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The World-Famous St. Elmo Shrimp Cocktail Eating Championship – At The Big Ten Tailgate Party Presented By Meijer

Location: Indianapolis, IN
Date: 12-03-2022
Winner: Geoff Esper, with 16lb 6.4oz in 8 mins


Full Results

  1. Geoff Esper 16lb 6.4oz in 8 mins

  2. Miki Sudo 14lb 14.4oz

  3. Nick Wehry 11lb

  4. Joey Chestnut 10lb 9.6oz

  5. Derek Jacobs 6lb

  6. Matthew Raible 4lb 8oz

  7. Holly Titus 2lb 8oz

Great news, unless you are a shrimp! Major League Eating is proud to announce the coming of the ninth annual installment of The World-Famous St. Elmo Shrimp Cocktail Eating Championship – At The Big Ten Tailgate Party Presented By Meijer in downtown Indianapolis, IN. Major League Eaters are warmly encouraged to sign up for the chance to compete.

As is tradition, the event will take place before the Big Ten Football Championship game. It will showcase the majestic World-Famous St. Elmo Shrimp Cocktail—a delicious meeting of peerless seafood and St. Elmo’s signature spicy, horseradish-forward cocktail sauce. It is the best.

At the 2018 Championship, Joey Chestnut—the #1-ranked eater in the world, like you don’t know—set a Shrimp Cocktail-eating World Record by consuming 18lbs, 9.6oz of World-Famous St. Elmo Shrimp Cocktail in just eight minutes. He remains undefeated at the event since its inception and is set to defend his title again this year. At last year’s championship, he ate 17lb 1.6oz. Geoff Esper (14lb 4.8oz) came second; Miki Sudo (11lb) finished third. Others ate less but everyone had a great time.

Do you wish to challenge the great Joey Chestnut? Do you dare chow down with the greatest eaters in the world? Do you simply want to watch elite sport? This is The World-Famous St. Elmo Shrimp Cocktail Eating Championship – At The Big Ten Tailgate Party Presented By Meijer! At the table or in the crowd—don't you ever miss it!

$3,000 TOTAL PRIZE PURSE! 1st $1,500 2nd $750 3rd $400 4th $200 5th $100 6th $50

This contest will take place at 3pm on Saturday, December 3, 2022, at The Big Ten Tailgate Party Presented By Meijer on Georgia Street in downtown Indianapolis!

About Huse Culinary Huse Culinary is an upscale restaurant and retail food group based in Indianapolis. They currently own and operate six restaurants and four restaurant brands, including the iconic St. Elmo Steak House, 1933 Lounge by St. Elmo, Harry & Izzy’s and The HC Tavern + Kitchen. Since 1902, Huse Culinary’s flagship restaurant St. Elmo Steak House has offered guests perfectly aged steaks, tender pork chops, superb guest service and its world-famous St. Elmo Shrimp Cocktail®. For many first-time, unsuspecting guests who order the notorious sinus-clearing dish, the “head rush” of horseradish is an unforgettable experience. Additionally, St. Elmo Steak House Online Store offers retail sauces, condiments, and adult beverages sold at major retailers throughout the U.S. For more information, visit

About Indiana Sports Corp Founded in 1979 as the nation’s first sports commission, Indiana Sports Corp is a not-for-profit organization focused on bringing premier sporting events to Indiana to drive economic vitality, facilitate a vibrant community with civic pride and garner positive media attention. Because of this, Indiana Sports Corp is able to provide positive, sports-related opportunities for youth in the community. For more information, please visit

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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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