Ben’s Chili Bowl to make more than 30 gallons of Chili for the Event;

Amateur Contest on Saturday; $3,000 World Championship on Sunday

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Joey Chestnut, the #1-ranked eater in the world, and Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas, the 105-pound eating phenom out of Alexandria, VA, will clash at The Taste of DC on Sunday, October 9 in the World Chili Eating Championship presented by Ben’s Chili Bowl.

At stake during the 6-minute MLE-sanctioned contest is a $3,000 cash purse and the coveted title of World Chili-Eating Champion. Chestnut is expected to consume nearly three gallons of chili in six minutes and Ben’s Chili Bowl will prepare more than 30 gallons of chili for the 15-person event.

Both Chestnut and Thomas are headed to the recently revived Taste of DC festival after their respective wins in the men’s and women’s hot dog eating championships on July 4 at Coney Island. However, Chestnut is seeking redemption after losing to Thomas in a buffalo-wing eating championship over Labor Day.

In Washington they will face one of the deepest fields of this year’s competitive eating circuit, including Pennsylvania’s Bob “Notorious B.O.B.” Shoudt, the #4-ranked eater in the world who many feel has a competitive advantage in chili since he not only holds the world record in chili spaghetti, but also he’s eaten 23 pounds of salmon chowder with a spoon to set the MLE capacity record in 2009. Competitors will be required to use spoons during the event. Also expected at the table is “Eater X” Tim Janus, the #3-ranked eater in the world and champion in disciplines such as sushi, tamales and cupcakes, and Juliet Lee, the 100-pound mother and salon owner from Germantown, MD.

“While it’s true the majority of fans will be focused on Joey and Sonya, Bob Shoudt is not to be overlooked,” said George Shea, chairman of Major League Eating. “Few people on this earth have mastered the spoon-to-mouth technique with the speed that Shoudt has. There’s a chance we could witness a monumental upset.”

Event Info:
What: The Taste of DC World Chili-Eating Championship presented by Ben’s Chili Bowl
When: Sunday, October 9, 2011
Time: 12:35 p.m.
Location: The Taste of DC (Main Stage) – Pennsylvania Ave, NW btwn 9th & 14th Sts.

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