Fink Beats The Stomach
James Splendore & Mike Sullivan discuss all things competitive eating
info_outline Episode 83 - Leah Shutkever on Girl v. Food & Road To Coney 2019 Preview 02/20/2019
Episode 83 - Leah Shutkever on Girl v. Food & Road To Coney 2019 Preview
info_outline Episode 82 - 100+lb Burger Challenge with Nick Wehry & The Fourth Finkie Awards Announcement 12/02/2018
Episode 82 - 100+lb Burger Challenge with Nick Wehry & The Fourth Finkie Awards Announcement
info_outline Episode 81 - End of Wing Bowl, STITCH, and Fortune Bay Indian Tacos 11/17/2018
Episode 81 - End of Wing Bowl, STITCH, and Fortune Bay Indian Tacos
info_outline Episode 80 - MLE Quickfire, Chef One Dumplings, and Carmen Cincotti's Retirement 10/13/2018
Episode 80 - MLE Quickfire, Chef One Dumplings, and Carmen Cincotti's Retirement
info_outline Episode 79 - White Hut & Contest Improvement Brainstorm 09/22/2018
Episode 79 - White Hut & Contest Improvement Brainstorm
info_outline Episode 78 - Buffalo Recap & What Makes A Good Eating Event 09/11/2018
Episode 78 - Buffalo Recap & What Makes A Good Eating Event
info_outline Episode 77 - Cory Hayahi Interview (Gyoza Wrap Up) & Updates to the MLE Top 50 08/24/2018
Episode 77 - Cory Hayahi Interview (Gyoza Wrap Up) & Updates to the MLE Top 50
info_outline Episode 76 - Gyoza Preview with Lesley Ryder & Esper's 2018 Dominance 08/17/2018
Episode 76 - Gyoza Preview with Lesley Ryder & Esper's 2018 Dominance
info_outline Episode 75 - Nathan's 2018 Wrap Up with Ken Hoffman Interview (Joey Chestnut's Hot Dog Counter) 07/14/2018
Episode 75 - Nathan's 2018 Wrap Up with Ken Hoffman Interview (Joey Chestnut's Hot Dog Counter)
info_outline Coney 2018 - Rene & Kristina Rovtar - Syracuse, NY & Norfolk, VA 06/30/2018
Coney 2018 - Rene & Kristina Rovtar - Syracuse, NY & Norfolk, VA
info_outline Coney 2018 - Adrian "The Rabbit" Morgan - Arlington, TX 06/26/2018
Coney 2018 - Adrian "The Rabbit" Morgan - Arlington, TX
info_outline Coney 2018 - Derek Jacobs & Holly Titus - Cincinnati, OH 06/23/2018
Coney 2018 - Derek Jacobs & Holly Titus - Cincinnati, OH
info_outline Coney 2018 - Michelle "Cardboard Shell" Lesco & Max Suzuki - Las Vegas, NV 06/03/2018
Coney 2018 - Michelle "Cardboard Shell" Lesco & Max Suzuki - Las Vegas, NV
info_outline Episode 73 - Rise of the Middle of the Pack 05/31/2018
Episode 73 - Rise of the Middle of the Pack The Fink Brothers are joined by the great Daniel J. Girgis to discuss the Aebleskiver & Shirmp Eating Championship. There was also a twitter storm over the past few days, where people were discussing Kobi and a potential return. NY Post had a half page spread & we discuss!
info_outline Coney 2018 - Pablo Martinez & Kat Tesch - Ft. Myers, FL 05/21/2018
Coney 2018 - Pablo Martinez & Kat Tesch - Ft. Myers, FL
info_outline Episode 72 - I'm Just A Normal Guy 05/16/2018
Episode 72 - I'm Just A Normal Guy The Owensboro International Bar-B-Q Festival World Mutton Sandwich Eating Championship is in the books and we have the results! Also, breaking down one of the oddest press bits we've ever seen with Joey Chestnut "sneaking" into an eating establishment. Later we discuss our suggestions on giving spotlights to more eaters & something on the indie scene that seems to be doing the trick!
info_outline Coney 2018 - Rich "The Locust" LeFevre - Valencia, CA 05/13/2018
Coney 2018 - Rich "The Locust" LeFevre - Valencia, CA
info_outline Coney 2018 - Matt "Hungry" Hazzard - Valdosta, GA 05/07/2018
Coney 2018 - Matt "Hungry" Hazzard - Valdosta, GA April 21st, 2018 was a day so prestigious that it needed two Nathan's qualifiers! The first took "wild" and "adventures" to a whole new level. Mostly by combining them into a venue name - Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta, Georgia. Matt "Hungry" Hazzard (Unranked) & Dee Martin (Unranked) took their competitive eating careers to new heights, as they both secured their spots for July 4th. Mr. Hazzard joins the Finks solo for this latest spotlight. Mrs. Martin never returned our messages and is probably using her better judgement keeping away from us. Regardless, Matt proves he is an upstanding gentlemen & competitor all while discussing his competitive eating origins, his experience in Valdosta, and what he hopes to accomplish on the 4th. Perhaps most notably, an interesting wager is made between Hazzard & Fink - tune in to find out the details!!
info_outline Episode 71 - The Trees Are Huge 05/05/2018
Episode 71 - The Trees Are Huge Three condiments & two contests - That is on the docket for this episode of FBTS. Joey Chestnut has launched his condiment line and we are trying it out live in studio! I am sure this type of visual/tasty activity will translate very well to audio podcasting. Then we discuss The John's Incredible Pizza World Pizza Eating Championship, as well as the National Sweet Corn Eating Championship. Can Esper's arms get any bigger? Is Matt Stonie in trouble going into the 4th? Can Carmen look more like serial killer? All this and more!
info_outline Coney 2018 - Juan Neave & "Princess" Kassie Zapata - Poteet, TX 04/21/2018
Coney 2018 - Juan Neave & "Princess" Kassie Zapata - Poteet, TX It was April 14th, 2018 and the smell of strawberries & Hot Dogs were in the air. The Lone Star State would welcome two young stars to the ranks of competitors for Coney Island. Poteet, Texas hosted a one of the most competitive qualifiers we have seen thus far on the 2018 circuit. Juan Neave (Ranked #23) & "Princess" Kassie Zapata (Ranked #43) proved victorious for the second year in a row as a qualifying (platonic) pair. The dynamic Texan duo joins the Finks to talk about the qualifier and beyond. Kassie discusses her post contest meal, how she was proposed to, and if she has a rivalry with the famed Mary Bowers. Juan proves he is here to stay and gives insight into his view on competitive eating, which is shockingly deep. Too much information? Perhaps. Entertaining? Always.
info_outline Coney 2018 - Eric "Badlands" Booker & Tracie "Shark" Dickerson - Miami, FL 04/14/2018
Coney 2018 - Eric "Badlands" Booker & Tracie "Shark" Dickerson - Miami, FL On March 31st, 2018, Miami hosted the first 2018 qualifier on the Road to Coney 2018. Hot Dogs, Sunshine, and America's Past Time. Marlins Park housed an event of epic proportions. The crowd roared as the People's Champ Eric "Badlands" Booked (Ranked #18) secured his 20th berth for the mustard yellow belt. However, a newcomer perhaps stole the show as Tracie "Shark" Dickerson (Unranked) won in her debut with an overtime eat off!! There is a ton to discuss as these two join the Fink Brothers to talk about the past, present, and future of their careers in Competitive Eating. Tracie explains her fandom of the Nathan's contest, paints a wonderful picture of her perfect July 4th evening, and the connection she had with the crowd in Miami. The Bad Man drops knowledge like only he can with what keeps his fire burning, why Coney is so special, and more!! Make sure you listen to the end for an EXCLUSIVE surprise just for the listeners of Fink Beats The Stomach!!
info_outline Episode 70 - Don't Try This At Home 04/08/2018
Episode 70 - Don't Try This At Home Is 2018 the year of the small town contest? James made the prediction and it seems to be coming true. As a way to keep the momentum, the Fink Brothers suggest their own ideas for future small town eating contests. Next, hide your kids... this one isn't for the weak stomach. The Truth, Gideon Oji drops by to discuss his new YouTube channel and his debut video. If you are brave, listen in as the Truth discusses what it is like to eat 50+ eggs including the shells!
info_outline Coney 2018 - Ronnie "DizzleFlex" Hartman & Brynn Szeles - Nashville, TN 03/24/2018
Coney 2018 - Ronnie "DizzleFlex" Hartman & Brynn Szeles - Nashville, TN The Music City was playing a tune of patriotism & victory when the final count was made on October 10th, 2017. Tootsie's Orchid Lounge in Nashville, Tennessee hosted the final qualifier in 2017 for the 2018 Road To Coney. James was pleased. FINALLY, after a multi-year absence, Ronnie "DizzleFlex" Hartman (Ranked #32) dominated the competition by devouring 28.75 HDB. But one can't forget the newcomer - Brynn Szeles (unranked) emerged onto the scene & topped the women with 8.75 HDB. Join us as we chat with these two to talk about their long Road to Coney. Uncover the surprising & heartwarming past that lead Brynn to the table in Nashville. Hear about what kept Ronnie's fire burning, even after disappointing qualifiers in the past. Also, the goals & dreams for the 4th and much much more! This is one for the books!!
info_outline Episode 69 - Chance is Famous 03/14/2018
Episode 69 - Chance is Famous Come celebrate #NationalCerealDay with us as we discuss our bowl of choice! Also, we are breaking down what we know of the results of the Croqueta Eating Championship. Unfortunately, what we know consists of a tweet & non-relevant Facebook live streams. We'll figure something out!
info_outline Coney 2018 - Erik "The Red" Denmark & "Unstoppable B.A.B" Sarah Reinecke - Portland, OR 03/10/2018
Coney 2018 - Erik "The Red" Denmark & "Unstoppable B.A.B" Sarah Reinecke - Portland, OR The Pacific Northwest was an area that yearned for a Nathan's qualifier. They finally got their wish on September 4th, 2017. It was housed within the Bite of Oregon food festival - a four day event celebrating all things Oregonian cuisine while raising money for the Special Olympics. A noble cause that is a perfect match for the noble performances from, Erik "The Red" Denmark (Ranked #15) & the "Unstoppable B.A.B." Sarah Reinecke (Ranked #36) as they take their place at the table on July 4th. During this Spotlight, Erik talks about his 28 HDB performance & how it stacks up against his long history of qualifiers. Sarah goes over her personal best of 17 HDB in Oregon and how she views herself against her other female competitors. All this plus the old school vs. new school of eating, what the purpose of competitive eating REALLY is, and much more!
info_outline Episode 68 - Touring The Poppy Fields 03/02/2018
Episode 68 - Touring The Poppy Fields The 2018 MLE season has begun & the Fink Brothers are breaking it down! Listen in to hear their thoughts on the contest, results, and implications for the rest of the year. If that wasn't enough, the Chili Champion himself, Carmen "The Mutiny"" Cincotti drops in to give his first hand insight into the contest & NJ transit. However before we get into any of that, Joey Chestnut has announced a signature condiment line! What the heck is Coney Sauce?
info_outline Coney 2018 - Sophia DeVita & Juan "More Bite" Rodriguez - Des Moines, IA 02/17/2018
Coney 2018 - Sophia DeVita & Juan "More Bite" Rodriguez - Des Moines, IA On August 12th, 2017, the Road to Coney 2018 officially began. The Iowa State Fair hosted the first qualifier for the 2018 Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Championship. A contest that is set to occur 326 days from the Iowa contest. When it was all said and done, Sophia DeVita (Ranked #24) & Juan "More Bite" Rodriguez (Ranked #12) secured their spot at the biggest table in sports by eating 19 & 28.5 Hot Dogs & Buns respectively. During this Spotlight, listen in to hear insights from both competitors as they prepare for Coney Island. How did wedding season play into Juan's choice of qualifier? Does Sophia eat hot dogs casually anymore? What do these competitors want the people to take from their performance on the 4th? All this, controversial statements, hot takes, and more!