Katz's Delicatessen World Pastrami Eating Championship

Date: 06/02/2013
Location: New York, NY
Winner: Joey "Jaws" Chestnut, Katz's Pastrami Sandwiches
Total Prizes: $7,500 total cash purse


Historians agree: The only good thing to happen in 1888 was the opening of Katz's Delicatessen. For the past 125 years, Katz's Delicatessen has served the people of the Lower East Side of Manhattan and the world as an outpost of unwavering quality and supreme deliciousness. Key to Katz's universal success is its peerless, hand-sliced pastrami, a pastrami so divine that it has saved the souls of countless thousands who, before savoring its wonder, had given up on ever finding happiness. Indeed, to bite into a Katz's pastrami sandwich is to know that life is worth living.

And to bite into two, three, four or more Katz's Delicatessen pastrami sandwiches is even better! Which is exactly what the greatest eaters in the world will be doing at the Katz's Delicatessen World Pastrami Eating Championship, to be held on NYC's Lower East Side as part of the DayLife Festival celebrating Katz's Delicatessen's 125th Anniversary.

This 10-minute all-you-can-eat contest pits the greatest pastrami sandwich in the world again the best eaters in the world. It is a battle for the ages. Compete! Witness history! Be thereódon't you ever miss it!

This contest will take place at 2pm Eastern, on Sunday June 2, 2013 at the DayLife Festival celebrating Katz's Delicatessen's 125th Anniversary, on Orchard St. between E. Houston St. and Delancey St., in NYC, NY!


1st - $3,750
2nd - $1,900
3rd - $1,100
4th - $500
5th - $250

Please note: This contest is restricted to participants aged 18 and over.

About DayLife Festival!

The DayLife Festival is a free three-block special event that covers Orchard Street in astroturf and pushcarts, and includes the best in the Lower East Side food and fashion vendors.

The DayLife Festival will celebrate Katzís 125th Anniversary by showcasing period-inspired musical acts, reflecting the days of 1888 when Katzís first opened their doors.

Major League Eating will present the Katz's Delicatessen World Pastrami Eating Championship featuring Katzís iconic dish. After consuming pounds of pastrami, the inaugural winner will be crowned and featured for photo ops on a satellite stage situated within Katzís Delicatessen where the celebration will continue throughout the day and into the night.

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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.