Competitive eating

Discussion in 'ATG Cafe' started by Nishy, Apr 16, 2018.

  1. Nishy

    Nishy Forum GOD! Staff Member

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  2. pimple8

    pimple8 Guru

    Zadar, Croatia
    No, never tried. But I would like to. Seems like a sport for me :D
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  3. N_Architect

    N_Architect Forum GOD!

    To be honest looks quite risky/dangerous if you ask me.
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  4. Batch300

    Batch300 Extraordinarily Uncomplicated

    Nathan's Hotdog contest - Coney Island July 4 - well know event


    The contest has gained public attention in recent years due to the stardom of Takeru Kobayashi (5"8" 128 pound Japanese star) and Joey Chestnut (Amercian Defending champion who ate 72 hot dogs in the 2017 contest).

    If possible, find some 10-15 year old video of the event. Kobayashi would eat 65 hot dogs, 2nd place was 35 and 3rd place was 29 hot dogs. Some of the 30 contestants would eat 10 hot dogs, turn green, and just stand there.
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  5. 2hot 2trot

    2hot 2trot Forum GOD!

    I am not competitive by any stretch of the imagination until someone tells me there is "NO" way I could do it. :D

    An aperitif before I went for the main course.


    Mission accomplished

    EDIT: Link is not working.
    Apologise folks.
  6. bakerbarber

    bakerbarber Guru

    I wince at things like this. Something about people gorging themselves hits a nerve for me. I'm not normally squeamish. I'm also a fairly large guy. I don't know what it is.

    The guy who used to have a show in the US called Man vs Food had to stop doing it. He often looked to be in genuine physical pain. He would attempt all sorts of stunts besides sheer quantity or speed. Like spicy food. I watched it despite being turned off by it most times. Like seeing a train wreck.
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  7. wintoid

    wintoid Forum GOD!

    I did it for charity at uni 30 years ago and it was horrible. When you're full, the crowd wants more, and cheers you on. They basically want to see you throw up. I wouldn't do it again.

    I lost, by the way. I did keep it down.
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  8. Wayne

    Wayne Forum Sod

    I love Man Vs Food it just screams Americana to me but I realise it is a television show so not representative of the U.S and their eating habits. I used to have an above healthy appetite (Greedy sod) but I've slimmed down and stopped over eating now and feel better for it. This guy is worth a watch
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  9. Nishy

    Nishy Forum GOD! Staff Member

    Man V Food is great. The link in the OP is a British guy which I can relate to more, having the same restaurants/food chains near me. What is interesting is that he is also a personal trainer and has uploaded videos of blood tests etc after 3 years of competitive eating. He also makes his own beard oils, which is how I stumbled across his channel :)
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  10. MPH

    MPH Forum GOD!

    As someone who had his Gall bladder removed two months ago all I can say is....

    And thrice.... NO!!!!!!!!!

    I do love watching it though. :)
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  11. efsk

    efsk Legendary Member

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  12. Cushion94

    Cushion94 Active Member

    Norfolk, uk
    Wouldn't like to try it competitively but would love to go to some of the places that offer huge amounts of food with a timer challenge
  13. dc68

    dc68 Senior Member

    Devon, UK
    Though not competitive, I eat fast at the mother in laws, so that I can hasten my exit!
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  14. Jacobite

    Jacobite Veteran

    Lacrimarum Valle
    When I lived in Boston a radio station had an annual fundraiser for cystic fibrosis research that they called the "Hot Dog Safari." Punters paid $10 and could eat all they wanted, and there was plenty to eat. It seemed that every maker of hot dogs and other, similar style sausages (bratwurst, knockwurst, kielbasa, etc etc) had offerings. Probably between 50 and 75 options. I taught at Boston's Jesuit secondary school (college, to you Europeans), and we'd fill several buses with lads each year who would tear their way through the "safari." Great fun. An alumnus of the school worked at the radio station, & he'd get us on air for a few minutes. We'd pull a team of guys together who'd compete in hotdog eating contest with students from other schools & universities.

    The first year I attended I sampled 14 different hotdogs. I'd take a bite or 2 of one, & if I liked it I'd finish it; if it wasn't superb I'd toss it and move on. I probably ate 8 or 9 hotdogs total by the time the afternoon was finished. No ill efect until the next day... and the day after... and the day after. A severe headache, and an all too frequent emptying of the lower regions...

    But I did it again the following year!
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  15. sɐǝɹpu∀

    sɐǝɹpu∀ riverrun

    My competitive eating non-experience:
    I love and adore oysters.
    I don't like eating competitions.
    Ten years or more ago I went to Whitstable on a rainy day. They had an oyster eating competition on the beach and picked the contestants from among the few tourists present. My friends, knowing how much I love oysters, urged me to enter the competition, but I refused because I think competitive eating is disrespectful to the food you eat.
    The contestants were obviously no great lovers of oysters. The winner managed to choke down just over 20 oysters. Now I think a dozen oysters is a nice starter and two dozen wouldn't make me break into a sweat like the winning person. I would have easily won, had I tried. But I had no regrets.
    Today I regret that I didn't jump on the opportunity to get a dozen or a few more oysters for free. I'd happily eat oysters until I have the slightest impression that I'm not enjoying them anymore, then leave the stage with a happy tummy and maybe some stupid tourist-who-eats-the-most-oysters certificate.
    Maybe next time I'm in Whitstable they'll give you some champagne to wash down the oyster as well. I'll be in!
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