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The 2018 World Championship Canteen Sandwich Eating Contest

Location: Ottumwa, IA
Date: 06-02-2018
Winner: Gideon Oji with a World Record 18.5 Canteen Sandwiches in 10 min!


Your 2018 just got even more delicious. Major League Eating is proud to announce a new addition to our annual slate of sanctioned eating championships for 2018. Step forth, the Canteen In the Alley Canteen sandwich, and take a bow. You are perfect.

The 2018 World Championship Canteen Sandwich Eating Contest is brought to you by the good people at the Greater Ottumwa Convention and Visitors Bureau and highlights the signature food item of that great city's most venerable eating institution. The Canteen sandwich can only be enjoyed at Canteen in the Alley, which has served its signature loose-meat sandwich since 1927—in 2017, the Canteen in the Alley won the USA Today’s Readers’ Choice as the #1 place to get a loose meat sandwich across Iowa. Major League Eaters from near and far are warmly encouraged to sign up for the chance to compete in this landmark championship.

Do you have what it takes to take down Canteen sandwich after Canteen sandwich over 10 minutes of furious, sanctioned eating? Will it be you and you alone who will earn the right to call thyself the inaugural Canteen sandwich eating champion? Does Ottumwa, IA, call your name? If so then sign up today! ThIs is the 2018 World Championship Canteen Sandwich Eating Contest—at the table or in the crowd, don't you ever miss it!

FULL RESULTS! 1st Gideon Oji - 18.5 sandwiches in 10 mins 2nd Juan Neave - 16 3rd Juan Rodriguez - 15 4th Local hero Mike Johnson - 11.5 5th Mark Williams and Sarah Reinecke - 10.5 7th Matthew Raible - 8.5 8th Andrew Kogutkiewicz - 7 9th Tanner Varner - 5 10th Michelle Severino - 4 11th Douglas Boyd & Michael Blue - 3.5 13th Robert Sledge - 2

This contest took place at 1pm Central time on Saturday June 2, 2018, in the leafy paradise that is Central Park, West 4th St, Ottumwa, IA 52501!

ABOUT CANTEEN LUNCH IN THE ALLEY! In 1927, a five-stool restaurant serving loose-meat sandwiches and homemade pies opened in Ottumwa, IA. Canteen Lunch in the Alley has become a fixture of the town. Located in a historic building on an alley lot, the charm, history, and delicious food draw visitors from all over Iowa and beyond. The tradition of getting lunch at “The Canteen” has become a staple in Ottumwa culture now and for future generations.

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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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