World’s best wing eaters compete for dominance and cash prizes on July 12
Hooters has announced the 2015 Hooters Worldwide Wing Eating Championship circuit will continue in Knoxville, Tennessee, on Sunday, July 12 at 4 p.m. Professional eaters will line up behind the competition table for a 10-minute, all-you-can-eat wing eating qualifier contest at the newly remodeled Hooters of Kingston Pike, located at 8050 Kingston Pike in Knoxville.
In addition to a $1,000 purse, the top three eaters secure seats at the championship event at the Original Hooters of Clearwater, Florida, on July 25. Joey “Jaws” Chestnut of San Jose, California, the number-one-ranked eater in the world and reigning Hooters Worldwide Wing Eating Champion for three years running, will compete in Sunday’s Knoxville qualifier. During last summer’s championship event, Chestnut downed 182 Hooters chicken wings in 10 minutes, edging out arch-rival Matt Stonie. This July 4 weekend, Chestnut was upset by Stonie in the hot dog eating championship and is ready to bounce back with Hooters world-famous wings in Knoxville.
Professional eaters competing in this weekend’s competition, listed according to world-rank, include:
- Joey “Jaws” Chestnut, San Jose, California, #1
- “The Lovely” Juliet Lee, Germantown, Maryland, #9
- Juan “More Bite” Rodriguez, Chicago, Illinois, #10
- Eric “Badlands” Booker, Selden, New York, #13
- “Wild” Bill Myers, Breinigsville, Pennsylvania, #22
- Gideon Oji, Atlanta, Georgia, #24
- Ronnie “The Real American” Hartman, Ft. Stewart, Georgia, #26
- Matthew Raible, Peoria, Illinois #30
- Damien Boykin, Smyrna, Georgia, #34
“The Knoxville community is invited to witness the final wing-eating qualifying round of the season, we’re ready to see who will move on to compete in the Hooters Worldwide Wing Eating Championship!” said Andrew Pudduck, vice president of marketing, Hooters. “This summer we are calling upon all eaters – young and old, amateur and professional – to get off the bench and start training at Hooters for the ultimate all-you-can-eat wing-eating challenge at Hooters locations on National Chicken Wing Day on Wednesday, July 29.”
The Hooters Worldwide Wing Eating Challenge invites anyone to train like the pros with all-you-can-eat wings at participating Hooters locations on Training Day Mondays July 13 and 20 leading up to National Chicken Wing Day on July 29.
Chicken wing eating is among the most demanding disciplines in the world, requiring jaw strength, hand speed and stomach capacity. Hooters commissioned Major League Eating to officially sanction the Hooters Worldwide Wing Eating Championship circuit and crown the ruler of the roost. During the championship, eaters will compete for $17,500 in cash prizes, one of the largest prizes on the Major League Eating calendar.
To learn more about Hooters Worldwide Wing Eating Challenge and to find the nearest Hooters location, visit http://hooters.com.
Major League Eating (MLE), the world governing body of all stomach-centric sports, conducts more than 80 events annually, including the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, N.Y. and the CP Foods Biggest Eater Championship in Bangkok, Thailand. The competitive eating community is made up of more than 8,000 veteran and rookie gurgitators who travel the world in search of top titles and the glory that they provide. For more information, visit www.IFOCE.com, www.facebook.com/eatfast or twitter @eatingcontest.
Hooters of America, LLC, is the franchisor and operator of more than 400 Hooters restaurants in 42 states and 26 countries. Known for its world famous Hooters Style chicken wings, the first Hooters opened its doors in 1983 in Clearwater, Florida. Expectations were so modest at the time that the simple fact the doors opened was deemed worthy of a toast. Since then millions have been liberated from the ordinary at Hooters while enjoying great food, fun and one-of-a-kind hospitality that can only be served up by the Hooters Girls. For more information about Hooters visit www.Hooters.com or follow at www.Twitter.com/Hooters, www.Facebook.com/Hooters or www.Instagram.com/Hooters.