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The 2018 Pacific Park World Taco Eating Championship

Location: Santa Monica, CA
Date: 10-04-2018
Winner: Joey Chestnut, with a WR 62 Street-Style Carnitas Tacos in 8 min!


History was made at The 2018 Pacific Park World Taco Eating Championship and it smelled and tasted delicious. For it smelled and tasted like the 62 Los Angeles Street-Style Carnitas Tacos devoured by one Joey Chestnut over eight minutes of sanctioned competition. The result marked World Record number 45 for the Great One. The result is forever etched into the history books and into the lives of those who were on hand to witness it.

It was not easy. In keeping with Los Angeles Street-Style Carnitas Taco tradition, these tacos were served on two small corn tortillas, tasty roasted pork piled high and garnished with a zingtastic* salsa verde and cilantro, which some parts of the English-speaking world call coriander. Learn something new every day, huh. The double tortilla presented a pressing challenge to all contestants on this day. It would take concerted effort and teeth discipline to prevail.

And so Chestnut did. Bite after bit in relentless pursuit of victory. He would trail Gideon Oji by half a taco at the conclusion of Oji’s first tray. He would take the lead shortly after, settling into his trademark rhythm and never relinquishing command for the remainder of the event. Oji would have to settle for second, after consuming 52 tacos. Congratulations to Adrian Morgan, who finished third with a confident 40. Miki Sudo (37), Erik Denmark (32.5) and the man they call Taran Eckel (32) would round out the money positions. Others ate less. Some were DQ’d, but let’s not dwell on that. Let us appreciate greatness. It is an honor to witness it.

Full results below.

FULL RESULTS! 1. Joey Chestnut 62 Street-Style Carnitas Tacos in 8 min! 2. Gideon Oji 52 3. Adrian Morgan 40 4. Miki Sudo 37 5. Erik Denmark 32.5 6. Taran Eckel 32 7. Nathan Klocke 17 8. Mary Bowers 14 9. Casey Lin 10 10. Stewart Lopez 6 DQs for Marco Gutierrez and Mikey McDonigal

  • Zingtastic—a terrible expression or one worth keeping around? It’s hard to tell. I’m on the fence about it, if I am being honest. It’s evocative, sure, but it grates. It describes the salsa verde in this instance truly but it lacks authority and ballast. In the public interest, it is published here without fear or regret.

This contest took place at 4pm local time on National Taco Day—THURSDAY October 4, 2018, at Pacific Park, 380 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401!

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