LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--August 20, 2016 will mark the 10th annual Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship, where the world’s top competitive eaters will gather in downtown LA and see how many gyoza (Japanese potstickers) they can down in 10 minutes. Joey “Jaws” Chestnut—the #1 competitive eater in the world ranked by Major League Eating (MLE), the reigning Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Champion, and the World Gyoza Eating Record holder (384 gyoza)—will be back to reclaim his title. Matt "Megatoad" Stonie, the 2015 Gyoza champ and #2 competitive eater in the world, and Miki Sudo, #3 competitive eater in the world and reigning Women's Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Champion, will also be competing, hungry for the win.
The Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship is the premier competitive eating event on the West Coast and is notorious for hosting the world's top competitive eaters. The showdown challenges eaters to devour as many Day-Lee Pride gyoza as possible in 10 minutes. The competitors will be chowing down on nothing but the best; Day-Lee has been making their famous high-quality gyoza with generous filling, less dough, and no MSG for decades. Competitors – aside from consuming platefuls of gyoza - will be vying for a $5,000 cash purse.
“The Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship is undoubtedly a marquee event on our calendar,” said Rich Shea from Major League Eating and the International Federation of Competitive Eating (IFOCE). “Over the past decade, our competitors have shocked fans by making huge strides in their capacity for gobbling up gyoza. In 2006, Joey Chestnut secured a win after downing 212 gyoza. But in 2014, he set a new world record when he ate 384. An unbelievable 81% increase! I can’t wait to see what the competitors bring to the table this year.”
Part of the 76th Annual Los Angeles Nisei Week Japanese Festival, the eating championship is hosted by the Nisei Week Foundation and sanctioned by MLE and the International Federation of Competitive Eating (IFOCE). The main event will take place at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC) Plaza in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo district. The JACCC Plaza is located at 244 S. San Pedro Street, LA, CA 90012. The main event will commence at 3:00 PM following the Little Tokyo Eating Championship amateur contest at 2:00 PM and the LAPD vs. LAFD Gyoza Eating Challenge at 2:30 PM. Admission is free; limited seating and ample standing room will be available.
About Day-Lee Foods, Inc.
Day-Lee Foods, Inc., a leader in authentic Asian cuisine, manufactures two frozen food brands for retail and foodservice customers: Day-Lee Pride, a line of 6 different types of gyoza found in Asian and Japanese grocery stores throughout the U.S.; and Crazy Cuizine, a line of premium-quality Asian classics such as Mandarin Orange Chicken, Teriyaki Chicken, Korean BBQ, and Chicken & Pork Potstickers.
About the Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship
The Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship is hosted annually by the Nisei Week Foundation at the Los Angeles Nisei Week Japanese Festival and sanctioned by Major League Eating (MLE) and the International Federation of Competitive Eating (IFOCE). Since 2006, the contest has quickly become a marquee event on the MLE calendar, attracting the best of the best to see who can eat the most Day-Lee Pride gyoza (Japanese potstickers) in 10 minutes. The current world record is 384 gyoza eaten by the 2014 champion, Joey "Jaws" Chestnut (currently ranked #1 by MLE).
About the 2016 Los Angeles Nisei Week Japanese Festival
The Nisei Week Japanese Festival is recognized as one of the longest-running ethnic festivals in the United States. It is a nine-day event celebrating Japanese and Japanese American culture and history as an integral part of the City of Los Angeles. All proceeds benefit the Nisei Week Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. The 2015 festival will take place in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo district from August 15-23. For more information, a calendar of events, and volunteer information, visit www.NiseiWeek.org.