The 9th Annual Smoke’s Poutinerie World Poutine Eating Championship wrapped on Saturday, October 13 at Yonge-Dundas Square with an unprecedented final tally of $110,723.17 raised to benefit Friends of We Care. Twenty-seven Canadian CEO’s took part in the CEO Charity Eat-Off contributing an incredible $105,000. The number continued to climb throughout the day as funds from donations on-site were added to the largest single donation that the event has generated since its inception in 2010.
The CEO Charity Eat-Off has now raised over $200,000 in charitable donations for national charity partner, Friends of We Care. In addition to CEO’s bringing their own form of entertainment to raise donations, additional funds were raised on-site at the two competing Smoke’s Poutinerie food trucks, the Friends of We Care S’mores Station and donation boxes located throughout the square. The title of the 2-minute charity competition was claimed by Steve Marshall, President of Magnum Food Brokers Inc.
“#WPEC2018 was epic in more ways than one!” says Ryan Smolkin, CEO (Chief Entertainment Officer) of Smoke’s Poutinerie and creative genius behind WPEC. “Not only were we totally stoked to host an amazing roster of amateurs, CEO’s, and the best professional eaters in the world, this year marked the greatest year in WPEC history benefiting our amazing charity partner Friends of We Care. Our mission has always been to entertain our fans, but WPEC is much more than just free poutine and competitive eating. The 9th Annual WPEC showed what Plaid Nation can really do to help others!
The LARGEST Poutine Eating Competition and 2nd largest Professional Eating Competition in the world, sanctioned by Major League Eating (MLE), also featured two more gravy-fueled eating competitions including the Amateur Eat-Off, and the main event Professional Eat-Off.
This year, fans witnessed an unmatched lineup of eleven of the best professional eaters in the world who took to the main stage with the goal of capturing the title of World Poutine Eating Champion! After a grueling 10-minute competition, the world #1 ranked professional eater Joey ‘Jaws’ Chestnut of San Jose, California re-claimed the championship with an impressive 17.5 lbs. of poutine consumed. Chestnut’s victory came as he narrowly beat the 2nd Place competitor Darron Breeden (#5 ranked eater) of Orange, Virginia who ate 16 lbs. 3rd Place was awarded to the top-ranked female professional eater in the world (#7 ranked eater overall), Miki Sudo of Las Vegas, Nevada as she finished with 15 lbs.
The Amateur Eat-Off saw aspiring eaters from the Official Regional Qualifier Competitions square off with Joel Hansen from Waterloo, Ontario claiming 1st Place consuming 8.5 lbs. of poutine in 5 minutes. Kelowna, British Columbia’s Dan Audy finished in 2ndPlace having eaten 4 lbs., and Stephen Blohm of Oshawa, Ontario coming in 3rd Place with 2.5 lbs.
Smoke’s Poutinerie brought their ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Stage Show to Yonge & Dundas Square as KISS cover band Destroyer ROCKED with their legendary live show! Fans received FREE poutine all day long along with free samples of Tennent’s Lager and Magners Irish Cider, Monster Energy’s Get Gronked Nerf Football Activation & sampling, mini gaming tournaments from Activision with the release of the next installment in the Call of Duty franchise – Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Smoke’s Cabin with Creative Club and much more!
MAJOR LEAGUE EATING OFFICIAL RESULTS:
- Joey Chestnut 17.5 lbs
- Darron Breeden 16 lbs
- Miki Sudo 15 lbs
- Matt Stonie12.5 lbs
- George Chiger 11.5 lbs
- Badlands Booker 10 lbs
- Derek Jacobs 9.5 lbs
- Darrien Thomas 8 lbs
- Buffalo Jim 7.5 lbs
- Jesse Kankula and Wild Bill Myers
About Smoke’s Poutinerie
Founded in 2009 by creative genius Ryan Smolkin, Smoke’s Poutinerie is the World’s Largest & Original Poutinerie. Notorious for its signature lumberjack plaid, 80’s glam rock music and Canadiana culture, Smoke’s Poutinerie serves over 30 varieties of its famous Poutine. With 150-plus locations throughout Canada and the United States, the brand is on course for “GLOBAL DOMINATION!”
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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. The competitive eating community is made up of more than 8,000 veteran and rookie gurgitators who travel the nation in search of top titles and the glory that they provide. For more information, visit www.IFOCE.com, www.facebook.com/eatfastor twitter @eatingcontest.