Takeru Kobayashi will attempt to eat two mac & cheese burger challenges at the Ainsworth in Midtown Manhattan on April 28. update Kobayashi finished both in 13:19


  1. Anonymous said

    April 27, 2017 @ 1:36 pm

    That’s not that big of a deal.

  2. BS said

    April 27, 2017 @ 2:34 pm

    If it starts like 715 or 720 instead of 7pm i might head over there 15 min walk for me and i take my break from work around 6:50 5lb burger he has to eat 2 of them in 30 min Not that easy

  3. anonymous said

    April 27, 2017 @ 2:51 pm


  4. anonymous said

    April 27, 2017 @ 3:03 pm

    It’s 10 lbs. total. That is pretty good AFAIC.

  5. Anonymous said

    April 27, 2017 @ 5:44 pm

    like a japanese circus monkey begging for scrap change

  6. anonymous said

    April 27, 2017 @ 7:18 pm

    Not sure if he’s getting appearance fee but $500 if you complete 5lb challenge. He’s doing 2 of them so prize might be double. Should have stayed with mle

  7. anonymous said

    April 28, 2017 @ 12:12 pm

    from what i hear if you are a novice or have little if any experience doing eating challenges you will end up puking half way or a little more into the challenge. Majority give up after 30 min. For Kobe to attempt 2 of these is an astounding feet

  8. anonymous said

    April 28, 2017 @ 12:13 pm

    The Goldstein cousins would fall flat on their faces attempting 1 mac and cheese burger

  9. Anonymous said

    April 28, 2017 @ 1:58 pm

    This is not even 5 lbs a piece

  10. anonymous said

    April 28, 2017 @ 3:55 pm

    Santel is only documented winner everyone else failed

  11. ojrifkin said (Registered July 27, 2005)

    April 28, 2017 @ 5:23 pm

    This female bodybuilder says she finished the Ainsworth challenge


  12. anonymous said

    April 28, 2017 @ 5:47 pm

    If I’m not mistaken, lots of people have won this easy challenge, including Randy Santel, Wayne Algenio, Darron Breedon, and Mitch Dombrowski. It’s not that big for most competitive eaters

  13. anonymous said

    April 28, 2017 @ 5:48 pm

    WTF????? Someone has stolen Randy Santel’s video and posted as his own:


    Did Randy give him permission to do this?????? Is it monetized??

  14. anonymous said

    April 28, 2017 @ 8:11 pm

    This YouTube user, “khong Tao”, has uploaded tons of Randy’s videos. What is going on? Is Randy trying to get more publicity by using an alias?


  15. BS said

    April 28, 2017 @ 9:31 pm

    Recorded entire challenge. Kobe completed it under 14 min Post the video on YT later tonight .He struggled a drop with first 5lbs but second was actually easier for him .Good to be back in CE groove .My first video in quite some time

  16. anonymous said

    April 29, 2017 @ 2:08 am

    Rumor has it George Shea was in attendance rooting him on

  17. anonymous said

    April 29, 2017 @ 7:24 am

    UPDATE: Brian Seiken has a video of this event:


  18. anonymous said

    April 29, 2017 @ 7:33 am

    Here is Seiken’s video of the into of Kobayashi:


  19. anonymous said

    April 29, 2017 @ 9:38 am

    I have not seen Kobayashi in quite some time but it appears he is still in top form even in his late 30s . Say what you want about him but he is still an inspiration to competitive eating . What others consider a chore or a struggle he makes it seem simplistic. Prior to the challenge the tv monitors showed highlights of his career but focused primarily on his arrest in Coney Island . With the high tech surround sound system you would think the police sirens from 2010. were right outside the bar . Sad that when Kobe name is brought up in conversation he used to be known as the greatest living competitive eater but now when you bring his name up the response is more like Isn’t he the guy that they wont let compete in the 4th of July contest ?

  20. Anonymous said

    April 29, 2017 @ 9:40 am

    Emma Dalton attempted this challenge…didn’t go so hot for her.

  21. anonymous said

    April 29, 2017 @ 9:42 am

    Kobayashi made this challenge look as easy as Seiken finishing the Hueys burger challenge in 5 minutes

  22. anonymous said

    April 29, 2017 @ 10:05 am

    Just my personal opinion but when Kobe stormed the stage in Coney 7yrs ago George Shea could have looked the other way and said hey what the hell , ladies and gentleman the great Kobayashi. It would have created an entirely different perspective. Kobe might have decided to sign the contract and the rest is history. Instead they created a spectacle with Mike Antolini furiously wagging a finger at him with the cops at bay. “Here he is arrest this man” Not only was Antolini forced to resign because of the death threats he received after the fiasco but it put a damper on the sport and MLE as well

  23. anonymous said

    April 29, 2017 @ 12:07 pm

    Molly would have attacked it like a pitbull . She might have completed it in under 10 min. Give it a try Molly

  24. anonymous said

    April 29, 2017 @ 3:08 pm

    Was there an MC? Doubt it.Can you imagine if out blue George Shea started MC the challenge a few minutes in? Kobe would prob drop the burger and storm out of the restaurant

  25. Randy Santel said (Registered June 2, 2010)

    April 29, 2017 @ 3:42 pm

    @3:55 There have been many people complete the challenge, I would say at least 10 to 15. Wayne has beaten it along with Dave Wood, Mitch, and others. Not many people have received the $500 they set originally though.

    @5:48 unfortunately that happens quite often. I have gotten most of them taken down but it still occurs every now and then. Haha no I don’t attempt to get more publicity using that method :)

  26. anonymous said

    April 29, 2017 @ 4:48 pm

    If they play games with $$ that’s false advertising. Pay $500 cash or don’t advertise prize money at all.Bullshit !

  27. anonymous said

    April 29, 2017 @ 5:44 pm

    Many more Randy?/Like who? According to manager of restaurant you and a female eater were the only ones to finish it

  28. anonymous said

    April 29, 2017 @ 7:58 pm

    I heard that shortly after Kobayashi was arrested MLE sent out letters to ranked members asking that they not associate with him due to bad influence conflict of interest etc or face removal or stiff penalties. Many major league eaters followed orders because they are true soldiers of the organization. Even Conti Kobe best friend parted ways out of fear he might receive disciplinary action. Imagine after all those years the pet of the organization being told his services are no longer required?

  29. Anonymous said

    April 29, 2017 @ 8:27 pm

    From what I’ve read/heard, they only pay the $500 to non-professionals. If your name pops up in a google search, and they see anything Eating Contest related, they won’t pay you

    @5:44- restaurant managers aren’t always 100% accurate.

    Mitch has done it. He has a video up. Stop being lazy and do some research before making stupid comments.


  30. anonymous said

    April 29, 2017 @ 9:41 pm

    Never heard of this Mitch nor do i care who he is. Google Mitch and its an amateur as far as i am concerned

  31. anonymous said

    April 29, 2017 @ 9:48 pm

    Bodybuilders or marathon runners should not be allowed to enter this challenge as well as pro eaters because they have unfair advantage over average joe. They work out all day burn calories and build up an unfair appetite advantage as opposed to some fat dumpster who never worked out or a novice eater that never tried eating competitively . With that said Randy you and the Furious Petes of this society are able to conquer these challenges without much effort. If all of us trained with weights day and night and ran 5 miles a day or more , hey we would have the same unfair appetite advantage as you guys. Kobe has god given talent while you guys are fasting your way to victory .

  32. anonymous said

    April 29, 2017 @ 9:52 pm

    Instead of dont try this at home the new slogan should be anyone over 50 dont attempt this at home or dont attempt this PERIOD!

  33. anonymous said

    April 30, 2017 @ 7:23 am

    7:58: Did Dave Goldstein, Badlands Booker, or Allen Goldstein follow MLE’s orders? Just curious, not trying to start anything?

    I remember when MLE found out Dave Goldstein and I believe it was Brian Subich were going to do Wing Bowl, they sent the two letters, and Subich complied, but Dave rebelled. It was on eatfeats.

  34. anonymous said

    April 30, 2017 @ 7:28 am

    9:41: Magic Mitch Dombrowski is an excellent competitive eater who works for foodchallenges.com as the Director of Videography, and who has improved vastly over the years. He is now almost as good as Randy and is similar is skills to Ethan Teske, although neater. He is not to be taken lightly.

  35. anonymous said

    April 30, 2017 @ 7:39 am

    9:48: OMG, LOL!!!

    This is a pic of Randy (posting a funny post):


    Randy is a cool guy.

  36. anonymous said

    April 30, 2017 @ 7:42 am

    9:48: So I suppose football players shouldn’t life weights either. They might increase their metabolism and build up an appetite too.

    The bottom line is pro competitive eater are athletes.

  37. anonymous said

    April 30, 2017 @ 7:43 am

    9:52: Rich Lefevre is well over 50 and could school your butt! (He is 73.)

  38. anonymous said

    April 30, 2017 @ 7:51 am

    It is rumored Wayne Algenio completed the Ainsworth burger and won $500.

  39. anonymous said

    April 30, 2017 @ 8:24 am

    This is proof that Wayne has finished the Ainsworth Burger:


    Mysteriousy, Wayne has removed his IG pic, and has no video, even though he has video of most other eating events

  40. Anonymous said

    April 30, 2017 @ 9:27 am

    Ok- if anybody has any food challenge experience or has done any eating contests, they aren’t getting the $500.

  41. anonymous said

    April 30, 2017 @ 11:36 am

    No video no proof . His eating capacity is right around Seikens capacity

  42. anonymous said

    April 30, 2017 @ 11:36 am

    I hear the boys from FBTS were there and never bothered saying hello to Seiken

  43. Randy Santel said (Registered June 2, 2010)

    April 30, 2017 @ 2:31 pm

    I found out about the Ainsworth Challenge originally from a subscriber. The challenge initially awarded $500 to anybody who completed it, meaning the restaurant apparently thought their challenge was huge. Knowing that the restaurant would soon learn their challenge wasn’t really that big, I let Wayne know about it so he could swoop in and get the money. I was going to be there like a month later so Wayne tried taking a long time and eating slowly, finishing in 17 minutes, but apparently the staff watching him knew he wasn’t going full speed. They then added the no professionals clause and quickly got ridiculous about it. Yeah if you came up via Google search, you weren’t allowed to win the money. Dave Wood I think got paid and a German bodybuilder I think got paid too (saw via his Instagram), but I don’t know who else did. I got money but as an appearance fee instead of prize money. As a general rule, never listen to a manager and take what they say as 100% true. They usually don’t know the full story, especially when a place has 5 locations and they aren’t well connected, in different parts of the city.

    Emma tried the challenge and did fail, but from what she said they lowered the time limit down and made the challenge a little bigger. I am not sure though, I haven’t checked on it for quite a while. Just an example of a restaurant creating a challenge without putting a ton of proactive thought into it, and then getting reactive once things start going bad.

    And I haven’t seen a video or anything, but I suspect if Kobi was going 100%, he would finish 2 in under 10 minutes. My time was under 10 for one of them, and his abilities are at least double mine lol.

  44. anonymous said

    April 30, 2017 @ 2:51 pm

    Put the cash right on the table before the challenge. If you complete it the cash is yours if not the cash is not yours Plain and simple . None of this owner said this owner said that . Money talks bullshit walks

  45. anonymous said

    April 30, 2017 @ 2:54 pm

    Randy you obviously grew up in redneck suburbs If you grew up in inner city you might have more street smarts. East coast challenges especially NY is rip off city

  46. anonymous said

    April 30, 2017 @ 4:19 pm


    Also in nearby Hillsdale, NJ, there is a place that is called Stickey’s BBQ that refuses to pay the prize of $100 if they deem you professional for whatever reason, even if you have done no challenges or contests in the past. If they feel they will lose the challenge, they won’t let you do it.

  47. Anonymous said

    April 30, 2017 @ 6:15 pm

    Molly would surely do two in under 10.

  48. anonymous said

    April 30, 2017 @ 7:41 pm

    I dont understand . Answorth is willing to pay Kobe 10k for an appearance fee negotiated by evil wife Maggie yet they refuse to fork over $500 if you complete the challenge pro or non pro . Cheap fucks if you ask me

  49. anonymous said

    April 30, 2017 @ 7:52 pm

    I hear that Kobayashi english has gotten worse. Whatever they taught him in class a few yrs ago he completely forgot. Maggie is a like a seeing eye dog for him of late translating anything spoken in English to Japanese

  50. anonymous said

    April 30, 2017 @ 7:54 pm

    You mean Stinkey ‘s BB

  51. ErikTheElectric said (Registered January 11, 2015)

    April 30, 2017 @ 8:21 pm

    You’re god damn right she would. @ 6:15

  52. anonymous said

    April 30, 2017 @ 10:08 pm

    That’s why Molly has lost the last three contests vs. Kobayashi. Uh huh.

    Kobayashi is the best eater in the world.

  53. anonymous said

    April 30, 2017 @ 10:17 pm

    I cant take it anymore The burger challenge is driving me nuts with appetite. Watching Kobe devour that yummy burger fries and mac cheese is making me not only hungry buy horny Dont know what to do first jerk off or head over to ainsworth and do the challenge now How late are they open till?

  54. anonymous said

    April 30, 2017 @ 10:28 pm

    Kobayashi is a disgrace to his fellow eaters with MLE . He is considered an outcast to society among his former peers. They could care less what he does. They are not friends with him on FB instagram or twitter. Once loved by the competitive eating community and MLE he is no longer the apple of their eyes after his disgusting display of selfishness at the Nathans 4th of July contest 5yrs ago. The storybook snow white marriage with Miki Sudo is nothing more than a pipe dream that will never come to pass. Matter fact what is even more sad is the fact that they were never introduced . Toyland toyland everyone knows its toyland de de de de de de; Let me stop i am drowning in tears

  55. anonymous said

    May 1, 2017 @ 6:15 am

    Kobe Chestnut and Stonie capacity is a natural one not juiced up by horse piss steroids these body builders use to enhance their appetite. Weitgh lifters bodybuilders marathon runners should be banned from challenges and eating contests because their capacity appetite is not a natural one Its more like a cheating one

  56. anonymous said

    May 1, 2017 @ 7:55 am

    speaking of challenges i just saw US Male pathetic 3 medium pizza challenge a 10 yr old can easily conquer. The grand prize is a sweet Randy Santel T shirt which he is wearing already. Why doesnt he try the Answorth 5lb burger challenge? Answer . He can’t complete it so he doesn’t want to look bad trying


  57. anonymous said

    May 1, 2017 @ 10:03 am

    10:28: I think you’re being extreme. I think much of the reason there is not much social media interaction is because he doesn’t speak English really well. He’s made friends at a lot of the contests/exhibitions he has been to, including Gringo Banditos Tacos, dumplings, Taco in a Bag (competitive eaters who invited him, btw), University of Oregon, etc.

  58. anonymous said

    May 1, 2017 @ 10:29 am

    Has anyone seen this video of Kobe teaching a street thug how to eat hot dogs? The guy is using foul language and spitting while hes eating hot dogs . Gross

  59. anonymous said

    May 1, 2017 @ 10:34 am

    Sad that the entire MLE community turned his back on him because of their allegiance to a stupid eating organization and because the shea brothers told them to

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