Stonie eats record-breaking 241 Hooters world-famous chicken wings in 10 minutes; now the world sets sights on National Chicken Wing Day, July 29
Clearwater Beach, FL (Restaurant News Release) As the world readies for National Chicken Wing Day on July 29, the winning streak continues for top ranked professional eater Matt “The Megatoad” Stonie as he skillfully ate his way to claim the Hooters Worldwide Wing Eating Champion title in record-breaking fashion today. Stonie ate 241 Hooters world-famous chicken wings in 10 minutes, outperforming Joey “Jaws” Chestnut’s 200 wing tally to end his three-year reign as Hooters champ.
“It feels good to be the Hooters Worldwide Wing Eating Champion. I thought this contest would be neck and neck,” said Stonie. “Joey Chestnut is an amazing chicken wing eater; he’s very fast with his hands. I came prepared, so I can’t say it was unexpected. But, it was a nice surprise. I hope my performance can inspire others to hone their wing eating skills at Hooters on National Chicken Wing Day.”
Stonie is now challenging wing lovers across America to unite to help break yet another wing eating record on National Chicken Wing Day. On Wednesday, July 29, pros and average Joes across America will put their training to the test by taking on the Hooters Worldwide Wing Challenge. The finest wing-eating techniques will be key to collectively consume more than 2 million Hooters wings on this saucy holiday in order to surpass the 1.7 million served last year. Everyone who accepts the Hooters Worldwide Wing Challenge will not only enjoy the one-of-a-kind wings and craveable sauces that made Hooters America’s favorite, they also have the chance to win free wings for a year by sharing photos of their personal wing eating records on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter using #NationalChickenWingDay or #HootersMakesYouHappy! The official global wing tally for National Chicken Wing Day will be updated every hour on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat at “hootersLIVE”.
“We always knew when we started Hooters back in 1983 that people would love our wings, but c’mon! We never expected that a wiry little guy like Stonie could put away 241 in 10 minutes—and he even did it without an ice cold beer,” said Ed Droste, one of the original “Hooters Six” founders. “It’s really just another day in the life at Hooters, one weekend we’re hosting a record-setting performance with the world’s top professional eaters, and the next we’re on track to set Guinness World Records with the Hooters World’s Largest Fantasy Football Draft Party.”
Chicken wing eating is among the most demanding disciplines in the world, requiring jaw strength, hand speed and stomach capacity. Hooters commissioned Major League Eating to officially sanction the fourth annual Hooters Worldwide Wing Eating Championship circuit and crown the ruler of the roost. Hooters united more than a dozen of the world’s top ranked professional eaters on Clearwater Beach, Florida, to see who could eat more of Hooters world-famous wings in a 10-minute speed round for the coveted title and $17,500 in cash prizes, one of the largest prizes on the Major League Eating calendar.
2015 Hooters Worldwide Wing Eating Championship Results:
1. Matt “The Megatoad” Stonie, San Jose, California – 241 wings
2. Joey “Jaws” Chestnut, San Jose, California – 200 wings
3. Adrian “The Rabbit” Morgan, New Orleans, Louisiana – 194 wings
4. Yasir Salem, New York, New York – 192 wings
5. Gideon Oji, Atlanta, Georgia – 170 wings
6. Michelle “Cardboard Shell” Lesco, Tucson, Arizona – 158 wings
7. Miki Sudo, Las Vegas, Nevada – 154 wings
8. Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas, Alexandria, Virginia, AND “The Lovely” Juliet Lee, Germantown, Maryland – 126 wings
10. Juan “More Bite” Rodriguez, Chicago, Illinois – 118 wings
11. Richard “The Locust” LeFevre, Henderson, Nevada – 116 wings
12. Steve Hendry, Dixon, California – 114 wings
13. Erik “The Red” Denmark, Seattle, Washington – 106 wings
To download broll footage, photos and multimedia related to the Hooters Worldwide Wing Eating Championship, visit http://bit.ly/HootersWingEating2015. To learn more about Hooters Worldwide Wing Challenge on National Chicken Wing Day, visit http://ncwd.hooters.com. To learn how to enter to win free wings for a year through the Hooters National Chicken Wing Day photo contest, visit http://ncwd.hooters.com/fwfy. To find your nearest Hooters location, visit www.hooters.com.
About Major League Eating
Major League Eating (MLE), the world governing body of all stomach-centric sports, conducts more than 80 events annually, including the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, N.Y. and the CP Foods Biggest Eater Championship in Bangkok, Thailand. The competitive eating community is made up of more than 8,000 veteran and rookie gurgitators who travel the world in search of top titles and the glory that they provide. For more information, visit www.IFOCE.com, www.facebook.com/eatfast or twitter @eatingcontest.
About Hooters of America, LLC
Hooters of America, LLC, is the franchisor and operator of more than 400 Hooters restaurants in 42 states and 26 countries. Known for its world famous Hooters Style chicken wings, the first Hooters opened its doors in 1983 in Clearwater, Florida. Expectations were so modest at the time that the simple fact the doors opened was deemed worthy of a toast. Since then millions have been liberated from the ordinary at Hooters while enjoying great food, fun and one-of-a-kind hospitality that can only be served up by the Hooters Girls. For more information about Hooters visit www.Hooters.com or follow us at www.Twitter.com/Hooters, www.Facebook.com/Hooters, www.Instagram.com/Hooters or on Snapchat at “hootersLIVE”.