The Salvation Army National Donut Day World Donut Eating Championship

At the world-famous TCL Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard.
June 1, 2018

Great—and delicious—news: The Salvation Army National Donut Day World Donut Eating Championship returns to Major League Eating’s annual slate of sanctioned eating contests for 2018. This year’s event will take place at the world-famous TCL Chinese Theater on the world-famous Hollywood Boulevard. Nothing could be more fitting for this history-making event.

The donut as we know it was a World War One battlefield improvisation. They are the brainchild of Salvation Army “Lassies,” women embedded with US troops on the Western Front who provided crucial support to the war effort. Helmets became deep fryers. Spent artillery shells became dough cutters. Empty wine bottles became rolling pins. And the donut as we know and eat it was born. When US soldiers returned home from Europe, they brought with them their love of the donut, and donut shops and bakeries across the land responded to meet demand. Today, food scholars all agree—no Salvation Army, no US donut culture.

Today, the Salvation Army’s tradition of doing the most good is as strong as ever. All throughout Southern California, The Salvation Army serves veterans in need with a full spectrum of support: employment services, emergency shelters, financial assistance, and more. Major League Eating is honored to join The Salvation Army and their partners BakeMark to raise money and awareness for vital programs that serve veterans on a daily basis.

Do you want to celebrate good deeds and history? Do you have your eyes on Joey Chestnut’s world record 55 donuts in eight minutes? This is The Salvation Army National Donut Day World Donut Eating Championship! At the table or in the crowd—don’t you ever miss it!

This contest will take place at 11:30am on Friday, June 1st, 2018, at the world-famous TCL Chinese Theater, 6925 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028

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