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Photos by Ted Soqui

Joey Chestnut, the world’s top-ranked competitive eater, devoured the competition last Thursday to win the inaugural Pacific Park World Taco-Eating Championship on Santa Monica Pier. He demolished 62 street-style carnitas tacos in just eight minutes — nearly eight tacos per minute!

Chestnut, 34, took home a cash prize of $2,500 and added another Major League Eating title to his lengthy championship resume, which includes a world-record 73.5 Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs (and buns!) in 10 minutes. His technique appears to involve compacting the food with his fingers and keeping it moist.

Gideon Oji , 26 and 6’9” tall, came closest to matching Chestnut’s eating prowess among a field of 10 competitors. Ranked No. 6 in the world, Oji polished off 52 tacos. Miki Sudo, Major League Eating’s top-ranked female (No. 7 worldwide), finished fourth with 37 tacos, just behind No. 8-ranked Adrian Morgan, who consumed 40 of them.

Photos by Ted Soqui
Joey Chestnut, the world’s top-ranked competitive eater, devoured the competition last Thursday to win the inaugural Pacific Park World Taco-Eating Championship on Santa Monica Pier. He demolished 62 street-style carnitas tacos in just eight minutes — nearly eight tacos per minute!
Chestnut, 34, took home a cash prize of $2,500 and added another Major League Eating title to his lengthy championship resume, which includes a world-record 73.5 Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs (and buns!) in 10 minutes. His technique appears to involve compacting the food with his fingers and keeping it moist.
Gideon Oji , 26 and 6’9” tall, came closest to matching Chestnut’s eating prowess among a field of 10 competitors. Ranked No. 6 in the world, Oji polished off 52 tacos. Miki Sudo, Major League Eating’s top-ranked female (No. 7 worldwide), finished fourth with 37 tacos, just behind No. 8-ranked Adrian Morgan, who consumed 40 of them.

1. Joey Chestnut shovels one in

2. Major League Eating emcee Sam Barclay pumped up the crowd

3. Mary Bowers of Beverly Hills hit a wall at 14 tacos

4. Gideon Oji (left), Joey Chestnut, Miki Sudo and Adrian Morgan led the field

5. Each competitor started with a tray of 20

6. It’s Joey Chestnut for the win!

7. Spectators were hungry for action

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