Joey Chestnut to Defend His Title Earned By Eating the Equivalent of 22 Orders of Shrimp Cocktail

st elmos 280 200World-champion Joey Chestnut and other top Major League Eaters (MLE) will compete during the World Famous St. Elmo Shrimp Cocktail Eating Championship on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 at 3 p.m. The event will take place at the Meijer Tail Greater Party on Georgia Street as part of the 2014 Big Ten Football Championship Game weekend. This year will be a challenge for Chestnut as other top eaters compete for the title of Shrimp Cocktail-Eating Champion of the World in addition to a $2,000 prize purse. The current list of competitors includes: During last year’s inaugural event, Chestnut consumed 105 shrimp or 9.2 pounds in eight minutes, earning him the shrimp cocktail-eating championship title and a world record. “Last year’s competition was an incredible experience with Joey packing down 22 orders of our world famous shrimp cocktail in that short amount of time,” said Craig Huse, co-proprietor ofSt. Elmo Steak House. “We’re looking forward to a new record this year with Joey hopefully hitting the 10 pound mark.” Eaters will again have eight minutes to consume as much shrimp cocktail as possible. However, competitors may be tempted to slow down due to the fiery, horseradish-laden heat packed in St. Elmo’s legendary cocktail sauce, which was deemed the world’s spiciest food by a Travel Channel writer. Since 1902, the legendary appetizer has collected a legion of well-known fans including Neil Patrick Harris, Tony Dungy and comedian Jimmy Fallon. “Shrimp cocktail is the food of kings, or at least it should be, because it is incredibly delicious,” said George Shea, MLE chairman. “The wild card on this event is the outrageously spicy cocktail sauce, which will slow the less committed competitors.”