MLE World Gyoza Eating Championship

Date: 08/19/2006
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Winner: Joey Chestnut, Gyoza
Total Prizes: $5000

Recap fears no food in its search for the finest athletes in the country. A new record was set in Los Angeles on August 19th, and Joey Chestnut gained yet another title.

After a gripping battle with Sonya Thomas, Chestnut won out in the end, beating the Black Widow by two mere dumplings. Rich LeFevre took third place, and Hall Hunt finished in the money for fourth.

Joey Chestnut 212 gyoza
Sonya Thomas 210 gyoza
Rich LeFevre 162 gyoza
Hall Hunt 107 gyoza

This contest was held in conjunction with Nisei Week, a Japanese cultural festival that began in Little Tokyo 71 years ago to lift spirits during the Great Depression.

Trivia: Nisei are second generation Japanese-Americans.