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World's Top Eating Competitors Headed to Downtown Los Angeles for the 12th Annual Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship

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Day-Lee Foods to Donate Thousands of Pounds of Food to the Los
Angeles Regional Food Bank

On Saturday, August 18, the
12th Annual Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship
—the West
Coast's premier eating competition—will host Major League Eating's top
competitive eaters, where they will devour as many Day-Lee
Pride
gyoza (Japanese potstickers) as possible in 10 minutes.

In 2017, Joey
"Jaws" Chestnut
reclaimed his title as THE Gyoza World Champion,
consuming 377 gyoza in competition. Geoffrey Esper took second with 317
while Matt "The Megatoad" Stonie landed in third place with 291.
Rounding out 2017's top five were Darron Breeden (250) and Miki Sudo
(200). Chestnut set the current world record in the discipline in 2014
when he ate 384 gyoza in 10 minutes.

Competitors will be vying for a $6,000 cash purse. The roster includes:
Chestnut (ranked #1 by Major
League Eating [MLE]
), Stonie (#3), Esper (#4), Sudo (#5), Gideon Oji
(#6), Adrian Morgan (#7), Breeden (#8), Michelle Lesco (#9), Juan
Rodriguez (#12), Rich LeFevre (#13), Erik Denmark (#15), Steve Hendry
(#16), Pablo Martinez (# 17), Badlands Booker (#18), Derek Jacobs (#
21), Juan Neave (#23), Jon Bello (#30), and Sarah Reinecke (#36).

Day-Lee
has been making their famous high-quality gyoza with generous filling,
less dough, and no MSG for decades. Day-Lee Foods—who also makes line of
authentic, premium-quality Asian food—will be again partnering with the Los
Angeles Regional Food Bank
and donating a case of product for every
plate of 25 gyoza consumed in the contest. For every pound of gyoza
eaten, 20 pounds of food will be donated to help alleviate hunger in Los
Angeles. "Last year, we nearly tripled our case-per-plate commitment,
and we look forward to giving back again this year," said Craig
Jaunzemis, Director of Marketing at Day-Lee Foods.

Taking place during the 78th Los
Angeles Nisei Week Japanese Festival
, the eating championship is
hosted by the Nisei Week Foundation and sanctioned by MLE and the
International Federation of Competitive Eating (IFOCE). The main event
will take place at the Japanese
American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC)
Plaza in Los Angeles'
Little Tokyo district. The JACCC Plaza is located at 244 S. San Pedro
Street, LA, CA 90012. The main event will commence at 3:00 PM following
the Little Tokyo Eating Championship amateur contest at 2:00 PM, the
Crazy Cuizine Ninin Baori contest at 2:15 PM, and the LAPD vs. LAFD
Gyoza Showdown at 2:30 PM.

"The Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship has been a mainstay
event on our calendar for over a decade," said Rich Shea, president of
Major League Eating and the International Federation of Competitive
Eating (IFOCE). "It's been four years since Joey set the world record of
384 gyoza in 10 minutes, and the eyes of the world will turn their focus
on Los Angeles to see if 2018 is the year that record is broken."

Admission is free; limited seating and ample standing room will be
available. The event will feature food, vendor booths, the Nisei Week
Beer Garden, and post-contest entertainment. Additional information can
be found online at Facebook
(/GyozaChampionship)
, Twitter
(@EatMoreGyoza)
, and Instagram
(@EatMoreGyoza)
.

About Day-Lee Foods, Inc.

Day-Lee Foods, Inc., a leader in authentic Asian cuisine, manufactures
two frozen food brands for retail and foodservice customers: Day-Lee
Pride
, a line of six different types of gyoza found in Asian and
Japanese grocery stores throughout the U.S.; and Crazy
Cuizine
, a line of premium-quality Asian classics such as Mandarin
Orange Chicken, Teriyaki Chicken, Korean BBQ, and Chicken & Pork
Potstickers.

About the Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship

The Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship is hosted annually by
the Nisei Week Foundation at the Los Angeles Nisei Week Japanese
Festival and sanctioned by Major League Eating (MLE) and the
International Federation of Competitive Eating (IFOCE). Since 2006, the
contest has quickly become a marquee event on the MLE calendar,
attracting the best of the best to see who can eat the most Day-Lee
Pride gyoza in 10 minutes.

About the 2018 Los Angeles Nisei Week Japanese Festival

The Nisei Week Japanese Festival is recognized as one of the
longest-running ethnic festivals in the United States. It is a nine-day
event that spans two weekends and celebrates Japanese and Japanese
American culture with exhibitions, demonstrations, entertainment, food,
and fun. All proceeds benefit the Nisei Week Foundation, a nonprofit
501(c)(3) charitable organization. The 2018 festival will take place in
Los Angeles' Little Tokyo district from August 11-19. For more
information, visit NiseiWeek.org.

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