All You Can Eat: The Japanese Are The Ones To Beat

by Daniella Lee

Hot Dogs!

Earlier this week, Occam’s Taser learned that there is little hope for anyone who wants to fully enjoy Sushi and is not Japanese.  Not everyone can be lucky enough to have the right digestive tract to tackle Dragon Rolls and Sake.  For non-sushi lovers like myself, I like to think I could take on a Japanese man in any other food competition (e.g. pizza, hot dogs, cheeseburgers); good old American food.  I was wrong.  Japenese Competitive Eater Takeru Kobayashi has been dominating food eating contests around the world.  He has taken America by storm winning Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest in New York six years in a row,the Krystal Square Off World Hamburger Eating Contest four times, and the Glutton Bowl in 2001 where he easily finished 31 hot dogs and 55 cow brains. (Sounds like an appetizing Sunday dinner).


Kobayashi is the face of the competitive food eating world.  He opened the door for a whole new genre of sports and continues to participate in the field today. Weighing in at a mere 132 lbs, Kobayashi’s secret to his successful career isn’t really a secret at all: he works out every day like anyone else trying to stay fit which builds up his metabolism.  That’s why he’s a lean, mean, eating machine. If you don’t believe us, check out this insane video from the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest where Kobayashi pounds 53.3 hot dogs in 12 minutes, a new world record!

Kobayashi is currently ranked 3rd in the world for competitive eaters.  His determination and drive to pound hot dogs and burgers is, well, strange but he makes a living by stuffing his face.  This guy has got guts (literally), quick reflexes and can pretty much eat as much as he wants, whenever he wants.  To top it all off, he’s Japanese so he can enjoy his Sushi too.


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