Asian eating challenges and contests category

MetropolisJapan has an interview with Adam "Beard Meats Food" Moran about his fitness regimen.
Unscrambled.sg reports that a Japanese woman passed away last week after choking during the "Onigiri challenge", an attempt at eating a rice ball without drinking in under 30 seconds. The incident was livestreamed on her youtube channel. (translated Korean article).
Chien Shu of the Taiwanese "Battle of the Big Eaters" team has surpassed a million subscribers to her youtube channel.
The National Library of Israel has an post about an eating contest held in Tel Aviv in 1953 which took place during a time of austerity and food rationing.
CNN has an article and video about the wanko soba noodle eating challenge available at restaurants in Morioka, Japan. The record is 570 small bowls.
Japanese competitive eater Moe Azuki finished a 192 ounce steak at Ward's House of Prime in Milwaukee. I think this is the most steak eaten by a woman in one session other than Molly Schuyler.
The Wall Street Journal has an article about the South Korean government's plans to regulate Mukbang videos, which it claims are contributing to a rise in obesity levels. (Access via a Google News query to bypass the paywall).
Zermatt Neo produced a video of his attempt to eat a 12 pound blue turkey.
Daily Mail has a report on a pepper eating contest held in Yichun, China where the competitors were immersed in a hot spring filled with the vegetable to be consumed. Yi Huan ate 20 peppers in a minute to win the contest and received a gold bar and title of "Chilli Queen".
Indian food challenger Sanket Sankpal offers 7 tips for competitive eaters in an interview in Vice Asia. His youtube channel, Wake N Bite, has over 200,000 subscribers.
Business Insider has an article about a recent video by Yuka Kinoshita where she eats 9kg of food from Singaporean restaurants totaling 14,000 calories.
Hurriet Daily News reports that Ceren Yilmaz ate 315 shish kebabs in 46 minutes to regain her record at a restaurant in Antalya, Turkey.
The Hurriyet Daily News reports that Ceren Yilmaz ate 255 shish kebabs in 23 minutes to win a contest held at a restaurant in Kepez, Turkey. After the competition, her weight increased to 47kg (103.4 lbs.) from 40kg (88 lbs.)
On his Instagram, Joey Chestnut posted a picture of a 11 pound burger in Phuket, Thailand, which he ate in less than 20 minutes.
Star Exponent has an interview with Darron Breeden about his victory in last Sunday's Acme Oyster eating contest in New Orleans. Darron started his competitive eating career three years ago in Japan where he taught English.
ANIKI channel has a video of Max Suzuki training for the Nathan's finals.
Tokyo Weekender has a interview with Max Suzuki, who says his goal is to be better than Joey Chestnut and Takeru Kobayashi.
Palm Beach Happening has an interview with Max Suzuki, who says he was inspired to enter competitive eating by Moeno Azuki. He hopes that Japanese competitive eating can avoid the messiness that some American competitive eaters exhibit.
The MLE twitter announces that Max Suzuki will do Saturday's Nathan's qualifier at the NYNY Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. I think he will be the first Japanese competitive eater to attempt to qualify for the Nathan's finals since the 2006 qualifier in Tokyo. No other Vegas entrants were listed.
Buzzfeed has an interview with television presenter An-Qi, from Zhejiang, China. A video of her quickly defeating her male co-host has received over 3 million views on twitter.
DeccanChronicle has an article about a new movie about Indian competitive eater Theeta Rapai. The BBC wrote an article about his retirement in 2006. TheNewsMinute also has an article about the film project.

Russian competitive eater/bodybuilder arrested in Thailand

The Daily Mail reports that Russian competitive eater/bodybuilder Sergey Medvedev was arrested in Thailand on February 2. He is the alleged co-founder of the cybercrime organization “Infraud”, which has defrauded $530 million from Americans since 2010 according to federal prosecutors. The arrest followed a two year probe by the US Justice Department and Medvedev is expected to be extradited to the USA in about a month. “The Bear” labeled himself “the first Russian competitive eater” on his Instagram and had a youtube channel devoted to food challenges and strength training. update The FBI claims that Medvedev possessed over $800 million worth of bitcoins at the time of his arrest. (Bangkok Post article about arrest)

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The Hindu reports that a 14 year old girl passed away in Neelankarai, India after fainting in a samosa eating contest she was having with friends. This is the second competitive eating fatality in India in 2018.
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