I've been trying to get my boyfriend to dress up as champion eater Takeru Kobayashi for Halloween for a while now, but now that Kobayashi has his own line of t-shirts, maybe he'll actually consider it. (Think about it: just a t-shirt with some strategically placed ketchup stains, shorts and a hot dog. So easy.)
Kobayashi admits he didn't have a hand in designing the shirts, but they're still pretty funny. They say things like: "Kobayashi Eats Chestnuts for Breakfasts," "Kobayashi Ate My Homework" and of course "Kobayashi Banzai."
Thrillist caught up with the competitive eating star today and got a little insight into his own personal hot dog habits.
Do you ever casually enjoy a hot dog? Yes, I do.
What do you put on it? Ketchup and mustard.
Do you have a favorite brand? (Laughs) Most people call me the Hot Dog King, but I can't answer your question until I try all of the different hot dogs.