The Gringo Bandito Chronic Tacos Challenge will take place at the Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival in Doheny Beach, CA on April 8. Takeru Kobayashi is expected to defend his title. Additional competitors include Molly Schuyler, Dave Brunelli, Erik Lamkin, Naader Reda, Kevin Ross and Finnish champion Jesse Pynnönen. A contest for amateurs will also be held.

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  1. anonymous said

    March 4, 2017 @ 11:53 am

    Not this shit again. Is this same contest where Kobe handpicks which opponents get all expenses paid trip ?

  2. Anonymous said

    March 4, 2017 @ 3:36 pm

    It’s the contest where he rigs it and scams people like Pat and Molly because he couldn’t ever lose … or could he? He’s a has been.

  3. anonymous said

    March 4, 2017 @ 4:10 pm

    i agree

  4. Anonymous said

    March 4, 2017 @ 5:17 pm

    Kevin ross and Erik lampkin oh no!!! Scary ..boring

  5. Anonymous said

    March 4, 2017 @ 5:58 pm

    Heads up to the rest of the field to watch out for Erik and his debris https://postimg.org/image/5f5tikb5d/. Hopefully someone will finally call him out on the spot for once and get an accurate count. You will be gypped if you don’t because all the judges/organizers there care about is whether Kobi wins.

  6. anonymous said

    March 4, 2017 @ 7:39 pm

    Kevin Ross is the worst eater ever on the west coast . He is a joke. Had a better future with MLE and his questionable 20 hot dogs at Nathans finals

  7. Anonymous said

    March 4, 2017 @ 11:48 pm

    Kobi kobi kobi and his rigged garbage. I’d eat with him but …. oh yea.. cheater

  8. ErikTheElectric said (Registered January 11, 2015)

    March 5, 2017 @ 2:15 am

    5:58

    You know, if you posted from a non-anonymous account, and came out from behind the keyboard I’d be MORE than happy to meet you whenever and wherever for any eating contest of your choice! You can even have ANYONE judge it! And they can also pick up our “crumbs” afterwards, It can EVEN be your mother OR father.. seeing as you likely still live at home with them, in the basement.

    Let me know!

  9. Anonymous said

    March 5, 2017 @ 8:53 am

    Koby doesn’t rig his contests. He simply is the best. He cannot go up against MLE Joey or Carmen or any other MLE eater. That is unfortunate but was his choice. Molly and Pat have proven their talents. Enough already of “cheating”.

  10. Anonymous said

    March 5, 2017 @ 3:18 pm

    Well we all know who @8:53 is. Kobi or his camp.

  11. anonymous said

    March 5, 2017 @ 3:37 pm

    What it boils down to is greed. Kobe could have stayed with MLE be more recognized in his craft and still made money competing in the circuit. For whatever reason he chose not to compete in the MLE circuit all these years except for maybe Krystal burgers and Nathans. Whether Sheas offered him 15k to sign the contract and an additional 15k and an apology after his arrest remains to be seen but he still had it better before he left . Hardly anyone remembers or cares about him since then

  12. anonymous said

    March 5, 2017 @ 3:47 pm

    I think BS Seiken should fly out there and oversee this event and make sure it’s on the up and up. After all he is well liked and respected in the CE community…….. No he’s not, even the indies hate him.

  13. Anonymous said

    March 5, 2017 @ 3:48 pm

    Brunelli should really listen to the advice from @5:58. Dave’s and Erik’s totals have been pretty similar at the gringo bandito. The difference is that Dave actually ate pretty cleanly while Erik left a shit ton of meat in each tray. You can even watch Erik’s video if you’re not convinced https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDF69cK0SQo

  14. Anonymous said

    March 5, 2017 @ 4:04 pm

    @8:53 is neither Kobi nor anyone in his “camp.”

  15. Anonymous said

    March 5, 2017 @ 5:32 pm

    Leave Erik alone already. The same “charges” repeated and repeated, old, stale, boring.

  16. Anonymous said

    March 5, 2017 @ 5:51 pm

    Hahahaahahaha Erik straight up called 5:58 out thats straight up legit!! He’s right though .keyboard warriors too afraid to come out ..head to head battle ..Erik vs eatfeats trolls ..lets make this happen

  17. Anonymous said

    March 5, 2017 @ 6:54 pm

    I remember Jimmy Lin called out Erik for his debris in the poutine thread and challenged him at hot dogs. Erik never accepted.

  18. Jimmy Lin said

    March 5, 2017 @ 7:09 pm

    Who is Jimmy Rin?

  19. anonymous said

    March 5, 2017 @ 8:58 pm

    George Shea should be thrown in prison for promoting the consumption of pig intestines which has proven to be the cause of stomach and colo rectal cancer. Have you ever seen him eat Nathans hot dogs? Hell no . He takes pleasure in watching others consume that shit

  20. Anonymous said

    March 6, 2017 @ 12:24 am

    Kobe and the great cheat . Good title for a novel.

  21. ErikTheElectric said (Registered January 11, 2015)

    March 6, 2017 @ 2:33 am

    @6:54

    Just the way this website works, I have yet to see more than 1-2 people post from non-anonymous accounts.. Even then, I pretty much believe that it’s the same narrow minded and immature teenager behind every post.

  22. Anonymous said

    March 6, 2017 @ 3:25 am

    @Erik what does your response have anything to do with Jimmy challenging you? I thought you were MORE than happy to meet for a fair contest.

  23. ErikTheElectric said (Registered January 11, 2015)

    March 6, 2017 @ 10:09 am

    I don’t really know who that is or what you’re referencing but I’m always open to a challenge! So, yes I’m MORE than happy to meet up for a “fair contest”.

  24. Anonymous said

    March 6, 2017 @ 3:28 pm

    Erik you down for a Chipotle burrito show down….this is the real Jimmy Lin you lil punk

  25. Anonymous said

    March 6, 2017 @ 3:28 pm

    Buritto head to head show down first to finish 3 burritos..live on Facebook!!

  26. Anonymous said

    March 6, 2017 @ 4:47 pm

    Jimmy should just sign up for this contest, then we could just see who is the better eater.

  27. Anonymous said

    March 6, 2017 @ 6:31 pm

    I doubt 3:28 is Jimmy Lin. He doesn’t post anonymously like a coward.

    Also, Jimmy and Erik have already competed together at Gringo two years ago. Erik beat him.

  28. Anonymous said

    March 6, 2017 @ 7:21 pm

    Kobe contests are never fair. He makes sure of that.

  29. Who Jimmy Rin? said

    March 6, 2017 @ 7:50 pm

    Jimmy eat too rittle, you go now

  30. Anonymous said

    March 6, 2017 @ 11:04 pm

    Jimmy lin sucks

  31. Kobe blew it said

    March 7, 2017 @ 1:58 am

    Kobe could have gone down as the greatest of all time with the Shea brothers promoting him with MLE . Instead he chose Gringo Bandito and Criff dogs. With that said Kobe is now remembered as the Japanese guy that wasn’t allowed to compete against Chestnut in Coney Island

  32. Anonymous said

    March 7, 2017 @ 9:53 am

    Kobe could be the biggest fraud in history too if he wants to be.

  33. Kobe blew it said

    March 7, 2017 @ 11:20 am

    Why do you think Kobe participates in these contests? It’s all about making the Sheas look like shit trying to prove he doesn’t need them. He got married to Maggie because he ran out of money and cant afford the outrageous rent they charge in NYC

  34. Takeru aint shit said

    March 7, 2017 @ 5:17 pm

    He’s a broke has-been leaching off a girl who doesn’t know wtf she’s doing

  35. Anonymous said

    March 7, 2017 @ 6:27 pm

    So what you’re saying is there is no love in their marriage?

  36. Anonymous said

    March 7, 2017 @ 7:25 pm

    If I was Kobe I’d go apply at mcdonalds . They’d love him there. He can cheat the system and be proud.

  37. Anonymous said

    March 9, 2017 @ 12:21 pm

    Why does kevin ross even try.smug lil punk

  38. Anonymous said

    March 9, 2017 @ 12:22 pm

    Erik and Kevin lil rich kids with no friends …how sad

  39. Anonymous said

    March 9, 2017 @ 1:25 pm

    @12:21/22 =same person

  40. Kevin Ross said

    March 9, 2017 @ 1:53 pm

    I’m just happy I was called a kid even though I’m 35.

  41. anonymous said

    March 9, 2017 @ 1:55 pm

    kevin is not rich. Erik i dont know. kevin not rich, definitely not rich. least rich person i know.

  42. Anonymous said

    March 9, 2017 @ 4:00 pm

    I’m just glad if I ate in the contest I would know that everyone is being scammed and screwed and not just me. Kobe likes to be fair that way.

  43. ErikTheElectric said (Registered January 11, 2015)

    March 9, 2017 @ 7:28 pm

    Kevin, stop lying.. we all know BOTH of us obviously are ROLLING in the “dough” we make during these contests.. I mean, I’m just surprised they haven’t found out about our cool and hip “competitive eating yacht club” that we started.. Oh.. Shit! :(

    I dun goofed.

  44. anonymous said

    March 11, 2017 @ 3:44 am

    “Not this shit again. Is this same contest where Kobe handpicks which opponents get all expenses paid trip ?”

    Why would Kobayashi hand-pick Molly? He does have a two-contest/challenge win streak against her (Chronic Tacos last year and Taco in a Bag), I believe, but either one is capable of winning. Sounds like a dangerous choice to me.

  45. Anonymous said

    March 11, 2017 @ 10:03 am

    Kobe doesn’t hand pick the eaters. The sponsor does.

  46. Anonymous said

    March 11, 2017 @ 11:11 am

    Thank you 10:03 am. Too many comments are based upon zero knowledge but written as “truth”.

  47. Anonymous said

    March 11, 2017 @ 4:22 pm

    I sure hope Kobe is a little concerned. Molly has only gotten quicker since last year. Going to be an interesting show. I can see her kicking him down .

  48. anonymous said

    March 11, 2017 @ 6:31 pm

    Kobayashi and Chestnut do nothing for us financially. They care about making money for themselves and nobody else When some of you wake and stop being a fan, you will realize how stupid you really are

  49. Anonymous said

    March 12, 2017 @ 10:02 am

    Ancient complaint. The money is for the few. For the rest it is a personal challenge, enjoyment, and many other reasons. That will never change.

  50. anonymous said

    March 12, 2017 @ 1:33 pm

    the only enjoyment you will get is colon and stomach cancer diabetes heart disease and other health related issues when you reach a certain age if not sooner . Good luck with that

  51. Anonymous said

    March 12, 2017 @ 3:21 pm

    Another ancient remark.

  52. anonymous said

    March 12, 2017 @ 6:46 pm

    Seiken lucky his capacity is so weak that he wont get colon or stomach cancer from CE but will most likely die from living in a slum filled with mold and roaches.

  53. anonymous said

    March 12, 2017 @ 8:02 pm

    George Shea said it best at Goldstein final pathetic showing in Charlotte SC in 2010. “Allen Goldstein needs something that he can hold on to from the past. Something anything so he could pass it on to his grandchildren when he passes away which will be very soon” That was so fuckin hilarious. The video was posted on YT by his loyal cousin right after the contest but was instructed by the twopay wearer to take it down asap. Please repost it Please

  54. anonymous said

    March 12, 2017 @ 9:47 pm

    What grandchildren ? His imaginary ones? Dont you have to have children first before you have grandkids?

  55. Anonymous said

    March 12, 2017 @ 11:49 pm

    Jimmy can’t eat for shit

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