Original Hooters to Host World Wing-Eating Championship

Joey “Jaws” Chestnut returns to Clearwater, Fla. next week to defend his championship title in the second annual Hooters World Wing-Eating Championship, Thursday, July 25 at 7 p.m.

Hooters fans are encouraged to come out and join the “nearly world famous” Hooters Girls to cheer on competitors at the Original Hooters, 2800 Gulf to Bay Blvd. The party starts at 6 p.m. with live music by The Black Honkeys.

Held in partnership with Major League Eating (MLE), the event kicks off the Original Hooters’ and the brand’s 30th anniversary, and is the grand finale of the five-city Hooters World Wing-Eating Tour that kicked off in March in Panama City, Fla.

Chestnut will be up against two female competitive eating sensations: Miki Sudo and Michelle Lesco, both of whom bested him in a rib-eating contest in Chicago earlier this year.

The crowning of the Wing-Eating World Champion begins a weekend-long celebration leading up to National Chicken Wing Day on Monday, July 29. That’s the day Hooters locations nationwide will offer an all-you-can-eat chicken wing deal to challenge wing-eating enthusiasts across the country to collectively consume one million chicken wings in a day.

“It’s exciting to host the ‘world’ championship event at the Original Hooters,” said Neil Kiefer, president and CEO of Hooters Management Corp.; “seems only fitting that it be held right here where it all began”.

“Hooters is home to the world’s most delicious chicken wings,” said George Shea, Chairman of Major League Eating. “While each contest will feature Major League Eaters, this tour will once again help us find hidden wing-eating talent. We are searching for a yet-to-be-discovered champion athlete, a born eater with an intuitive understanding of the wing who can test Chestnut’s dominance in the sport.”

About Original Hooters
The Original Hooters is the restaurant that in 1983 launched the brand that now boasts more than 430 locations in 44 states and 27 countries. It is one of 23 Hooters Restaurants owned and operated by Hooters Management Corp. in Tampa Bay, Chicago and Manhattan. To reach the New Original Hooters call 727-797-4008. For more information log on to www.originalhooters.com, become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/originalhooters, or follow them on Twitter @originalhooters.

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. 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.

About Clearwater
Clearwater is an ideal destination for travelers of all ages and interests, occupying prime real estate along Florida’s stunning Gulf Coast. As a top, year round location for both leisure and business, Clearwater boasts an endless supply of sun, warm weather, great dining, and shopping, along with extensive outdoor activities both on land and at sea. Clearwater Beach is consistently ranked among America’s most beautiful and the city is also home to a wide variety of sporting and music events, including Philadelphia Phillies Spring Training and the annual Clearwater Jazz Holiday.

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