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Martorano's Masters Meatball Eating Championship: One Meaty Challenge

If you've always wanted to see grown men and women scarf down copious amounts of meat for a cash prize,  then the Martorano Masters Meatball-Eating Championship at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is your opportunity to see professional eaters do some serious damage to both meatballs and their lower intestines.


The championship eating contest is sanctioned by the International Federation of Competitive Eating,

the same people who bring you the annual Nathan's hot dog-eating

competition, the Jake Melnick's Battle of the Bhut XXX Hot Wing Eating

Championship, and the Isle Biloxi Peanut Butter & Banana Sandwich Eating World Championship.


This is the third annual Martorano Meatball Championship, but the first held in South Florida (the previous two were held in Las Vegas).

Contestants will battle each other in a game of skill, wits, and guts as they eat as many of Steve Martorano's signature meatballs as

they can in ten minutes. Lucky for us, the spectators, this is a

utensils-only event, which means you can bring the kids without

having to explain to them that they still have to use a knife and fork to eat their meatballs.


At stake is a $3,000 purse as well as bragging rights. The festivities

start at 4 p.m., with the competition at 5. Admission

is free. Food trucks and an amateur meatball-eating contest between Eagles and Dolphins fans will be held.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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