CLEARWATER, Fla. - July 26. 2013 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Professional eating phenom Joey “Jaws” Chestnut devoured 179 of Hooters world famous wings in 10 minutes last night to take home the title of 2013 Hooters World Wing-Eating Champion for the second year in a row. The action took place at the Original Hooters of Clearwater, Fla., where 16 competitive eater finalists battled to the bone. To maintain the wing-eating momentum, Hooters now turns the challenge to the good people of America to collectively consume one million chicken wings on Monday, July 29 in celebration of National Chicken Wing Day.
On Monday, every Hooters location across the country will offer a $12.99 all-you-can-eat wing deal to rally wing-eating enthusiasts around a common one million wing goal. Hooters issued a National Chicken Wing Day public service announcement to those who feel it has been too long since they devoured a plate of delicious chicken wings.
“Hooters is a renowned chicken wing establishment and the ultimate destination for watching sports of all kinds. The sport of competitive wing eating unites two of our greatest passions in the second annual Hooters World Wing-Eating Championship,” said Dave Henninger, chief marketing officer, Hooters of America. “Now it is time to test the wing-eating skills of Americans everywhere. I task the country with building on the impressive performance of Joey Chestnut to collectively take down one million chicken wings on National Chicken Wing Day.”
Chestnut, from San Jose, Calif., beat 15 other competitors from around the world to claim his back-to-back Hooters World Wing-Eating Champion title. Rounding out the top five, rookie contender Miki Sudo of Las Vegas placed second, eating 155 wings. Adrian “The Rabbit” Morgan of Baton Rouge, La., placed third, taking down 149 wings. Michelle Lesco of Tuscon, Ariz., placed fourth, eating 131 wings, and Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas of Alexandria, Va., placed fifth with 128 wings.
Hooters commissioned Major League Eating (MLE) to officially sanction the Hooters World Wing-Eating Championship tour. It kicked off in Panama City, Fla., on March 30 followed by a national circuit of wing-eating qualifier events throughout the U.S., including Augusta, Ga., during the Masters Golf Tournament and at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas during the Hooters International Swimsuit Pageant. Hooters concluded its tour with the grand finale event on July 25 where it all began at the original Hooters location in Clearwater.
For members of the media interested in photos or b-roll footage of the Hooters Wing-Eating World Championship, visit the multimedia download section of the Hooters newsroom.
For more information about the Hooters National Chicken Wing Day one million wing challenge and all-you-can-eat deal, visit www.hootersfreeoffers.com or the current campaigns section of the Hooters newsroom. To find your nearest Hooters location, visit www.hooters.com.
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.
Hooters of America, LLC is the franchisor and operator of over 412 Hooters restaurants in 44 states and 27 foreign countries. The first Hooters opened in 1983 in Clearwater, Florida. Hooters is well-known for its brand of food and fun, featuring a casual beach-theme atmosphere, a menu that features seafood, sandwiches and Hooters nearly, world famous chicken wings, and service provided by the All-American cheerleaders, the Hooters Girls. For more information about Hooters visit www.Hooters.com or follow us at www.twitter.com/Hooters or www.Facebook.com/Hooters.