Jumping out to an early lead and holding on until the end, Matthew Stonie consumed 24 gyros to defeat No. 1 ranked Joey Chestnut and take home the title belt at the Niko Niko’s World Gyro Eating Championship at the Houston Greek Festival held at St. Basil the Great Greek Orthodox Church on Sunday, May 18, 2014.
Stonie, the number two ranked eater in the world, was second to Chestnut in 2013, consuming 20 gyros for his second place finish.
Chestnut, which goes by the nickname of “Jaws,” came into this year’s championship as the world record holder, consuming 22.25 gyros in 2013.
It was a close match from the start, with Stonie establishing his lead from the first gyro and keeping a one to two gyro lead over Chestnut throughout the 10 minute contest.
Jaws ate 21 gyros for his second place finish, slightly behind his 2013 performance.
However, when it was all said, eaten and done; the day, the match, and the world champion performance belonged to Stonie.
“Megatoad” as he is known in eating circles, was looking to improve on is 2013 finish and have a good performance in Houston and when questioned about how he felt about the win, he responded:
“It felt amazing. I’ve done this contest, I think it’s my fourth year now and all I’ve been is second or third so it felt great.”
When asked about if he had set a goal to eat a set number of gyros or to beat Chestnut, he replied:
“I was always trying to beat Joey. A world record is nice but it’s always about first place
So I felt good this morning and it turned out good.”
With the win, Stonie pocketed $2,500 and Chestnut took home $1,200.
The event was hosted by Niko Niko’s Greek and American Café in Houston who invited 12 of the top eaters to compete for the title belt.
Megatoad will next compete in the Pepperoni Roll Eating World Championships at the West Virginia Three Rivers Festival.
Following that, Stonie and Chestnut will face some of the top eaters in the world at the Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Championship on July 4 in New York City.