Ive never done comptetive contests but I have tried those local food challenges some restaurants have. I live in San Jose and Joey Chestnut came to Pizza & Pipes just to PRACTICE (by takig on the Belly Buster challenge, the one I tried my hand at). 1 hour, no bathroom breaks, must have 2 toppings on the pizza (no basil or extra cheese count), water is allowed, they sit and watch u eat the damn thing too. It's 36 slices of pizza and Joey did his in 45 minutes (plus his picture on the wall & free pizza for a year). Also that guy from Man vs Food came to San Jose to try the 12 atomic hotwing competition in 30 minutes, no water or toilets, and actually accomplished it though he looked like a stoner with tear drops down his face afterwards lol.
NEW YORK – A Japanese eating champion who sat out this year's Coney Island Fourth of July hot dog contest apparently couldn't resist the temptation to hotdog afterward — and got arrested.
Six-time champion Takeru Kobayashi was sitting in a jail cell Sunday after the annual Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest.
Earlier in the day, Joey "Jaws" Chestnut gobbled his way to a fourth consecutive championship. But he was suddenly upstaged by the surprise appearance of his biggest rival, Kobayashi, who crashed the eating platform after Chestnut's win and wrestled with police.
"Let him eat! Let him eat!" the crowd chanted as officers handcuffed the world's No. 3 professional eater, dubbed "The Tsunami."
The 32-year-old Kobayashi did not compete this year because he refused to sign a contract with Major League Eating — the fast food equivalent of the NFL. On his Japanese-language blog, he said he wanted to be free to enter contests sanctioned by other groups.
But a few days ago, he told Japan's Kyodo News: "I really want to compete in the (Coney Island) event."
Wearing a black T-shirt that said "Free Kobi," Kobayashi mingled with the crowd, standing inside a police-barricaded pen just under the stage. When the eating ended, he slipped up the stage stairs.
Then, several security officers appeared and tried to usher him off. He grabbed a metal police barricade with both hands, clutching it tightly as the officers pulled at him. Finally, they dragged him down the stairs, with Kobayashi resisting vehemently.
He was expected to spend the night in jail awaiting an appearance in Brooklyn Criminal Court on charges of resisting arrest, trespassing and obstructing governmental administration.
"There's a contract dispute, so they weren't giving him his freedom," said Kobayashi's interpreter and publicist, Maggie James.
She said he had hoped the Coney Island crowd would recognize him and he could offer them an eating demonstration "for free. But nobody knew he'd jump onstage."
Minutes earlier, Chestnut downed 54 hot dogs in 10 minutes to win the contest televised live on ESPN.
The runner-up was Tim "Eater X" Janus, with a total of 45. Patrick "Deep Dish" Bertoletti came in third with 37 dogs.
Chestnut was disappointed with his performance, despite claiming the bejeweled, mustard-yellow belt plus a $20,000 purse. The 26-year-old from San Jose, Calif., was aiming for a record 70 dogs in 10 minutes.
"I was dehydrated going in," he told The Associated Press, explaining that he did not drink enough liquids the day before because he was striving for an emptier stomach.
After witnessing the drama involving Kobayashi, Chestnut said, "I feel bad for him."
Still, the Fourth on Coney Island paid tribute to two of America's biggest loves: hot dogs and competition.
The two pastimes merged by the Brooklyn boardwalk, with a crowd of thousands squeezed elbow-to-elbow on a sweltering afternoon. Temperatures hovered around 90 degrees.
Eight-year-old Stephen Pearce found his own way of keeping cool: with ice cubes melting atop his head. "It feels good."
He said something else was "cool" as he watched Chestnut: "I could never eat that many hot dogs! It's gross," said the boy from Chappaqua, N.Y.
Americans enjoy 150 million hot dogs each July 4 — "enough to stretch from D.C. to L.A. more than five times," said Janet "Queen of Wien" Riley, president of the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council.
Last year, Chestnut ate 68 dogs against Kobayashi's 64. That's about as many as the average American eats in a year — 60, according to the council.
Coney Island is said to be the birthplace of fast food.
The first hot dog was sold here around 1870 by German butcher Charles Feltman. His competitive, Polish-born employee, Nathan Handwerker, opened his own business in 1916 — Nathan's Famous, still the backdrop to the contest started here that year.
According to local lore, immigrants arguing about who was most patriotic settled their dispute by testing who could eat more franks. Irishman Jim Mullen won with 13.
After watching the stomach-churning feast, some of the tens of thousands of spectators could have used Pepto-Bismol — a new 2010 sponsor — before they joined the demolition-derby crowd of sticky bodies bumping their way through Surf Avenue.
And it wasn't over till the "Tsunami" hit Coney Island — just not quite the way anyone expected.
"He's fighting for his freedom — on Independence Day!" declared James, the interpreter-publicist.
As a handcuffed Kobayashi was led from Brooklyn's 60th Precinct to a waiting cruiser that took him to jail, one Coney Island resident shouted: "You've got to be kidding! They locked him up?"
--Va. woman devours 181 chicken wings in NY contest
NEW YORK – The Black Widow of eating contests gobbled up nearly 181 chicken wings in 12 minutes, devouring the national championship record in Buffalo on Sunday.
"I'm so happy!" said Sonya Thomas, who ate 4.86 pounds of chicken wings to win the contest, besting world eating marvel Joey Chestnut at the ninth annual National Buffalo Wing Festival.
Buffalo, about 300 miles northwest of New York, is said to be the birthplace of the wings, typically fried and covered in tangy vinegar and hot sauce.
Chestnut, America's No. 1 professional eater, was favored to win Sunday's competition. He came in second after eating 169 chicken wings, or 4.55 pounds.
This was the first time Thomas, of Alexandria, Va., and Chestnut, of San Jose, Calif., faced off in a chicken wing eating contest. They went at it "neck and neck," said Drew Cerza, the founder of the festival, which was inspired by the 2001 Bill Murray comedy "Osmosis Jones," about a compulsive eater.
"They pushed each other really hard," Cerza said. "Joey is so strong. He's got great jaw strength. But Sonya's so fast with the hand."
Thomas, who's 5 feet tall and weights 105 pounds, calls herself the Black Widow because she often defeats bigger male competitors — Chestnut is 6-foot-2 and weights 230 pounds — in eating contests. She set the previous wings record in 2005, when she ate 174 in 12 minutes.
She also previously set eating records for oysters, hard-boiled eggs, cheesecake and jalapeno peppers. She won her first competitive eating event in 2003.
The sprightly 43-year-old said she owed Sunday's triumph to her fancy finger work.
"Sometimes if I try to chew too much I slow down," she said. "I used my hands more than the mouth."
During the public contest, in front of thousands of people, she twirled the wings in her small fingers while quickly tearing off the meat with her teeth and lips.
Her cheeks were covered in a sheen of orange Buffalo sauce by the end.
But she said she was still hungry afterward, calling the wings "an appetizer." About an hour later, she made a guest appearance in the Ridiculously Hot Buffalo Wing Eating Contest and ate 20 more.
"The hottest wings!" she said. "I had to drink a lot of water."
--Chestnut Downs 62 At Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, But A Lady Steals The Show
Joey Chestnut could teach us all a thing or two about consistency, not to mention the most absurd kind of gluttony.
Chestnut, 27, from San Jose, Calif., won his fifth consecutive Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Monday by plowing through 62 hot dogs in 10 minutes. That was good enough to win by nine franks over second-place chow artist Patrick Bertoletti.
Asked how he was doing afterward, Chestnut remarked that he felt "great!"
Who wouldn't after ingesting 20,000 calories?
More significantly, for the first year ever, we have a women's contest wiener -- er, winner. Sonya "Black Widow" Thomas put away 40 hot dogs, which had to come as little surprise to competitive eating fans. (Yes, they exist.) The Black Widow downed a personal best of 41 in 2009.
Thomas won by a larger margin than Chestnut, with her closest competitor, Juliet Lee, finishing with 29 1/2 hot dogs consumed.
Chestnut and Thomas each walked away with $10,000 and a championship belt.
Of course the purists will argue that the event wasn't the same without Takeru Kobayashi, who won the event six consecutive years (2001-2006) before finishing second to Chestnut three times.
Kobayashi was ineligible to compete at Nathan's for the second year in a row because he refuses to sign a contract with Major League Eating, the governing body of competitive eating. Last year he showed up in a "Free Kobi" T-shirt and rushed the stage after Chestnut won. He was then dragged away and issued a handful of charges that were later dropped.
This year, Kobayashi staged a one-man event at a Manhattan restaurant at the same time flanked by TV screens showing the Nathan's contest in Brooklyn and ate 69.
Chestnut set the official Nathan's record of 68 in 2009. Major League Eating has said it will not recognize Kobayashi's 69 because it did not occur in a competition.
Chestnut had a similar sentiment, telling CNN: "It was no different than what I do at practice on my own and I'm able to break a record at my house."
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-Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest Won By Joey Chestnut For 7th Time
-Sonya Thomas, aka "The Black Widow," successfully defended her title in the women's event in an unexpectedly close battle.
The annual Nathan's hot-dog eating contest was a cake walk for six-time defending champing Joey Chestnut who downed 69 frankfurters and buns in 10 minutes for his seventh consecutive victory.
The only competition came from Matt Stonie. The second place finisher consumed 51 dogs and buns at the Coney Island battle of intestinal fortitude.
The 210-pound competitive eating titan known as "Jaws" broke his own record of 68 franks, which he set in 2009 and tied again last year.
Chestnut, 29, was expected to easily defend his title. Supporters carried him to the stage before the event in a mustard-yellow chair like an Egyptian pharaoh.
Sonya Thomas, aka "The Black Widow," successfully defended her title in the women's event in an unexpectedly close battle. Thomas, who weighs 100 pounds, ingested 36 and three quarters franks to edge out second place finisher Juliet Lee, who ate 36.
It's the 97th annual Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest.
In the world of competitive eating, the Nathan's hot dog eating contest is the gut-busting and artery-clogging equivalent of the Super Bowl. It's by far, the most coveted eat-off.
The contest, organized by Major League Eating, attracts huge crowds to Nathan's iconic frankfurter stand near the Coney Island boardwalk
Coney Island, actually a peninsula at the southern end of Brooklyn, was badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy last fall.
Announcers on ESPN 2 heralded the event's return to the storm-damaged area the way other sports broadcasters said the New Orleans Saints Super Bowl title in 2010 helped the Big Easy heal years after Hurricane Katrina.