Top 10 Competitive Eaters in the World
We are never short of news of these astonishing eaters.
But besides what they can eat, what we're more interested, is who are the best of them.
Here are the rankings of the top 10 eaters in the world.
10. Joey "Jaws" Chestnut
Joey Chestnut became the king of competitive eating in 2007, by beating Japanese legend Takeru Kobayashi at the July 4th Nathan's Coney Island Hot Dog Eating Contest.
He was inhaling an eye-popping, record-setting 66 hot dogs (and buns) in 12 minutes.
In 2008, Chestnut and Kobayashi both ate 59 dogs at Coney Island (in a shortened, 10-minute contest). Chestnut retained his titled by winning a 5-dog eat-off.
9. Patrick "Deep Dish" Bertoletti
This Chicago native, a culinary arts graduate of Kendall College, has is one of MLE's fastest rising stars.
In April 2008, he won the ACME Oyster House championship, throwing back 35 dozen raw oysters on the half shell in 8 minutes.
At the Krystal Square Off, he polished off 85 burgers to finish second.
And nobody could top his performance at the 2009 Stroehmann Sandwich Slamm, where he made 16 8-ounce corned-beef sandwiches disappear in just ten minutes.
8. Takeru "Tsunami" Kobayashi
Takeru Kobayashi -- the Michael Jordan of competitive eating -- revolutionized the sport, and turned Nathan's Coney Island hot dog eating contest into a nationally televised July 4th tradition.
In 2001, when he downed 50 hot dogs in 12 minutes, he doubled the previous world record.
Thus began his streak of six consecutive victories at the Coney Island contest.