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2019 Apr 71st157 10 minGringo Bandito Taco Eating Contest Dana Point, CA
2018 Apr 71st154 10 minGringo Bandito Taco Eating Contest Dana Point, CA
2017 Apr 81st159 ?Gringo Bandito Taco Eating Contest Dana Point, CA

Takeru Kobayashi ate 20 BurgerFi burgers in five minutes in Pinecrest, FL today to defeat a team consisting of Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo, former NBA guard Walter Bond and former Miami Hurricane defensive lineman Russell Maryland, who combined for 9 burgers. BurgerFi will donate $5000 to Feeding South Florida for every burger eaten. (Kobayashi podcast on the Hochman & Crowder show).
Takeru Kobayashi will appear at the Burger Fi in Pinecrest, FL September 18 and face off against current and former pro athletes in a burger eating contest.

Japan Times interviews Takeru Kobayashi

Japan Times has an interview with Takeru Kobayashi about The Good, The Bad, The Hungry. He says that while he is pleased with the film, it did not fully convey his side of his dispute with MLE.

The documentary showed my rivalry with Joey Chestnut, but I had more of a problem with George Shea,” he says. “He used Joey Chestnut to conceal the fact that he had a problem with me. George Shea was employed by Nathan’s, so if you look at the bigger picture, the problem was really between me and Nathan’s. That doesn’t come across in the documentary.

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In an interview for TMZ, Takeru Kobyashi claims that Joey Chestnut is a cheater and alleges that he threw crusts into the box in their P'Zone Chow-lenge matchup in 2009. He also belives that the hot dogs Joey Chestnut eats during contests are smaller than normal.

Kobayashi vs. Joey Chestnut head to head results

Here are the results for Takeru Kobayashi and Joey Chestnut in the 15 contests they competed against each other. Kobayashi had the higher finish in 8 of the competitions.
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Daily Beast interviews Takeru Kobayashi

Daily Beast has an interview with Takeru Kobayashi where he expands on recent critical comments made on twitter about Joey Chestnut:

If you ask me, do I want to compete with him? Mmm, not necessarily. I don’t even want to be in the same room with him. The face he gives you in the movie—he says something different every time, so it’s difficult for me to trust that those are his words, or if they’re George Shea’s scripted words, and where his feelings are coming from. It’s stressful for me to compete against, much less be around, a person who has that kind of personality. So I just choose not to be around him.

and George Shea:

It’s a manipulation game for him. If I always have to wonder what the truth is, or that they’re going to manipulate the truth when I’m taking something so seriously—I can’t be around a human that I can’t trust.

Kobayashi also mentions an upcoming alternative competitive eating league. He will attend a watch party for The Good, The Bad, The Hungry tonight at Rochelle’s in Manhattan.

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Takeru Kobayashi will do a 4th of July Hot Dog Eating Spectacular at Kings County Distillery in Brooklyn, the same site he has appeared at the previous 3 July 4s. The event will be a fundraiser for Immigrant Families Together.
Takeru Kobayashi will compete in a hot dog eating contest at Kings County Distillery in Brooklyn on July 4 for a fundraiser for local LGBTQIA foundations.
The 30 for 30 twitter has posted a trailer for the documentary The Good, The Bad, The Hungry about the rivalry between Joey Chestnut and Takeru Kobayashi. The airdate for the film will be July 2 at 8 pm eastern.
The Cut has a report on an artistic happening titled "Supper" held at Ace Hotel in New York City which included a ramen eating exhibition with Takeru Kobayashi and drag queen West Dakota. The event was organized by Kobayashi's wife Maggie James, who was billed as the "cultural engineer" of the Ace Hotel. update Interview Magazine has an interview with Kobayashi in which he calls Nobuyuki "The Giant" Shirota his great rival.

Takeru Kobayashi defends Chronic Taco title

update April 12
Full official results have been posted:

1st 157 Takeru Kobayashi
2nd 146 Molly Schuyler
3rd 107 Dan “killer” Kennedy
4th 94 Jesse Pynnönen
5th 78 David “Tiger Wings and Things” Brunelli
6th 59 Kevin Ross
7th 47 Naader “Freak8r” Reda
8th 41 Jimmy “The Spicialist” Lin

Naader Reda has uploaded a video of his choking incident

update #2 The Los Angeles Daily News has a contest report giving the official results as
1) Takeru Kobayashi 157 tacos
2) Molly Schuyler 146 tacos

Naader Reda required the Heimlich maneuver during the contest, but completed the competition.

Takeru Kobayashi ate 157 tacos in 10 minutes to defend his Gringo Bandito Chronic Tacos Challenge title at the Sabroso Taco Fest in Dana Point, CA. update Eric Anderson has a video of the contest. Kobayashi and Molly Schuyler were announced as having both eaten 160 tacos at the conclusion of the competition.

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The Good, The Bad, The Hungry, an ESPN documentary about the rivalry between Joey Chestnut and Takeru Kobayashi will debut at the Tribeca / ESPN Sports Film Festival Gala in New York City on April 26. Tickets will go on sale March 26.
The 2019 Gringo Bandito Chronic Tacos Challenge will take place at the Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco and Music Festival in Dana Point, CA on April 6 or 7. Takeru Kobayashi is expected to defend his title.
Journalist Gersh Kuntzman announced he was interviewed for an upcoming ESPN documentary about competitive eating, which will include Takeru Kobayashi.
The July 4 event for Takeru Kobayashi in 2018 will be a fundraiser for New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon at the Kings County Distillery in Brooklyn.
NYDailyNews has an article about the possibility of a partnership between Takeru Kobayashi and Feltman's of Coney Island, whose founder claimed to have invented the hot dog in 1867. Feltman's owner Michael Quinn says "We'd love to work with him in the future. I'd have to see if we could afford him."
Takeru Kobayashi appeared on New Day Seattle Thursday to promote his appearance at today's Sabroso Taco Festival in Auburn, WA. He will appear in Portland, OR tomorrow. (youtube video)
Takeru Kobayashi will do a taco eating challenge at tomorrow's Denver-area Sabroso Taco Festival. He will also do challenges in Auburn, WA on May 12 and Portland, OR on May 13.
Wayne Algenio won today's EastMeetEast Singles Ramen Eating Competition held at the Gotham West Market. Takeru Kobayashi was the judge. update Extra Crispy has an interview about the event with Kobayashi who ate three bowls of ramen in 19.6 seconds before the contest. update Apr 30 Wayne Algenio has a video
Takeru Kobayashi will judge and do an exhibition at a ramen eating contest sponsored by the dating website EastMeetEast in New York City on April 23. A Craigslist post seeks female competitive eaters for the contest.
Takeru Kobayashi has defended his Gringo Bandito Chronic Tacos Challenge title in Dana Point, CA with a total of 170 tacos in 10 minutes, keeping his post-MLE winning streak intact.
The Orange County Register reports that the Gringo Bandito Chronic Tacos eating contest will be held at the Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival in Dana Point on April 7. Takeru Kobayashi is expected to defend his title. update March 30 Molly Schuyler, Bob Shoudt, Dave Brunelli, Naader Reda, Kevin Ross and Jesse Pynnönen from Finland are other expected entrants.
Takeru Kobayashi turns 40 years old today according to his Wikipedia page.
The Bod Edit has an interview with Takeru Kobayashi. He says that TMJ (jaw arthritis) is still an issue for him and that cow brains from the Glutton Bowl are the grossest food he has had to eat in competition. He also says that he has started to feel the effects of ate (he will turn 40 in March) but hopes to continue with competitive eating for five more years. update Andrew Boyle has a blog entry with photographs he took for the interview
Earlier today, Takeru Kobayashi faced off against a lion in an eating contest on a New Year's Day special for Japanese TV called Battle of Beauty and Beast. In 2003, Kobayashi competed against a bear in a hot dog eating contest on Fox's Man vs. Beast program. update Shrugu702 has a video clip of the program.
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