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The 2019 Pacific Park World Taco Eating Championship

Location: Santa Monica, CA
Date: 10-04-2019
Winner: Joey Chestnut, with a WR 82 carnitas tacos in 8 min!


There is no better way to celebrate National Taco Day than by bearing witness to or competing in The 2019 Pacific Park World Taco Eating Championship. Major League Eaters are warmly encouraged to sign up for the chance to compete in this annual salute to the mighty Los Angeles Street-Style Carnitas Taco tradition. Those unsuited to the physical and moral rigors of competitive eating are warmly encouraged to attend. It’s tacos. On National Taco Day. At Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier.

At last year’s inaugural event, Joey Chestnut—the #1-ranked eater in the world, like you don’t know—demolished 62 Los Angeles Street-Style Carnitas Tacos to take the title and set a world record in the discipline in the process.

Do you dare challenge the great Chestnut? Do you fancy yourself as the Carnitas Taco Eating Champion of the World? Would you secretly be happy with third place but present yourself as someone for whom only first matters? Do you simply want to watch the best in the world do what they do so well? This is The 2019 Pacific Park World Taco Eating Championship—at the table or in the crowd, don’t you ever miss it!

FULL RESULTS! 1 Joey Chestnut 82 in 8 mins 2 Miki Sudo 69.5 3 Gideon Oji and Nick Wehry 69 5 Michelle Lesco 47 6 Sergio Reyes Raya 24 7 Dr Fantastic Monte Cook 16 8 Mary Bowers 15 9 Cory Hayashi 14 10 Jason Krause 12

This contest took place at 11am local time on National Taco Day—FRIDAY October 4, 2019, at the Pacific Park, 380 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401!

About Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier, LA’s only admission free amusement park, offers 12 amusement rides, 14 midway games, an oceanfront food plaza and beachside shopping. In addition to the Pacific Wheel solar-powered Ferris wheel, Pacific Park’s signature rides include The West Coaster, a steel roller coaster that races 55 feet above the Santa Monica Bay; and Inkie’s Air Lift Balloon Ride, the high-flying, family-sharing kids’ ride. For additional information and hours of operation, call 310-260-8744, visit, follow on Instagram and Twitter: @pacpark and Like at Facebook:

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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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