3. Moe’s Southwest Grill’s Burritos-for-Life Contest, New York, New York, USA. In what appears to be a one-off event for the franchise, the competitor who finishes the most burritos in eight minutes gets more than 2,000 over the rest of his or her life.


4. Chili Eating World Championship–August; Tempere, Finland.

While many in the eating-competition world know of IFOCE’s La Costena Jalapeno Eating Contest, this championship in Finland ups the heat ante with the world’s hottest chili, the naga morich or “ghost chili.” Whereas a jalapeno contains 2,500-8,000 Scoville heat units, a ghost chili contains over 1 million. The winner gets a free trip to the UK’s Fiery Foods Festival.