Taiwanese eating challenges and contests category

Taiwan News reports (in English) that Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen appeared in the lastest video by food challenger Chien Tsu to discuss the new Southbound Policy and Vietnamese meals. "Chien Chien" became famous after competing for the Taiwanese team for the Japanese program "Battle of the Big Eaters" in 2016 and currently has 1.23 million subscribers to her youtube channel.
Chien Shu of the Taiwanese "Battle of the Big Eaters" team has surpassed a million subscribers to her youtube channel.
Takeru Kobayashi will face off against a Taiwanese competitive eater tomorrow on Japanese television. The stage is labeled "Battle of the Big Eaters" so he might compete on Team Japan in Battle of the Big Eaters 4 later this year.
Chien Shu, star of the Taiwanese team in Battle of the Big Eaters 3, has started a youtube channel.

2016 Battle of the Big Eaters Teams

TV Tokyo has a page about the Battle of the Big Eaters program that will be televised on January 1. The teams:

  • USA: Molly Schuyler, Pat Bertoletti, Bob Shoudt, Tom Gilbert
  • UK: Adam “Beard Meats Food” Moran, Emma Dalton, Leah Shutkever, Marc
  • Japan: Hatsuyo Sugawara, Hitomi “Russian” Sato, Moeno Azuki, male I don’t recognize
  • Taiwan: Chien Shu, You Lin (?), Ming Che, Ya Lin

It is interesting that Taiwan got a team when competitive eating appears to be a lot bigger in other Asian countries (Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, …)

update The other Briton is Marc “Bottomless” Pitt the Japanese is probably Takamasa “Max” Suzuki

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An advisory board for the Taiwanese government suggested that injuries suffered in eating contests should not be eligible for government health care.

Taiwanese student dies in steamed bun contest

The Taipei Times has sad news about a steamed bun eating contest:

An eating contest at a local university ended in tragedy on Wednesday when a graduate student died after participating in a steamed bun eating competition.

Huang Te-hsiang (黃德祥), dean of the student affairs office of Dayeh University in Changhua, said yesterday that a 23-year-old student, surnamed Chen, from the Graduate Institute of Bioindustry Technology could not stop vomiting and fell unconscious after he began to feel uncomfortable during the school’s eating competition on Wednesday.

update ETaiwanNews has more information. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.

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Kobayashi goes to Taiwan

(Pictures are from Kobayashi’s trip to a night market, not the contest)

Kobayashi reports that he attended, but did not compete in, a mutton eating contest held on December 8 in Taiwan. This year’s winner ate 26 bowls, less than half of the 55 bowls Kobayashi consumed when he won the contest last year. A bonus of a million Taiwan dollars (about $30,000 US) would have been awarded had Kobayashi’s record been broken. Kobayashi said he intends to compete in next year’s mutton contest.

Google News of Taiwan has some articles about the contest (translated)

Kobayashi has made blog entries about all his contests, but it is now a month since the Turkey Bowl was televised, and he has provided no commentary on that event. Kobayashi’s last post about United States competitive eating was his tribute to Kevin Lipsitz in early November.

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Kobayashi blogs about Taiwan

Kobayashi has posted a contest report and a trip report about Sunday’s mutton eating contest in Taiwan.

updated A Chinese language news clip of the contest is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YPvgD6BCBY Kobayashi ate using chopsticks.


Kobayashi wins Taiwan mutton contest

Google News has several Chinese articles reporting that Takeru Kobayashi won a mutton eating contest by eating 5.5 kg (12.1 lb.) of mutton in 24 minutes. The runner up ate 2.7 kg of mutton.

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Kobayashi in Taiwan Dec 3

The Krystal Square Off was not Kobayashi’s last contest of 2006. He will do a contest in Taiwan on Sunday.

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