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The 2019 World Championship Canteen Sandwich Eating Contest

Location: Ottumwa, IA
Date: 06-01-2019
Winner: Joey Chestnut, with a WR 28.5 Canteen Sandwiches in 10 Min!


Great news! Major League Eating is proud to announce our return to Ottumwa, IA, for the second installment of the World Championship Canteen Sandwich Eating Contest. Major League Eaters are warmly encouraged to sign up for the chance to compete in this delicious, history-making occasion.

The Canteen sandwich can only be enjoyed at Canteen Lunch in the Alley, which has served its signature loose-meat sandwich since 1927—in 2017, the Canteen Lunch in the Alley won the USA Today’s Readers’ Choice as the #1 place to get a loose meat sandwich across Iowa. At last year’s inaugural Championship, Gideon Oji added to his World Record haul by eating 18.5 Canteen Sandwiches in 10 minutes to set the benchmark in the disciple. Oji’s record will be on the line this coming June.

Do you have what it takes to take down Canteen sandwich after Canteen sandwich over 10 minutes of furious, sanctioned eating? Will you break Oji’s record? Will you fall short but give your all in the effort? Does a perfect early summer afternoon in Ottumwa, IA, call your name? (It should.) If so then sign up today! This is the 2019 World Championship Canteen Sandwich Eating Contest—at the table or in the crowd, don't you ever miss it!

FULL RESULTS! 1. Joey "Jaws" Chestnut – 28.5 2. Gideon "The Truth" Oji – 19 3. Matt "Hungry" Hazzard – 13.75 4. "Magic" Mike Johnson – 10 5. Mark Williams – 9.5 6. Matthew Raible – 8.75 7. Melvyn Randolph – 8 8T. Jordan Tichy- 5 8T. Nicki Wyldes- 5 8T. Shawn Young – 5 11. Russ Argo – 4 12. Alex Nieves – 2 This contest will take place at 1pm Central time on Saturday June 1, 2019, outside Canteen Lunch in the Alley—112 2nd St E, 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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