Competitive Eating

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    May 26, 2014

    Watch the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest at Busch in All Its Disgusting Glory

    It's Memorial Day, so we (and probably you guys, too) are going to be eating more than our fair share of delicious, all-American hot dogs (which were first introduced right here in St. Louis in 1904, no less). Naturally, America is all about bigger and better, so the gluttonous Nathan's Hot Dog Eati ... More >>

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    May 26, 2014

    Happy Memorial Day From Gut Check

    Happy Memorial Day, Gut Checkers! We hope you're enjoying your day off as much as we are. The pools are open, the beer is cold and summer is here. We won't be posting today, but we'll be back to our regularly scheduled programming tomorrow. In the meantime, be sure to watch our video from last weeke ... More >>

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    May 19, 2014

    Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest at Busch Stadium Declares a Winner

    The Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest is iconic, just like its titular dog and its birthplace, Coney Island. But instead of a delicious wiener after a day on the boardwalk, hot dog eating is serious business. The annual contest, which began in 1916, takes place on Coney Island on the Fourth of ... More >>

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    February 3, 2014

    St. Louis Pancake Bowl: A Champion is Crowned at St. Peters IHOP Location

    Forget wings -- for some this Super Bowl weekend, it was all about pancakes. On Saturday, competitive eaters gathered at International House of Pancakes locations around the country for the first ever Pancake Bowl. St. Louis was no exception. An eclectic crowd of men -- some bearded, some wearing c ... More >>

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    July 4, 2013
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    June 13, 2013
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    May 31, 2013

    Gut Check to Battle "Mouth of the South" Dale Boone Saturday in T Mo's Fried Taco Eating Contest

    Todd Morales grew up eating his Mexican grandmother's fried tacos at home. Two years ago he opened T Mo's Tacos (the name comes from Morales' childhood nickname), a taco stand in Bethalto, Illinois. On Saturday he'll be laying down the taco hammer with a professionally sanctioned fried taco eating ... More >>

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    August 16, 2012
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    July 5, 2011

    Competitive Eating Proves More Interesting Than Tennis, NASCAR

    On Monday, Joey Chestnut won his fifth Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest by cramming 62 hot dogs down his gullet in a gut-wrenching ten minutes. A weekend poll of ESPN viewers shows that more people were interested in the hot dog eating contest (27 percent) than t ... More >>

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    April 14, 2011

    Tater Tot Eating Competition to Rock Bar Louie Next Thursday

    Imagine taking down more than four pounds of these babies -- in six minutes.​We've heard about all-you-can-eat hot-dog competitions. And all-you-can-eat pie contests. We were even aware, in some deep recess of our brain, that there's an International Federation of Competitive Eating to regulate so ... More >>

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    December 29, 2010

    Gut Check's Favorite Local Story of 2010: The Malt Imposter

    Crown Candy Kitchen, site of our favorite local story of the year​Gut Check has a long-standing dislike of eating competitions and challenges, but even we had to admit shock and a certain grudging admiration when we first heard what happened at Crown Candy Kitchen in May.A man named Kevin Ross und ... More >>

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    August 6, 2010

    Competitive Eating = Athletics?

    Competitive eating might have athletic merit. Why else would participants be so skinny? Or able to invade the stage during a contest? A BBC report looks at the tricks and politics of competitive eating.County officials shut down a small food business in Portland, Oregon, for lacking a business licen ... More >>

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    June 29, 2010

    More Reasons to Hate Competitve Eating: No Vuvuzelas Allowed

    Image viaWhat you won't see at this weekend's hot dog-eating contest.​Longtime readers know that Gut Check feels nothing but spite toward competitive eating, but this story we could not ignore.From the blog BK Southie, via Eater, comes shocking news about this weekend's annual Nathan's Famous July ... More >>

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    May 14, 2010

    Punching Kitty KO's Competitive-Eating Impersonator

    ​Our friends at Punching Kitty scored the food-news scoop of the week: A competitive eater who obliterated the famed malt challenge at St. Louis institution Crown Candy Kitchen is not who he claimed to be.KSDK broke the original story: A man from San Bernadino, California, named Kevin Ross had def ... More >>

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    June 15, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 6.15

    The woman in the mobility scooter vs. the White Castle drive-thru. (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)How could the Aussies make Vegemite even more disgusting? How about introducing a version with cream cheese blended into the protein spread? (BBC News)Gut Check lifts its ban on eating contests to note the w ... More >>

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    May 4, 2009

    Eating Contest: Kobayashi vs. a Kodiak Bear (Really)

    Though Gut Check has a general distaste for competitive eating, the breathless commentary on this YouTube clip is too entertaining to ignore.

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    November 21, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 11.21

    Man, A-B's rough year continues. Bud Light is no longer the world's best-selling beer. Meet Snow. (Guardian) Going to the U.K.? Order your meat well-done. British meat inspectors vote to strike! (Guardian) Another death in an eating competition, albeit a decidedly amateur one. Amateur competition, ... More >>

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    October 27, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 10.27

    Could the potato be the key to providing food aid around the world? (New York Times) In light of the melamine-tainted milk scandal, the government of China promises tougher standards for food safety. (AP) Seriously, folks: Stop the eating contests before someone else dies. (AP) - Ian Froeb

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    August 19, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 8.19

    The Department of Justice wants more info on InBev's planned takeover of Anheuser-Busch. (AFP) Controversy about potential grape-mixing in another Italian wine, vino nobile di Montepulciano. (Chicago Tribune) God help us all: The Food Network is working on a show described as a cross between eatin ... More >>

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    July 16, 2008

    Is St. Louis the New Brussels?

    Or is Brussels the old St. Louis?

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    July 7, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 7.7

    Could fresh salsa be the culprit of the salmonella outbreak? (ABC News) InBev might try to oust the board of Anheuser-Busch. (AP) Japan pledges $50 million in food aid. (AFP) Joey Chestnut wins the Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest for the second year in a row. No one died. Godot did not ret ... More >>

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    July 3, 2008

    The Obligatory Post in Which Gut Check Expresses Its Disdain for the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest

    Tomorrow, besides being America's Canada Day, is the Super Bowl of competitive eating, Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. Will Joey Chestnut defend his title? Will Takeru Kobayashi recover from last year's jaw injury to reclaim the title? Was he grandfathered into this year's competition? Will ... More >>

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    June 24, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 6.24

    Wilbur Hardee, founder of Hardee's, has died. (AP) Some of the fun ways salmonella can end up in your tomatoes and other produce. (AP) Finally, an eating contest Gut Check can support: The nettle-eating championships. ( -Ian Froeb

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    April 29, 2008

    Competitive Eating as an Olympic Sport?

    Gut Check has made its feelings on competitive eating very clear. But don't let anyone ever accuse us of not giving both sides of the story. (And he does have a point about curling.) Via Deadspin: -Ian Froeb

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    April 17, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 4.17

    As expected, U.S. consumer costs rose in March, due in part to rising food costs. (Bloomberg) The USDA might not support more information about who receives recalled meat. (Press-Enterprise) A federal judge upholds the New York City law requiring chain restaurants to post calorie counts. (New York ... More >>

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    February 8, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 2.8

    Tensions between China and Japan over contaminated frozen dumplings have eased somewhat. (Time) Researchers believe pre-chewing food may transmit HIV from infected adults to babies. (New York Times) A video game based on the competitive-eating circuit is in the works. Even if I didn't hate eating ... More >>

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    December 20, 2007
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    December 14, 2007

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 12/14 Have we really given Charlie, the pie-eating dog, the credit he deserves? Have any of us ever tried to disrupt an eating contest? Doubtful. Time and again we've turned our backs on these disgusting displays of soulless gorging, content with the knowledge that at least we understand t ... More >>

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    December 13, 2007

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 12/13 My friends, I'd like you to meet my new hero. Pictured at right is Charlie, a bichon frese who single-handedly derailed the annual world pie-eating championship in Wigan, Great Britain. It seems Charlie dragged the pie crusts out of a refrigerator. (Lancashire Evening Post) Sadly, i ... More >>

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    October 31, 2007

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 10/31

    Happy Halloween from Franklin, Gut Check's official black cat. China enacts a new law to improve food standards. (BBC News) And -- sigh -- Joey Chestnut, the winner of this year's Nathan's hot-dog-eating contest, strikes again, downing 103 hamburgers in eight minutes. (AP) -Ian Froeb

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    October 3, 2007
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    October 2, 2007