Hot Dog Champ Joey Chestnut Seeks to Reclaim Gyoza Eating Title/Record

Share Article

Joey “Jaws” Chestnut and Patrick “Deepdish” Bertoletti, the world’s top two competitive eaters will square off at the 6th Annual Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship on Saturday, August 18 in Los Angeles.

News Image

On Saturday, August 18, Joey “Jaws” Chestnut and Patrick “Deepdish” Bertoletti, the world’s top two competitive eaters will square off for the undisputed gyoza (Japanese potstickers) eating championship of the world at the 6th Annual Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship, an official Major League Eating (MLE) event.

Ranked #1 by MLE, Chestnut has dominated the sport of competitive eating since wrestling the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Title from Japanese legend Takeru Kobayashi in 2007. Hailed as and “American Hero” by MLE, Chestnut boasts six consecutive Nathan’s titles (2007-present), three gyoza-eating titles (2006, 2008, 2009), and 20 world records. In 2008, he set a since-broken record of 231 gyoza in ten minutes.

A culinary school graduate and ranked second in the world by MLE, Bertoletti holds 39 eating world records, more than anyone in the history of competitive eating, including 264 gyoza (approximately 10.5 lbs.) en route to the 2011 gyoza eating title. Known for his mohawked appearance and frantic eating style he placed 3rd at the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island.

The contest will take place during the 72nd Annual Los Angeles Nisei Week Japanese Festival at 2:30 p.m. at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC) Plaza in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo district (244 S. San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, Calif., 90012). The day includes food, merchandise vendors, entertainment, and the Nisei Week Rubik’s Cube Open.

Also competing will be rising MLE stars Matt “Megatoad” Stonie (#6 World Ranking) and Adrian Morgan (#7), 105 -pound eating sensation Juliet Lee (#9), Erik “the Red” Denmark (#11), and a host of professional and amateur hopefuls looking for a piece of the $5,500 cash purse.

Chestnut and Bertoletti have faced off in Gyoza once before in 2008. Chestnut set a world record with 231 gyoza, besting runner-up Bertoletti’s 201.

Event sponsors include Day-Lee Foods, Chop Suey Café, and Beard Papas. Admission is free but seating is extremely limited, so please arrive early. There will be plenty of standing room available. Contest information can also be found on Twitter ( and Facebook (

Registration for the World Gyoza Eating Championship is closed, but those interested in participating in the Nisei Week Rubik’s Cube Open can register at

All inquiries for event sponsorship, volunteering, or attendance may be sent to event organizer Cory Hayashi at cory.hayashi(at)gmail(dot)com or call (714) 393-3229.

The 2012 Nisei Week Japanese Festival will take place in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo district from August 11-19. For a calendar of events and volunteer information, log on to or call the Nisei Week Foundation office at (213) 687-7193.

The Nisei Week Foundation was established in 1999 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to oversee and organize the Nisei Week Japanese Festival. The Foundation’s mission is to promote Japanese and Japanese American heritage and traditions while bringing together the diverse communities of Southern California through arts and cultural education. It does this by producing the Nisei Week Japanese Festival, a nine-day event first held in 1934 and is today one of the longest running ethnic festivals in the United States.

Day-Lee Foods, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nippon Meat Packers, Inc. NMP has been delivering quality meat products to the food service and general consumer markets for more than 50 years. Day-Lee Pride brand gyoza is available at Albertson’s and Asian markets everywhere.

# # #

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Alexis Schneider
Follow us on
Visit website