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2014-07-19: My Frequently Asked Questions page has been updated. 

2014-07-13: One thing about me, is that I respect those competitive eaters who came before me, without whom my emergence as a fairly well known competitive eater would not be possible. This includes, but is not all encompassing of, Takeru "The Tsunami" Kobayashi, "Hungry" Charles Hardy, Ed "Cookie" Jarvis, and Eric "Badlands" Booker. These names are from my roots. And no one person has given me more coverage through the years than "Beautiful" Brian Seiken.

The best advice I can give newcomers to competitive eating is to remember the legends, upon whose shoulders competitive eating has become what it is today. It is not only my privilege, but also my duty, to always remember that. You never know where you are unless and until you know where you've been, and I've been very, very fortunate.

2014-07-06: FAQs 76 and 77 (Added): 76: THINKING BACK TO 2003 WHEN YOU FIRST STARTED, WAS IT DIFFICULT TO ENTER A SPORT THAT WAS DOMINATED BY MUCH LARGER MEN?   As I have mentioned many times before, when I first started I felt like an invader in a man's sport.  But, because I was so motivated about competing, I didn't care who thought what about me, unlike most women, who were probably very concerned that competitive eating might make them "un-lady-like,"-- that it might make them appear gross.  That doesn't seem so much a concern anymore, as more women are becoming competitive eaters.  They're having fun. 

77: WHEN YOU FIRST STARTED DID YOU FEEL AS IF YOU HAD SOMETHING TO PROVE?  WHAT ABOUT NOW?  When I first started, I just wanted to prove to myself that I was as good as I thought I was, that I could beat the much larger men sometimes, and I did win my fair share of events.  I probably recorded over 50 victories through the years, and set several dozen World Records along the way.  As such, given my accomplishments over the past 11 years, I no longer feel that I have anything to prove.  I am sure that in time almost all current competitive eating World Records records will be broken, and that's okay, because along the way, I participated with, and held my own against, the best eaters in the world.  And I had fun!  Of course, the more you win, the more fun you have, and I have been very blessed. 

2014-07-04: Congratulations to Major League Eating (MLE) newcomer Miki Sudo on her victory today in the women's division of the 2014 Nathan's Famous Hot Dog-Eating contest on Coney Island.  Also, congratulations to ever-improving Michelle "Cardboard Shell" Lesco and long-time competitive eating star Juliet Lee on their third- and fourth-place finishes, respectively.  Though I didn't take first place today, I'm not too disappointed, as I won the Women's Title the previous 3 years, setting a Women's World Record of 45 Hot Dogs and Buns in 10 minutes along the way (2012).  It's all good.  

I extend hearfelt congratulations to Joey "Jaws" Chestnut on winning the Men's Championship for an unprecedented 8 years!  Also, kudos to a very tough and focused Matt Stoney, along with always-hard-hitting Tim "Eater X" Janus, and Brian “Dud Light” Dudzinski, who finished second, third, and fourth, respectively!  This was an especially amazing performance by "Dud Light," and he is assured to make perhaps a double-digit leap in MLE rankings from his pre-contest spot of #29.  Well done!

2014-07-03: Though I am just an ordinary, simple person, just like you, competitive eating fans make me feel so special: I really love them (video credit: ABC / WTLV).

2014-07-02: It's good to see that my Irish friend, Colin Shirlow, the best 3-minute Oyster eater in the world, as recognized in the Guiness Book of World Records, has received a special invitation to compete in the Men's Hot Dog Finals on July 4.  Colin is a very nice, most respectful gentleman.  I'm sure he considers it an honor to eat with us on Coney Island, as we celebrate our nation's birthday!

2014-06-21: FAQ # 75 (Added): HOW HAS YOUR WEIGHT AND HEALTH CHANGED SINCE YOU STARTED EATING COMPETITIVELY IN 2003, AND HOW HAS THAT INFLUENCED YOUR FUTURE AS A COMPETITIVE EATER?  My age has changed, of course, but my size and health have not.  I weighed 105 lbs in 2003 when I first started, and I am that same weight  in 2014.  I see my doctor at regular intervals, and I have never had to take prescription medication for cholesterol, blood pressure, etc, in my entire life.  Since 2003, I continue to eat very healthily, day-to-day: lots of fruit, vegetables, tofu, and seafood, and almost no chips (or other salty snacks), sweets, or other junk food. 

My not practicing for upcoming competitive eating events contributes to my good health.  I intend to keep it that way, so that I can remain a force in Major League Eating (MLE) for many more years, though I will probably become more careful in picking the MLE events I choose to enter.  Enjoying good food is my hobby, and as long as I remain healthy, and choose my competitive eating events wisely, Major League Eating will remain a perfect fit!

2014-06-07: Competitive eating continues to attract fans worldwide.  Examining visits to this site alone, for the first week of June I was excited to see that visitors from over 20 different countries checked in.  The top 10 nations (outside the US) represented are: South Korea, the Russian Federation, Great Britain, Germany, Australia, Canada, China, France, Japan, and The Netherlands, respectively.  I'm only one person, however, and I'm confident that given the hundreds of thousands of Major League Eating (MLE) fans worldwide who follow their favorite Top 50-ranked MLE competitive eaters as they collectively compete in scores of contests each year, MLE's international followers dot the entire globe!

2014-06-01: Official Acme Oyster Results (from New Orleans, LA): I was fortunate to win with 40 dozen Acme Oysters in 8 minutes.  Eater phenom Adrian Morgan pushed me to do my best, and finished second with 30 dozen, and New Orleans resident Michael Abadie proved he is a future force to be reckoned with by finishing third with 17 dozen.  I thank the organizers and sponsors involved in making the New Orleans Oyster Festival the success that it is each year.  And thanks to Major League Eating emcee Rich Shea, who always helps make this contest such a fun event.

2014-05-26: On this Memorial Day, I want to take a moment to thank all our miliary heroes, past and present--Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, and Navy, many of whom have given life, limb, and body functions that we oftentimes take for granted, in support of our country.  Freedom isn't free, and may we never forget that.  It is my honor and pleasure to serve them and their loved ones.