$5,000 in Cash Prizes On the Line During Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off
Reigning rib-eating record-holder Joey Chestnut will compete to regain his title against number-two-ranked eater Matt Stonie at the 11th Annual Nugget World Rib-Eating Championship in Sparks, NV. The event, to be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, August 31st, 2016, is part of the 28th 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 Gideon Oji, the number-five-ranked eater, who has consumed 25.5 16oz of kale in 8 minutes; Rich LeFevre, who has consumed six pounds of SPAM in 12 minutes; and Steve Hendry, who is a chewing-eating specialist from California.
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. At last year’s event, Stonie downed 10.5 pounds of ribs during the 12-minute contest, unseating longtime rib champion, Chestnut. Chestnut still currently holds the world record of 13.76 pounds of pork rib meat in 12 minutes.
“Competitive rib eating in 2016 is the direct descendant of thousands of years of human evolution,” says MLE emcee Sam Barclay. “At the 11th Annual Nugget World Rib-Eating Championship, the greatest eaters in the world must call upon their ancient ancestors, their distant relatives who sat huddled, terrified, crudely gnawing meat from bone, without the cool balm of science to explain their savage lot. MLE’s best will need to embrace their primal self, their unstructured soul, to win here."
The rib-eating contest will kick off the 28nd 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.
WHAT: The 11th 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, August 31, 2016
TIME: 6 p.m.