WHAT: The 10th Annual Best in the West Nugget World Rib-Eating Championship

WHERE: Nugget Casino Resort’s Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off, 1100 Nugget Ave, Sparks, NV

WHEN: Wednesday, September 2, 2015

TIME: 6 p.m.

Reigning rib-eating record-holder Joey Chestnut will compete against archrival and number-one-ranked eater Matt Stonie at the 10th Annual Nugget World Rib-Eating Championship in Sparks, NV. The event, to be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, September 2, 2015, is part of the 27th annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off.

The World Rib-Eating Championship is legendary on the Major League Circuit and will feature the world’s finest competitive eaters, including Miki Sudo, the number-four-ranked eater, who has consumed 104 hard-boiled eggs in eight minutes; Erik “The Red” Denmark, the shrimp and fry bread-eating champion; and Crazy Legs Conti, the world sweet corn- and lumberjack breakfast-eating champion.

The competitor who downs the most rib meat from the bone in 12 minutes will be crowned the Best in the West Nugget Rib-Eating Champion and will win the lion’s share of the $5,000 cash purse. Chestnut currently holds the world record of 13.76 pounds of pork rib meat in 12 minutes.

“Major League Eating is proud to join the Nugget Casino Resort to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Nugget World Rib-Eating Championship,” says event emcee Sam Barclay. “And this year’s event promises to be the best yet, with reigning Nugget Rib Champion and World Rib-Eating Record Holder Joey Chestnut set to face his nemesis, Matthew Stonie, the man who recently dethroned him as the #1-ranked Eater in the World.”

The rib-eating contest will kick off the 27nd Annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off, which draws more than 500,000 people each year. Featuring St. Louis style ribs, the contest will conform to the MLE judging model, in which ribs are weighed prior to the contest and then again after the contest to determine the exact amount of rib meat eaten by each competitor.

The Nugget World Rib Eating Championship is the kick-off event for America’s largest rib cook-off. The Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off is a six-day barbecue festival that brings in more than 500,000 people from all over the country to eat more than 233,000 pounds of ribs cooked by 23 of the nation’s most decorated rib cookers. The cook-off continues through Monday, September 7, 2015.

Check out MLE's main Web site for more information on competitive eating and eater profiles.


Past Rib Eating Championship Results

2014 Rib Eating Championships - OFFICIAL RESULTS
1st Joey “Jaws” Chestnut 9.27 lbs.
2nd Matt “Megatoad” Stonie 8.3 lbs.
3rd Miki Sudo 6.7 lbs.
4th Eric “The Red” Denmark 5.147 lbs.
5th Juan "More Bite" Rodriguez 5.072 lbs.


2013 Rib Eating Championships - OFFICIAL RESULTS
1st Joey “Jaws” Chestnut 13.76 lbs.
2nd Matt “Megatoad” Stonie 11.2 lbs.
3rd Miki Sudo 7.1 lbs.
4th Juan “More Bite” Rodriguez 6.15 lbs.
5th Steve Hendry 4.67 lbs.

2012 Rib Eating Championships - OFFICIAL RESULTS
1st Joey Chestnut 8.0 lbs.
2nd Matt Stonie 7.5 lbs.
3rd Patrick Bertoletti 5.8 lbs.
4th Michelle Lesco 4.6 lbs.
5th Juan Rodriguez 4.5 lbs.

2011 Rib Eating Championships - OFFICIAL RESULTS
1st Joey Chestnut 7.6 lbs.
2nd Pat Bertoletti 6.6 lbs.
3rd Matt Stonie 6.3 lbs.
4th Erik Denmark 5.2 lbs.
5th Ron Koch 3.8 lbs.


2010 Rib Eating Championships - OFFICIAL RESULTS
1st Joey Chestnut 8.0 lbs.
2nd Pat Bertoletti 6.9 lbs.
3rd Erik Denmark 4.8 lbs.
4th Ron Koch 4.1 lbs.
5th Jason Erb 3.3 lbs.
6th David Headrick 3.2 lbs.
7th Ryan McKillop 2.9 lbs.
8th Ken Douglas 2.5 lbs.
9th Dan Statum 1.7 lbs.
10th Paul Nguyen 1.4 lbs.


2009 Rib Eating Championships - OFFICIAL RESULTS
1st Pat Bertoletti 5.8 lbs.
2nd Joey Chestnut 5.7 lbs.
3rd Erik Denmark 4.7 lbs.
4th Hall Hunt 3.9 lbs.
5th Marco Marquez 3.8 lbs.
6th Ron Koch 3.6 lbs.
7th Ryan McKillop 3.0 lbs.
8th Jason Erb 2.7 lbs.
9th Shawn Kirby 2.0 lbs.
10th Curtis Richardson 1.6 lbs.
11th Rodney Wear 1.4 lbs.
12th Aaron Lamb 1.2 lbs.


2008 Rib Eating Championships - OFFICIAL RESULTS
1st Joey Chestnut 9.8 lbs. (WR)
2nd Pat Bertoletti 7.4 lbs.
3rd Erik Denmark 4.7 lbs.
4th Rich LeFevre 4.6 lbs.
5th Ron Koch 3.4 lbs.
6th Jason Erb 2.8 lbs.
7th Shawn Kirby 2.5 lbs.
T8 El Toro 2.2 lbs.
T8 Tim Lyon 2.2 lbs.
T10 Kevin Lyon 1.8 lbs.
T10 Andy Taschler 1.8 lbs.
12th John Kramer 1.7 lbs.
T13 Chester Chang 1.4 lbs.
T13 Vinh Nguyen 1.4 lbs.
15th Aaron Lamb 1.3 lbs.


2007 Rib Eating Championships - OFFICIAL RESULTS
1st Joey Chestnut 7.0 lbs.
2nd Pat Bertoletti 6.1 lbs.
3rd Rich LeFevre 4.3 lbs.
4th Jason Erb 3.6 lbs.
5th Erik Denmark 3.3 lbs.
6th Jason Beals 2.4 lbs.
7th Tim Waite 1.9 lbs.
T8 Shawn Kirby 1.8 lbs.
T8 Wayne Wilson 1.8 lbs.
10th Dennis Mui 1.2 lbs.
11th Spencer Thomas 0.9 lbs.
12th Anthony Miller 0.8 lbs.


2006 Rib Eating Championships - OFFICIAL RESULTS
1st Joey Chestnut 4.5 lbs.
2nd Pat Bertoletti 4.0 lbs.
3rd Rich LeFevre 3.8 lbs.
4th Jed Donahue 3.3 lbs.
T5 Erik Denmark 2.5 lbs.
T5 Jason Erb 2.5 lbs.
7th Jason Leos 2.0 lbs.
T8 Ron Koch 1.7 lbs.
T8 El Toro 1.7 lbs.
T8 Scott Morrison 1.7 lbs.
11th Tab Newcomb 1.5 lbs.