St. Elmo to Test Championship Eaters

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The title of Shrimp Cocktail-Eating Champion of the World will be up for grabs next month in Indianapolis. Joey Chestnut and other Major League Eating competitors will take part in a St. Elmo Shrimp Cocktail eating competition before the Big Ten Championship football game. Competitors will have eight minutes to consume as much shrimp cocktail as possible. November 27, 2013

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INDIANAPOLIS – World champion Joey Chestnut and other top Major League Eaters (MLE) will compete on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at 3 p.m. for the title of Shrimp Cocktail-Eating Champion of the World at The World Famous St. Elmo Shrimp Cocktail Eating Championship—Located at the Meijer Tail Greater Party on Georgia Street.

The event will take place before the Buckeyes of Ohio State and the Spartans of Michigan State face off in the third annual Big Ten Football Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium.

"On the same day as the Big Ten Football Championship, fans will be able to experience the ultimate eating contest," said Craig Huse, co-proprietor of St. Elmo Steak House. "It will be staggering to see how many pounds of shrimp that the eaters can devour while experiencing the sinus-clearing, head rush imparted by our St. Elmo Cocktail Sauce."

Eaters will have eight minutes to consume as much shrimp cocktail as possible. However, competitors may be tempted to slow down due to the fiery, horseradish-laden heat packed in St. Elmo’s legendary cocktail sauce, which was deemed the world’s spiciest food by a Travel Channel writer. Since 1902, the legendary appetizer has collected a legion of well-known fans including Neil Patrick Harris, Tony Dungy and comedian Jimmy Fallon.

Joey Chestnut is expected to set a shrimp cocktail-eating world record, having recently set world records in Twinkies, hard-boiled eggs, ice cream and ribs. In addition to the title of Shrimp Cocktail-Eating Champion of the World, at stake is a $2,000 cash purse, with $1,000 going to the winner, and $500, $300 and $200 going to the second, third and fourth place finishers, respectively.

“Having a historic figure like Joey Chestnut consume a historic dish like the World Famous St. Elmo Shrimp Cocktail is thrilling to those who treasure athletic competition and American exceptionalism,” said George Shea, MLE chair.About The Big Ten Football Championship Game:

The third annual Big Ten Football Championship Game will be played on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, with kick-off set for 8:17 p.m. EST. The Championship Game, featuring the champion of the Legends Division facing the champion of the Leaders Division, will be broadcast nationally on FOX. The winner earns the Big Ten Championship and a chance to play in one of two postseason games hosted at historic Rose Bowl Stadium this season, the 100th Rose Bowl Game on January 1, 2014 or the BCS National Championship Game on January 6, 2014. Wisconsin won the first two Big Ten Football Championship Games, edging Michigan State in the inaugural game in 2011 before defeating Nebraska last season.

About St. Elmo Steak House

Since 1902, St. Elmo Steak House has offered guests perfectly aged steaks, tender pork chops, superb guest service and its world famous St. Elmo Shrimp Cocktail®. For many first-time, unsuspecting guests who order the notorious sinus clearing dish, the “head rush” of horseradish is an unforgettable experience. St. Elmo is an independent restaurant in Indianapolis and is only open for dinner. Sister restaurant, Harry & Izzy’s, shares the same world-class service and some of the same classic dishes including the St. Elmo Shrimp Cocktail. For more information, visit StElmos.com.

About Major League Eating

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. The competitive eating community, which numbers more than 8,000 veteran and rookie athletes, travels the World in search of top titles and the glory that they provide. For more information, visit www.majorleagueeating.com or follow us on Twitter @eatingcontest.

Source: Major League Eating, Indiana Sports Corp.