ESPER DISPLAYS TAMALE DOMINANCE!
Major League Eating is proud to announce the return of The Padrino Foods World Tamale Eating Championship Presented By Market Street at the Western Days Festival to our 2021 slate of sanctioned eating contests. Major League Eaters are warmly encouraged to sign up for the chance to once more journey to Lewisville, TX, to compete in this true stalwart of the MLE calendar. If you’ve never done Tamales—CAP T Tamales—are you truly a Major League Eater?
At last year’s event, Joey Chestnut—the #1-ranked eater in the world—ate 93 2oz tamales in 10 minutes for the win. The effort was but two 2oz tamales shy of the world record in the discipline, set by Geoff Esper in 2019. Esper’s record of 95 will be on the line this year. With live, in-person crowds set to return to cheer eaters ever forward this year, this record is in grave danger of falling.
Will it be you who sets a new high-water mark in the tamale discipline? Will you eat less, maybe a little less, maybe a lot less, but give your all knowing that the pursuit of excellence is perhaps as important as excellence itself? Do you simply want to see the best in the world do what they do so well? This is The Padrino Foods World Tamale Eating Championship Presented By Market Street at the legendary Western Days Festival! At the table or in the crowd—don't you ever miss it!
FULL RESULTS! 1st Geoffrey Esper, 86 2nd Miki Sudo, 76.5 3rd Steve Hammond, 54 4th Adrian Morgan, 53 5th TIE Gordon Hazzard and Bartley Weaver, 52 7th Michelle Lesco, 43 8th Michael Whities, 29 9th Wade "Thundergut" Peck, 25.5 10th Sophia DeVita, 24.5 11th Nate Biller, 24 12th Katie Prettyman, 21 13th Sergio Reyes Raya, 20.5 14th Jocelyn Walker, 17.5 15th Kathryn Tesch, 12.5
This contest took place on the steps of City Hall—151 W Church St—at high noon, Texas time, on Saturday, September 25th, 2021, in beautiful downtown Lewisville, TX, as part of the Western Days Festival!
About The Western Days Festival In Historic Old Town Lewisville! The Padrino Foods World Tamale Eating Championship Presented By Market Street* is a highlight of the annual Western Days Festival in historic Old Town Lewisville, TX. The Lewisville Convention and Visitors Bureau organize this MLE-sanctioned competition. Padrino Foods is the official provider of contest tamales at the World Tamale Eating Championship. Past champions of this event include Geoffrey Esper, Darron Breeden, Adrian "The Rabbit" Morgan, Tim “Eater X” Janus, Sonya Thomas, Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo. Other festival events include live music, the Cattle Drive Parade featuring a herd of 20 longhorn cattle, an art exhibit, children’s activities and more.
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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.