Talented people do things we can’t. Gifted people make those things look easy. Kobayashi is by far the most lithe, graceful, and elegant of competitive eaters. Other guys sweat, sway, swoon, with bulging cheeks but not Takeru. This record breaking chicken wing win is the vindication he deserved after he was robbed of the Nathan’s Hot Dog eating championship in a judges decision in favor of grunting and green eyed Joey Chestnut.
Takeru Kobayashi Downs Record 337 Chicken Wings in 30 Minutes
By Samantha Grossman | @sam_grossman | February 3, 2012 | Time Magazine
Champion competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi scarfed down 337 wings in a half hour at Wing Bowl XX, earning himself a $20,000 prize and a new world record.
Nearly 20,000 spectators gathered at Philadelphiaâ€™s Wells Fargo Center Friday morning for the gluttonous celebration, held each year two days prior to the Super Bowl. This was Kobayashiâ€™s first year competing in the Wing Bowl, but heâ€™s certainly no newcomer to the world of competitive gorging. After winning six consecutive titles at Nathanâ€™s Hot Dog Eating Contest, the New Jersey resident was banned in 2010 due to a contract dispute with Major League Eating, the eventâ€™s organizers, CNN reported. That year, he was also arrested for rushing the stage at the Coney Island event, which he attended as a spectator.
But none of that stopped Kobayashi from getting back into the game. He participated in an eating exhibition last year, where he devoured a cheesesteak in 24 seconds. And at Fridayâ€™s Wing Bowl, the Japanese competitive eater arrived with a healthy appetite for competition. Weighing in at 127 pounds, he bested his much larger opponents, including three-time champion Jonathan â€œSuper Squibbâ€ Squibb and local favorite Bill â€œEl Wingadorâ€ Simmons.
Though 337 wings in a half hour might seem impressive (or, more likely, nauseating), the champion was unfazed. â€œThe truth is,â€ he told the Philadelphia Inquirer after the contest, â€œthat if you brought me another hundred wings right now, I think I could eat them.â€