The Great American Legend, Joey Chestnut, has returned to defend his World title of the Champion of St. Elmo’s annual shrimp eating contest. He shattered his record last year at 15 pounds of shrimp (and spicy cocktail sauce). I’m willing to bet he will go for 18 pounds this year.
For those of you who aren’t familiar, Joey Chestnut is ranked first in the WORLD by the Major League Eating. Simply put, he is the greatest eater of all time. He is most well-known for competing in the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. The Nathan’s Contest is a personal favorite in my family. You better believe you can find us all glued to the television on the 4th of July to see Joey obliterate some hot dogs.
Joey’s first competitive eating competition was in 2005. He crushed the competition by consuming 6.3 pounds of deep-friend asparagus in 11.5 minutes. He holds titles in foods of all different types – apple pie, funnel cake, fish tacos, Philly cheese steaks, twinkies, and the famous St. Elmo’s Steakhouse shrimp cocktail.
St. Elmo’s Cocktail Sauce
Philly has its cheese steaks, New Orleans has its Po Boy’s.. and Indianapolis has St. Elmo’s cocktail sauce. Named the world’s spiciest food by The Travel Channel, this sauce is known to make grown men cry and clear any and all sinus problems. Did I mention it’s also delicious? It has quite the kick, and Hoosiers love it! If there is one thing you must “eat” while traveling through Indianapolis, I recommend the Shrimp Cocktail. St. Elmo’s Shrimp Cocktail is available at both St. Elmos and Harry and Izzy’s.
Shrimp Cocktail Competition
The event is set to take place Saturday, December 2nd 2017. The competition will be held on Georgia St. at 3pm! It is sanctioned by Major League Eating, an organization that oversees professional eating contests. Whoever consumes the most shrimp cocktails in 8 minutes, WINS! Last year, Joey finished 45 orders (180 jumbo shrimp) of shrimp cocktail. I had one order for lunch and was full. I admire Joey’s ability to crush not only the shrimp, but also the competition. LET’S GO JOEY!! U-S-A!!!