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Major League Eating

Written by: Kompster

Competitive Eating is Huge these days, in large part thanks to MLE. But what exactly is the MLE? MLE is the Major League Eating Association. Here is the MLE Mission as appears directly on

MLE invites “amateur” competitive eaters to participate alongside veteran eating champions in most of its events. MLE’s online event application page is for applicants 18 years of age or older who fully acknowledge and understand the inherent dangers and risks associated with participating in an eating contest. Applicants further acknowledge and understand 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. 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, time, duration, location and prize structure.

Events include:

The World Twinkie Eating Championship At Bally’s Casino–Tunica

Foxwoods World Turkey-Eating Championship

The World Slugburger Eating Championship Presented by Main Street Corinth

Dia De Los Muertos Taco Eating Contest

Ben’s Chili Bowl’s World Chili Eating Championship at The Taste of DC


MLE also maintains Eater Rankings and a Hall of Fame.



Joey Chestnut


Matt Stonie


Tim “Eater X” Janus


Miki Sudo


Sonya Thomas


Bob Shoudt


Adrian Morgan


Juliet Lee


Michelle Lesco


Jeff Butler


Aaron Osthoff


Yasir Salem


MLE helps sponsors around the world to develop, run and publicize eating contests that provide dramatic audience entertainment and a powerful platform for media exposure. MLE has an unparalleled track record for generating media coverage of eating contests, and has placed sponsors in the most powerful local, national and international media outlets.

Media that routinely cover events include CNN, BBC, NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Sports Illustrated, FHM Magazine, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Smithsonian Magazine, US Magazine, Time Magazine and The Times of London. Coverage on this sport includes a TV Food Network documentary; Discovery Channel documentaries; a BBC Documentary; and dozens of hours of televised programming on ESPN, SpikeTV and other networks. MLE is currently expanding the competitive eating circuit, adding new events to the recognized series of contests running in the U.S. and overseas. When top eating champions such as Joey Chestnut, Patrick Bertoletti, Sonya Thomas, Tim “Eater X” Janus, Crazy Legs Conti and Juliet Lee are in an eating contest, the audience knows they are watching a world-class event.

If you would like to explore the possibilities for a new or existing eating event, please don’t hesitate to email, or to call (212) 352-8651.

You can also check them out on the web at

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