The International Federation of Competitive Eating, Inc. (IFOCE) organizes, supervises and regulates eating contests across the globe, acting as a central resource for the sport. Competitive eating is an event wherein participants consume large quantities of food in a short time period typically 15 minutes or less and the eater of the most food receives Top events include the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, the Wing Bowl, and the Krystal Square Off World Hamburger Eating Championship. The Nathan's International July Fourth Hot Dog Eating Contest is an annual Competitive eating competition held at Nathan's Famous Corporation 's original and best-known Wing Bowl is an annual eating contest founded in 1993 by Philadelphia talk-radio hosts Al Morganti and Angelo Cataldi as a celebration of Gluttony The Krystal Square Off is the official World Hamburger Eating Championship taking place in Chattanooga, Tennessee and is sanctioned by the International Federation The IFOCE was founded in 1997 by brothers George and Richard Shea. Year 1997 ( MCMXCVII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar
The IFOCE counts thousands of gurgitators in its league, including top-ranked eaters such as Takeru Kobayashi of Japan, Joey Chestnut of California, and Sonya Thomas of Virginia. (b March 15, 1978) is a Japanese competitive eater and a member of the International Federation of Competitive Eating (IFOCE Joseph Christian "Jaws" Chestnut (born November 25, 1983) is an American Competitive eater currently ranked first in the world by the Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas (born Lee Sun-kyung (이선경 in 1967 is a top-ranked Korean -born American Competitive eater from The IFOCE develops, promotes and runs more than 100 events in all variety of venues during its annual circuit.
The organization also produces television shows on competitive eating. Competitive eating is an event wherein participants consume large quantities of food in a short time period typically 15 minutes or less and the eater of the most food receives In 2006, the IFOCE produced three hours of programming on ESPN, including a one-hour live show on the 2005 Nathan’s Famous hot dog eating contest and one-hour shows on the Johnsonville Brat contest and the Krystal Hamburger contest. ESPN, originally an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American Cable television network dedicated to The Alka-Seltzer US Open of Competitive eating, a three-hour elimination tournament was a 2005 IFOCE production. In addition, the IFOCE produced four 30-minute shows under the title of Tour de Gorge and six 30-minute shows titled Eats of Strength for INHD. MOJO HD is a subsidiary of iN DEMAND Networks, a leading Pay Per View (PPV and Video on Demand (VOD provider in the United States.
The IFOCE maintains principal offices in New York City and operates in the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada and Thailand. The City of New York The United States of America —commonly referred to as the For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Japan topics. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany ( ˈbʊndəsʁepuˌbliːk ˈdɔʏtʃlant is a Country in Central Europe. Country to "Dominion of Canada" or "Canadian Federation" or anything else please read the Talk Page The Kingdom of Thailand (ˈtaɪlænd ราชอาณาจักรไทย, râːtɕʰa-ʔaːnaːtɕɑ̀k-tʰɑj The Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, the TV Food Network and the UK’s Channel Four have also aired one-hour documentaries on eating and the IFOCE and Fox Television aired a two-hour IFOCE championship. Discovery Channel is an American Satellite and Cable TV channel (also delivered via IPTV, Terrestrial television and The Travel Channel is a Cable television network that features
The IFOCE maintains a ranking system for competitions it has sanctioned. IFOCE safety measures ensure that all sanctioned matches occur in a controlled environment under the supervision of a licensed emergency medical technician and that only individuals over the age of 18 compete.
The famed "Coveted Mustard Yellow Belt," a cultural icon of sorts, was discovered by IFOCE member Mike DeVito in 1993 after being lost for more than two decades in Japan. Michael "The Scholar" DeVito (1961 is a competitive eater and hot dog eating champion and three-time winner of the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, in Devito received the belt after winning an eating match against Orio Ito of Japan. The belt was restored by the Shea brothers, and is now the crown jewel of the competitive eating world. It was previously held by Takeru Kobayashi from 2001 to 2007 but is now currently held by Joey Chestnut. (b March 15, 1978) is a Japanese competitive eater and a member of the International Federation of Competitive Eating (IFOCE Joseph Christian "Jaws" Chestnut (born November 25, 1983) is an American Competitive eater currently ranked first in the world by the
There is some criticism of the contest because not all competitive eaters are able to qualify/compete.