Hooters Crowns First Major League Eating Wing-Eating World Champion in concert with National Chicken Wing Day
Chicken wing expert, Hooters, named Joey Chestnut the official Wing-Eating World Champion after his performance at the original Hooters restaurant in Clearwater, Fla., during the culmination of the 10-city Hooters Wing-Eating World Championship tour. Chestnut, the number one ranked world champion eater from San Jose, Calif., ate 144 wings in 10 minutes to claim the title and take home $7,500 in cash prizes.
Joey Chestnut wins Hooters World Wing Eating Championship in Clearwater, FL after eating 144 wings in 10 minutes.
Adrian "The Rabbit" Morgan, from Baton Rouge, La., took placed second, finishing 140 wings. The 100-pound Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas, from Alexandria, Va., finished third with 131 wings.
Officially sanctioned by Major League Eating, the Hooters Wing-Eating World Championship is the first time the chicken wing eating discipline has been part of a championship circuit to identify and crown an official world champ.
The competition is part of a weekend celebration of National Chicken Wing Day, which is Sunday, July 29. That day, participating Hooters locations across the country will offer a special promotion, "buy 10 wings, get 10 wings free" for dine-in guests.
Chestnut beat 11 other competitors from around the country for the title. Professional eating hopefuls competed regionally throughout the summer as part of a 10 city championship tour to qualify for the event.
The other Hooters World Wing-Eating Championship competitors included Patrick "Deep Dish" Bertoletti, Chicago, Ill.; Bob "Notorious B.O.B." Shoudt, Royersford, Pa.; "Lovely" Juliet Lee, Germantown, Md.; Erik "The Red" Denmark, Seattle, Wash.; Tim "Gravy" Brown, Chicago, Ill.; "Nasty" Nate Biller, Austin, Texas; Crazy Legs Conti, New York, NY; and Lewis Richards, London, England.