Kobayashi's claim to fame in New York is winning the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island for five years in a row.
Kobayashi wins top prize for chomping bratwurst:
There was a whole lot of brat eating in Wisconsin Saturday as the Johnsonville World Bratwurst Eating Championship got underway today.
Participants grinded through dozens of brats Saturday at the Sheboygan Jaycees Brats Days, vying for the tasty title there. But at the end, Takeru Kobayashi took top honors eating 58 brats in 10 minutes.
The 27-year-old Japan native is a seasoned veteran and is considered the world's best competitive eater. Kobayashi reportedly set a new record slicing the 34 and a half record set last year. He earned $8,000 and, of course, bragging rights.
Kobayashi's claim to fame in New York is winning the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island for five years in a row. In 2006, he defended his title against his biggest threat yet, Joey Chestnut of San Jose, CA. Kobayashi ate 53 and three-quarters hot dogs and buns, while Chestnut set a new American record of 52 hot dogs.
After more than eleven plates like this:
. . . . Kobayashi looked like this:
Kobayashi may be the first native of Japan (home to what I consider to be one of the healthiest cuisines on the planet) to actually eat a hot dog. Previously, the Japanese have only used hot dogs in their art.
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