ESPER HANGS ON WITH THE CLOSEST TAMALE BOUT YET!
- Geoff Esper 80 Tamales in 10 minutes
- James Webb 79
- Miki Sudo 66.25
- Derek Hendrickson 51
- Michelle Lesco 37.5
- Greg Wilson 34
- Albert Bravo 25.5 8T. Nate Biller 22.5 8T. Zach Pappert 22.5
- Sergio Reyes Raya 21
- Jocelyn Young 18
- Sean Pappert DQ
Tamales, people! So many tamales! Delicious Padrino Foods tamales! The best in the world! 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 2023 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 legendary event.
At last year’s event, Derek Hendrickson had an upset win with 50 tamales in 10 minutes. This marked the first championship win for this young competitor. However, is revenge on the menu? Does the league smell blood in the water? Or will Mr. Hendrickson prove he was born to eat tamales?
Will it be you who sets a new record in the tamale discipline? Will you eat less but be okay with that knowing you gave your all in the effort? Do you simply want to see the best in the world do what they do? 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!
$4,500 TOTAL PRIZE PURSE! 1st: $1,750 2nd: $1,000 3rd: $750 4th: $500 5th: $350 6th: $150
This contest will take place at Noon CST on Saturday, September 30th, 2023, 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 Derek Hendrickson, 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, a classic car show, 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.