St. Elmo Steak House hosts first ever shrimp eating championship

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 27, 2013)– An Indianapolis steak house is hosting a shrimp cocktail eating contest it hopes to make a regular event.

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. 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.