Husband & Wife Competitive Eaters To Go Head-To-Head On San Diego's U.S.S. Midway

May 27, 2023

The top-ranked female competitive eater in the world will face off against her pro-eater future husband in a donut eating contest on San Diego's U.S.S. Midway. 

The number-one-ranked female competitive eater in the world, Miki Sudo, will face off against her fiancé & number-four-ranked eater Nick Wehry, plus several other top-ranked eaters at the fifth-annual National Donut Day World Donut-Eating Championship hosted by The Salvation Army. The event, part of a fundraising challenge for much-needed veteran services in greater Los Angeles, will take place at 9:30am this Friday, June 2, aboard the U.S.S. Midway in downtown San Diego. 

Eaters will have eight minutes to consume as many BakeMark Donuts as possible. At last year's event, Miki Sudo claimed victory after eating 39.5 donuts in eight minutes. This year, all competitors will set out to surpass the record Joey Chestnut set in 2017 after eating an astonishing 55 donuts in eight minutes. Many have tried, but none have succeeded to-date. Competitors include No. 1-ranked female competitive eater Miki Sudo from Port Richey, FL; No. 4-ranked Nick Wehry from Port Richey, FL; No. 23-ranked Derek Hendrickson from Las Vegas, NV, and more. 

"Major League Eating is honored to partner with the Salvation Army in supporting our veterans,” said MLE emcee Sam Barclay. “MLE competitors will surely make donut day history with the historic military delicacy." 

This event is part of The Salvation Army'[s annual tradition, National Donut Day, which began in 1938 as a fundraiser that honored the memory of The Salvation Army's volunteer "Donut Lassies," who served some of the comforts of home (donuts and coffee) to soldiers during World War I. At the time, these volunteers were the only female non-military personnel stationed on the front lines, and they prepared the donuts using hot oil, a stove, and the steel helmets made by the U.S. military. 

The National Donut Day World Donut-Eating Championship will take place at 9:30am local time on Friday, June 2,, aboard the U.S.S. Midway, located at 910 North Harbor Drive in downtown San Diego. For more information, visit