball First and Second Rounds, 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Swimming Championships, Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament, and much more. For more information, visit

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