• American History With Momma Molar

    American History with Momma Molar

    “Bowers?... Bowers?...” The social worker scanned the airport terminal as I happily chewed on my fist with my toothless, slobbery smile. “We’re here!” My new family gestured to her. With that, me and all of my belongings were delivered into the arms of my waiting mother. My parents would probably describe me as “a handful from day one”, but there wasn't much to hold. At twelve pounds, I was roughly the same weight as a bald eagle when I arrived in the United States. Only five months old, I came with the bare essentials: a t-shirt, a diaper, and a pacifier. A baby like me didn’t own much. In spite of my humble beginnings, someone was kind enough to give me the gift of my only luxury item on the journey from Korea - a tiny flag with stars and stripes, representing the place that would become my home.
  • Wisdom from the Miss Hooters International Pageant

    Letter to My 13-Year-Old Self: Wisdom from the Miss Hooters International Pageant

    July 17, 2017
    Dear Mary: As I stand here, gazing at you from the future, I am so incredibly proud of who you are and who you will become. It’s challenging when so many people are asking what you would like to be when you grow up, though you are still not even sure who you are right now. That’s okay. There are people here who will love you, encourage you, and inspire you. You will believe in the beauty of their dreams as much as they believe in yours. I know you often have the feeling that you don’t really fit. You are a fish out of water. I would love to tell you that the feeling subsides, but I still don’t know if it will ever go away. But I can assure you that you will gain a sense of ease about being different. It will become your greatest strength. You will be the fish who grew lungs – a mermaid! The world you will grow up to live in is one where war and peace, poverty and abundance, hate and love all continue to exist. There will be moments that remind you to always remain hopeful. I spent some time at the Hooters World Wing Eating Championship and Miss Hooters International Pageant last week. It was one of those moments. There is more to the restaurant than chicken wings, as delicious as they are. It’s called “comfort food” for a reason. Here are a few words of comfort from the future to carry you through time, until you can meet your friends in person.
  • Meet the Wind Beneath Our Chicken Wings: 73 Questions with Geoff Esper

    73 Questions with Geoff Esper

    Las Vegas is the playground where anything is possible. Few things are surprising in a place where jackpots are won with a pull of a lever or fortunes are lost with a shuffle of the cards. That is, until the day when Geoff Esper shocked the city with a record-breaking 250 wing victory at the Hooters World Wing Eating Contest, beating out favorites Joey "Jaws" Chestnut and Matt "Megatoad" Stonie to take home the $8500 cash prize. Whatever Geoff is doing, you can deal us in! Roll the dice and read; here are 73 questions with "Cool Hand" Geoff.
  • The Competitive Eater's Workout: Pumping Iron

    The Competitive Eater’s Guide to Fitness

    July 9, 2017
    Fitness? More like fitness whole pizza in my mouth! But seriously, cardio is important! As a competitive eater, I’m often asked about my exercise regimen. Unlike what I do at eating contests, I have mostly kept my mouth shut! But not anymore. I’m finally ready to share my detailed step-by-step routine so we can workout together! Ready to pump iron with me? Crank up some jams to keep you motivated, lace up your sneakers and stay hydrated! Ready, set… GO!