INDIANAPOLIS — World-champion competitive eaters Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo will be competing in the annual St. Elmo Shrimp Cocktail Eating Championship on Saturday, Dec. 19, to raise money for three nonprofit organizations.
Their goal? To eat 100 bowls of the St. Elmo Shrimp Cocktail in 20 minutes. Despite its fame for the level of spice and heat it carries, Chestnut holds the record of having consumed 18 pounds, or the equivalent of 46.5 orders from the restaurant, in eight minutes. Sudo finished second in the 2015 championship, eating 7 pounds .42 ounces in eight minutes.
As part of the Big Ten Football Championship game festivities, the contest is usually held in-person, but this year it will be streamed entirely online on Facebook Live due to the pandemic.
Starting at 11 a.m., Chestnut and Sudo will square-off to raise funds for the Peyton Manning Children's Hospital, Gleaner's Food Bank, and Wheeler Mission. Fans can donate online for every bowl of St. Elmo Shrimp Cocktail consumed by the competitors. Prices range from $10 to $1,000 and will all be divided up evenly amongst the organizations.
Donors contributing $1,000 or more will receive a Huse Culinary prize pack and autographed items from Chestnut. Donors contributing $5,000 or more will receive a private dinner with Chestnut in the Wine Cellar at St. Elmo Steak House for up to six people in 2021.
The Big Ten Football Championship Game between Ohio State University and Northwestern is scheduled for kickoff at Noon. Click here to view the Facebook Live event. To donate, visit the EventBrite page.