Joey Chestnut has dominated this event for eight years out of the past nine, so to come here for the 10th annual Rib Eating Championship and take the title from him, it feels amazing” said Stonie.

Chestnut ate 9.75 pounds of ribs at the 10th annual contest, beating his own 2014 feat of 9.27 pounds.

“I was having trouble swallowing and I went to the water a lot more than I should have,” said Chestnut of his loss. “They were fast ribs. Yeah, he beat me.”

Number-four ranked competitive eater Miki Sudo took third place with 6.25 pounds, followed closely by fourth place winner and #35-ranked competitive eater, Lesley Ryder who ate 6.15 pounds of ribs.

Rich LeFevre took fifth place, eating 5 pounds during the contest.



The event kicked off the 27th annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off in Sparks, Nevada. The six-day barbecue festival is held every Labor Day weekend, as 500,000 hungry visitors eat more than 241,000 pounds of ribs served up by 24 of the world’s most talented rib cookers.

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

2015 Rib Eating Championships - OFFICIAL RESULTS
1st Matt “Megatoad” Stonie 10.5 lbs.
2nd Joey “Jaws” Chestnut 9.75 lbs.
3rd Miki Sudo 6.25 lbs.
4th Lesley Rider 6.15 lbs.
5th Rich LeFevre 5 lbs.


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.