The World Famous St. Elmo Shrimp Cocktail-Eating Championship—Located At The Meijer Tail Greater Party On Georgia St

Date: 12/07/2013
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Winner: Joey Chestnut, with a World Record 9.25lb of Shrimp Cocktail Twinkies in 8 min, St. Elmo Shrimp Cocktail
Total Prizes: $2,000 total cash purse


Joey "Jaws" Chestnut—of San Jose, CA, and the world's #1-ranked eater—ate 9.25lb of Shrimp Cocktail on Saturday, December 7, 2013, in Indianapolis, IN, at The World Famous St. Elmo Shrimp Cocktail-Eating Championship—Located At The Meijer Tail Greater Party On Georgia St to set the inaugural world Shrimp Cocktail-eating record.

All of which is a very dry, fact-based way of saying that Chestnut did what Chestnut does. He came, he saw, he conquered. MLE's Latin scholars might muse that Chestnut—in his veni, vidi, vici approach to life—is our sport's Julius Caesar. Only without the toga or the assassination and with a smaller nose. On this day, the signature Shrimp Cocktail from famed Indianapolis steak house St. Elmo was to be Chestnut's Pharnaces II of Pontus. The jumbo shrimp, covered in St. Elmo's lauded and very horseradishy sauce, stood no chance. The battle was swift. The result unequivocal. Chestnut 1; Shrimp 0. This is what history records.

Marine biologists who don't speak Latin might muse that "Jaws" Chestnut prevailed against some decapod crustaceans that exist far lower down the food chain. The great white shark is an apex predator of the seas and has no natural predators that scientists can cite. But then it gets confusing because if you're a marine biologist, you likely know that the great white's scientific name is carcharodon carcharias, which means you know some Latin after all and should probably know what veni, vidi, vici means. It's complicated.

People who are neither marine biologists nor Latin speakers might muse that Joey Chestnut is a national treasure, a beacon, a role model and the north star for a nation that has lost its way. And they would be right.

Later that evening at nearby Lucas Oil Stadium, Michigan State snapped Ohio State's school-record 24-game win streak with a 34-24 victory in the Big Ten championship. The victory knocked Ohio State out of the BCS National Championship Game. Joey Chestnut was in attendance.

Bonus fact: "The World Famous St. Elmo Shrimp Cocktail-Eating Championship—Located At The Meijer Tail Greater Party On Georgia St" is the longest event title in MLE history. When Trebek asks, now you'll know.

1st - Joey Chestnut, 9.25lb, $1,000
2nd - Yasir Salem, 5lb, $500
3rd - Crazy Legs Conti, 4.25lb, $300
4th - Matthew Raible, $200
5th - Tracy Mmm Mmm Goode
6th - Craig "The Doctor" Evans

This contest* took place at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at the Meijer Tail Greater Party on Georgia St. in downtown Indianapolis!

About St. Elmo Steak House!
From St. Elmo Steak House to homes around the globe, the restaurant's world-famous, sinus-clearing shrimp cocktail sauce is available in 12 ounce bottles. Known for making grown men cry, the potent, horseradish-laden concoction was deemed the world's spiciest food by a Travel Channel writer, beating out other hotspots. The sauce that guests have come to know and love is available in more than 100 retail locations, St. Elmo Steak House, sister restaurant Harry & Izzy's or online at

About The Big Ten Football Championship Game!
The third annual Big Ten Football Championship Game will be played on Saturday, December 7 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, with kick-off set for 8:17 p.m. ET. The Championship Game, featuring the champion of the Legends Division facing the champion of the Leaders Division, will be broadcast nationally on FOX. The winner earns the Big Ten Championship and a chance to play in one of two postseason games hosted at historic Rose Bowl Stadium this season, the 100th Rose Bowl Game on January 1, 2014 or the BCS National Championship Game on January 6, 2014. Wisconsin won the first two Big Ten Football Championship Games, edging Michigan State in the inaugural game in 2011 before defeating Nebraska last season.

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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.