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Kobayashi takes down Chestnut

Posted by jtsmyth8 on July 28, 2008

A small but enthusiastic Singapore crowd got its first taste of professional eating as the sports’ two titans – Takeru Kobayashi and Joey ‘Jaws’ Chestnut – made their debut in the city-state.

About 300 competitive eating fans roared as local favourite Kobayashi of Japan slammed home five kilograms of chicken in 12 minutes in Sunday’s contest. California’s Chestnut was a distant second, munching down four kilograms.

“I’ve followed Kobayashi’s career on YouTube, so it’s really exciting to see him in person,” said Ricky Chen, a 31-year-old graphic designer.

The professional eating circuit, known as Major League Eating, was organizing its first contest in Asia, one of about 80 competitions a year in which “gurgatators” wolf down foods such as grits, sticks of butter, oysters, jalapenos and cow brains, all the while hoping to avoid the dreaded “reversal.” (story)

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