'Competitive Eating' on Serious Eats

Competitive Eater Takeru Kobayashi Fails to Break Guinness Fastest Pizza-Eating Record

We saw this story about Takeru Kobayashi's failed attempt to break the Guinness record for fastest pizza-eating, but here's some more perspective on it courtesy of Slice'r Tommy, from New Zealand, home of the current record-holder. —AK Hey, Adam, Greetings from Wellington, New Zealand. You may have caught wind of this story already, but I thought i'd pass it on anyway: http://www.3news.co.nz/Japanese-eater-fails-to-beat-Kiwis-pizza-record/tabid/415/articleID/186429/Default.aspx/ I believe it has been reported in a few U.S. newspapers and websites also.I make pizza for Scopa, the New Zealand restaurant that organised the competition that gave birth to the current Guinness record, and we're pretty happy... More

Scenes from Wing Bowl 2010, Philly's Competitive Wing-Eating Contest

"Jersey Shore's Snooki was supposed to be a big element of this year's Wing Bowl but was loudly booed the instant she appeared on stage." [Photographs: Hawk Krall] Every year on the Friday before the Super Bowl, 20,000 drunks converge on South Philadelphia at 6 a.m. for the Wing Bowl, a competitive eating competition gone berserk, which can conservatively be described as pro-wrestling meets Mardi Gras. With chicken wings, adult film stars and, this year, Jersey Shore's Snooki riding a mechanical bull. Wing Bowl was created by WIP sports radio's morning show host Al Morganti in 1993 as a small event in a hotel but has quickly became one of the biggest and most insane competitive eating competitions in the... More

In Videos: Noncompetitive Eating on 'Late Night'

If you missed it on Friday, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon invented a new dubious sport—noncompetitive eating: It's time to do away with competition and selfishness. It's time to stop competing with our fellow eaters and start feeding them instead. That's why tonight we're proud to introduce a brand new sport, the sport of noncompetitive eating. We've got some great gurgitators here tonight. Let's welcome our first two competitors, ladies and gentlemen, the one and only Crazy Legs Conti and the great Tim "Eater X" Janus. How does noncompetitive eating work? Eaters have to feed each other. In the first bit, Conti and Janus go at it with hot dogs. In a second bit, it becomes a three-way, with... More

Joey Chestnut Wins Pizza-Eating Competition

Joey Chestnut, the reigning hot-dog-eating champ, handily crossed over to pizza earlier today in Times Square, eating 45 slices in 10 minutes. That's roughly 1.7 pizzas a minute. According to the New York Daily News, "He folded the slices—very quickly—and shoved them into his mouth. He jumped around some, to help them go down the hatch, or knocked back water from paper cups. He never appeared to chew. The slices were the typical cheese and tomato sauce variety, dished from a 16-inch pie carved into eight wedges."... More

New York's First Pizza-Eating Contest

New York. Pizza. An eternally happy couple. It's about time, then, that New York got a serious pizza-eating competition on par with Nathan's Hot Dogs or the Wing Bowl. This Sunday, October 12, the first-ever World Pizza Eating Championship will be held in Times Square. It's the newest official event of the International Federation of Competitive Eating, sponsored by Famous Famiglia. Reigning hot dog champion Joey Chestnut and burger master Patrick Bertoletti (not to mention the current burrito and sweet corn champs) will be at the competitors' table. My bet is on Chestnut. If you fold a slice in... More

Champion Eater Takeru Kobayashi Gets His Own T-Shirts

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,... More

Crazy Legs Conti Eats Michael Phelps' Breakfast in Under Five Minutes

Trying to eat like Michael Phelps without doing the rigorous exercise to burn it off is not a pretty sight. But that doesn't stop people from trying. Competitive eater Crazy Legs Conti doesn't just try to eat Phelps' breakfast of three pancakes, three french toasts, three fried egg sandwiches, a bowl of grits, an omelet, and two cups of coffee without retching, but tries to do it in under five minutes. Although shirtless and clad in a swim cap and goggles, Conti doesn't look anything like Phelps, but he does eat his breakfast. And even though Conti doesn't puke, I just might. Watch the video after the jump. I swear this is the last Michael Phelpsian Gorge-A-Thon Challenge I'll... More

USA Wins! Joey Chestnut Defeats Kobayashi at Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest!

Today in Coney Island, after ten minutes of regulation time, America's defending champion Joey Chestnut and rival Takeru Kobayashi were tied at 59 hotdogs. A five dog eat-off ensued, and Chestnut won! The Mustard Belt remains in America's hands, and Chestnut set a new 10-minute record. Go USA! When asked why he put his body through this year after year, Chestnut replied, "I love to eat, I love the competition. It's the Fourth of July, and you can get away with it on this day, push your body this hard, for something silly like this." As ESPN commentators said, "The passions were raw, but the hot dogs were cooked." Video after the jump.... More

Bar-Graphing Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Champs

Will another light-green bar, signaling a new world record, make its way onto this chart tomorrow? Will Joey Chestnut, the only American since 1999 to win the Mustard Belt, hold onto his title? He would make 1916 champ James Mullen proud. [via Waxy.org] Related: Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest Shortened to Ten Minutes Photo of the Day: Patriotic Hot Dog from Nathan's... More

Takeru Kobayashi Gets Dye-Job for Hot Dog Eating Contest

Says his hairdresser's blog (Google-translated from the Japanese): ★ 7 / 4, the international hot dog eating championship, NEISANZU 小林タケルくん、応援しています! Kobayashi TAKERU Swallow, rooting for you! 今日は髪を、マスタード&ケチャップ色にしちゃったりして、やるきグ〜! Today's hair, color of mustard and ketchup and so on the ground YARUKI! これで優勝まちがいなし! This MACHIGAINASHI win! Kobayashi is, of course, the longtime Japanese hot dog eating champ who was unseated last year at the annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Championship by American Joey Chestnut. [via Eat Feats]... More

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