On Sunday, Nov. 7, a host of top-ranked Major League Eaters including Joey “Jaws” Chestnut, will face off at the Masquerade Village Stage inside Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino for the second annual Martorano’s Masters Meatball Eating Championship.
The Major League Eating-sanctioned contest will take place at 12 p.m. and the public is invited to attend. The winner will be distinguished as the Martorano’s Masters Meatball Eating Champion and take home the grand prize of $1,500 cash and a monogram “M” necklace courtesy of Steve Martorano. Second, third and fourth place will take home $750, $500 and $250, respectively.
Defending champion Joey Chestnut, the No. 1-ranked eater in the world, will look to top the 50 2-ounce Martorano’s meatballs he ate in 2009 when he steps to the plate on Nov. 7. Earlier this year, Chestnut won his fourth consecutive July 4th Hot Dog Eating Championship in addition to racking up world titles in burritos (47 in 10 minutes), bratwursts (42 in 10 minutes) and pizza (41 slices in 10 minutes).
The 10-minute contest will feature Martorano’s world-famous meatballs prepared by Cook/Owner Steve Martorano. In an effort to fully honor and respect Martorano’s meatballs, competitors must use a knife and fork during the contest, a stipulation that will further test the skill of the eating professionals. Additional contestants will be announced as they become available.
“I’m very excited for the second annual Martorano’s Masters Meatball Eating contest. It will be amazing to see if Joey Chestnut can win again,” said Steve Martorano. “This is not just another eating contest; the combination of using utensils and the incredible taste of my world-famous meatballs is enough to slow down even the fastest eater.”