Month: October 2016

Joey Chestnut Wins the 2016 World Chili Eating Championship!

Joey Chestnut broke the world record by eating 2 1/4 gallons of Ben’s Chili Bowl’s Chili Con Carne at the 6th annual Ben’s Chili Bowl World Chili Eating Championship at the Taste of DC in Washington DC. October 8, 2016.  Congrats!

Check out the competition and the results below:

World Chili Eating Champ JOEY CHESTNUT IS BACK!

The 6th Annual Ben’s Chili Bowl’s World Chili Eating Championship



Ben’s Chili Bowl, known as the Home of the Original Half Smoke for over 58 years, has now also become known for the famous World Chili Eating Championship. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, October 8th.

Military Eating Contest:  This is one of the ways Ben’s is honored to show appreciation to all military personnel.  This fun event always brings out the competitive spirit between the different branches of our armed forces.

Professional Eating Contest:  Now in it’s 6th year, we are excited to announce that defending champ Joey Chestnut, ranked the world’s #1 professional eater, is back in DC to defend his title!  He will be challenged by some of the top professional eaters: Carmen Cincotti, Yasir Salem, Juliet Lee, Eric Booker, Brian Dudzinsky and more.

*Meet the Champ:  On Friday, October 7th at 2PM you can meet defending champion Joey Chestnut in person when he visits the historic Ben’s Chili Bowl on U Street!


2016 World Chili Eating Championship

When:  Saturday, October 8th

Where:  Taste of DC – Main Stage

Military Competition:  2:30PM

Professional Competition: 3:00PM


Calling all members of the military community! The Taste of DC has a few spaces remaining for our 2016 Military Ben’s Chili Bowl Chili Eating Championship, and we want YOU!

What: 2016 Military Ben’s Chili Bowl Chili Eating Championship
When: THIS Saturday, October 8, at The Taste of DC Festival (participants must arrive by 1:30pm)
Who: Any active or retired member of the military. Chosen participants will represent their branch of service, so send your best!

Prizes – YES! There are CASH prizes for the winners!
1st: $500
2nd: $ 250
3rd: $150

All participants will compete in a timed chili eating competition on our main stage just before the professional eating contest, and will receive free VIP entry to the festival in return for their participation! All eaters will compete to finish either two bowls of chili, or as much as possible in the 5 minutes allotted.

Ready to sign up? Great! Click here and answer a couple of very quick questions. We’ll be in touch ASAP!


*Taste of DC ( will take over Pennsylvania Avenue on Columbus Day weekend Saturday, October 8 and Sunday October 9, 2016. The Mid-Atlantic’s largest culinary festival, established in 1989, will bring to America’s Main Street two days of the region’s very best food, drink and entertainment.

For additional information please contact Vida Ali at (310) 859-4730 or via email.