Japanese competitive eating legend Takeru Kobayashi wolfed down 337 chicken wings in half an hour today in Philadelphia, shattering the previous record of 255, set just last year. Some 20,000 spectators turned up for Wing Bowl XX, and Kobayashi took home a $20,000 cash prize, the AP reports. It was Kobayashi’s first year at the Bowl, the Philadelphia Inquirer notes. “I could probably eat another 100 wings or so,” he said afterward.
Nearly 20,000 spectators gathered at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center Friday morning for the gluttonous celebration, held each year two days prior to the Super Bowl. This was Kobayashi’s first year competing in the Wing Bowl, but he’s certainly no newcomer to the world of competitive gorging. After winning six consecutive titles at Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, the New Jersey resident was banned in 2010 due to a contract dispute with Major League Eating, the event’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 Friday’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 “Super Squibb” Squibb and local favorite Bill “El Wingador” Simmons.
Though 337 wings in a half hour might seem impressive (or, more likely, nauseating), the champion was unfazed. “The truth is,” he told the Philadelphia Inquirer after the contest, “that if you brought me another hundred wings right now, I think I could eat them.”
Source: By Matt Cantor, Newser Staff (http://www.newser.com)