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The World-Famous St. Elmo Shrimp Cocktail Eating Championship – At Big Ten Tailgate Town

Location: Indianapolis, IN
Date: 12-02-2023
Winner: Geoff Esper, with 16lb 11.2oz in 8 mins


  1. Geoff Esper - 16lb 11.2oz
  2. Joey Chestnut - 16 lb
  3. James Webb - 15 lb
  4. Miki Sudo - 12lb 12.8oz
  5. Nick Wehry - 11lb 8oz
  6. Mr Deitz - 5lb
  7. Mark Enstrom - 4lb 8oz
  8. Alex Perez - 2lb 6.4oz


Hold the front page and stop the presses! Major League Eating is abuzz with excitement as we announce the highly anticipated tenth annual sensation: The World-Famous St. Elmo Shrimp Cocktail Eating Championship – At Big Ten Tailgate Town, located in the vibrant epicenter of downtown Indianapolis, IN. We extend a hearty invitation to Major League Eaters everywhere to participate in this momentous occasion.

Honoring tradition, our esteemed contest will unfold just before the Big Ten Football Championship game. Those present will be treated to the gastronomic delight that is the World-Famous St. Elmo Shrimp Cocktail, where the freshest of seafood encounters the fiery bravado of St. Elmo’s legendary, horseradish-infused cocktail sauce. This isn’t just food; it’s an experience!

The 2022 Championship was a history-making event, witnessing Geoff Esper rise as a veritable juggernaut, ending Joey Chestnut's eight-year reign. Esper set a staggering new standard, consuming 16lb 6.4oz of World-Famous St. Elmo Shrimp Cocktail in eight minutes. Not far behind was Miki Sudo, showcasing incredible prowess with 14lb 14.4oz. Nick Wehry held his own at 11lb, while the long-time champion Joey Chestnut, facing a surprising turn of events, came in fourth at 10lb 9.6oz. While other contenders didn’t reach the top ranks, their heart and dedication contributed to an unforgettable event full of camaraderie and competitive spirit.

Now, the question on everyone’s lips: Will 2023 be the year of an epic comeback for Chestnut, or has Esper cemented his new legacy? Are you ready to witness potential history in the making? Perhaps you aspire to upset the standings yourself?

The stage is set, the stakes have never been higher, and glory awaits at The World-Famous St. Elmo Shrimp Cocktail Eating Championship – At Big Ten Tailgate Town! Whether you're behind the table or rallying in the crowd, make sure you’re part of this landmark event. The world is watching!

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

This contest took place at 3pm EST on Saturday, December 2nd, 2023, at the Big Ten Tailgate Town 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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