Western Days Festival World Tamale Eating Championship

Date: 09/28/2013
Location: Lewisville, TX
Winner: Joey Chestnut, with 91 tamales in 10 minutes, Tamales
Total Prizes: $3,500 total cash purse


Joey “Jaws” Chesnut, the top-ranked competitive eater in the world, ate 91 tamales in 10 minutes to win the 9th annual World Tamale Eating Championship in Lewisville, Texas, and retain the title he first won last year.

Tim “Eater X” Janus, a four-time winner of the tamale championship, placed second with a total of 78 tamales. Miki Sudo placed third with 76 tamales, the highest total by a female eater in the history of the event.

“The tamale discipline is among the most difficult in the competitive eating world, requiring significant jaw strength and stomach capacity,” said George Shea, Chairman of Major League Eating. “Watching the event is enough to quicken the pulse and lift the heart of any American who has both.”

The World Tamale Eating Championship was held during the annual Western Days festival in Old Town Lewisville. The event, organized by the Lewisville Convention and Visitors Bureau and officially sanctioned by Major League Eating (MLE), paid a total purse of $3,500 to the top six finishers. Dat’s Good BBQ, a family-owned Lewisville restaurant, provided the traditional hand-made pork tamales for the competition.

Following Sudo in the final results were Jeff Butler of Phoenix (54), Michelle Lesco of Tucson (47) and amateur eater Josh Miller of San Antonio (42). This year's event marked the first time two female eaters have placed in the top six in the event's nine-year history. Sisters, respect.

Wade Peck, a Lewisville parks department employee who won a city employee contest earlier in the week to earn a spot at the table on Saturday, tied for eighth with 29 tamales. It is the highest-ever finish in the world championship for a City champion, and is tied for the ninth-best total ever by a Texas eater.

This year, the 14 competitors combined to eat 562 tamales during the 10-minute contest (an average of 40.1 per person), turning in three of the five best individual results in the history of the event.

This contest took place at 1pm Central, on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at the City Hall Stage at the Lewisville Western Days Festival, 151 W Church Street, Lewisville, TX 75057!

2013 Final Results (10 min.)!
1st 91, Joey Chestnut, San Jose, CA
2nd 78, Tim Janus, New York City, NY
3rd 76, Miki Sudo, Las Vegas, NV
4th 54, Jeff Butler, Phoenix, AZ
5th 47, Michelle Lesco, Tuscon, AZ
6th 42, Josh Miller, San Antonio, TX
7th 36, Nate Biller, Wichita Falls, TX
8th 29, Tony Martinez, Dallas, TX
8th 29, Wade Peck, Lewisville, TX
10th 21, John Harding, Lewisville, TX
11th 18, Alex Perez, Grand Prairie, TX
11th 18, Tony Chacon, Dallas, TX
13th 14, Ray Hernandez, Lewisville, TX
14th 9, Mark Poland, Sherman, TX

About The Western Days Festival In Historic Old Town Lewisville!
The World Tamale Eating Championship* is a highlight of the annual Western Days Festival in historic Old Town Lewisville, TX. This MLE-sanctioned competition is organized by the Lewisville Convention and Visitors Bureau; Dat's Good BBQ is the official provider of contest tamales at the World Tamale Eating Championship. Past champions of this 12-minute consumption marathon include Tim “Eater X” Janus, Sonya Thomas, and current world record holder Joey Chestnut. Other festival events include live music, car and boat shows, 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.