Put down your forks, folks. No matter how hard you try, your holiday gluttony will never measure up to the turkey-stuffing power of Takeru Kobayashi.
The quirky competitive eater spent the Thanksgiving holiday like any quirky competitive eater would -- trying to set the world record for turkey eating. And guess what? He did it! Kobayashi set the record by consuming 7.5 pounds of turkey in 10 minutes. Talk about fast!
Kobi, as he likes to be called, has made headlines before, when he boycotted the famous Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest last year in protest of Major League Eating rules, only to storm the competition stage and later get himself arrested. Wait, there’s such a thing as Major League Eating?!
Rather than make the nation’s amateur eaters feel inferior, Kobayashi stuff himself with turkey Wednesday night, so he could spend the actual Turkey Day volunteering in his adopted home of New York City.
If you think competitive eating is all fun and stomachaches, Kobayashi is out to prove you wrong. He’s gearing up for a nationwide tour in 2012, sampling food across America and raising awareness for hunger initiatives.
“I have been blessed to be able to eat for a living, while many in the world go hungry,” Kobayashi said in his Thanksgiving announcement. “I hope I can use my talent to raise awareness to combat hunger across America and across the globe.”
Whether you agree that what Kobi has is a "talent" or not, just be happy he’s not eating at your house this year.