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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

The Spun has an interview with Takeru Kobayashi about his competitive eating career and his new partnership with Heinz on the "Hot Dogs are not a Contest" campaign. He closes the interview declaring himself the greatest competitive eater of all time.
In an advertisement for Heinz ketchup and mustard, Takeru Kobayashi announces that he has retired from hot dog eating contests.

Joey Chestnut announces discontinuation of MLE contract

In the latest episode of Barstool Sports Pardon my Take podcast, Joey Chestnut announces that his MLE contract will expire at the end of this year and he is open to the possibility of a matchup with Takeru Kobayashi in 2023. (video clip)

The end of this year is going to be a weird year for me because my contract with Major League Eating and Nathan’s is going to be over. So it’ll be my first year in a long, long time that I can actually eat against Kobayashi. So me and him could find a way to compete because he’ll never compete with Major League Eating again because they have just a childish contract dispute, but there’s a chance that I might be able to eat against him.


It is interesting that even after declining a MLE contract extension, Joey Chestnut still calls Takeru Kobayshi’s schism with the organization a “childish contract dispute”.

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CrossingBroad.com has a post about Philadelphia Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni showing his team a video of Joey Chestnut competing against Takeru Kobayashi. He said that their greatness was due to focusing on detail and fundamentals.
Takeru Kobayashi announces that he will face off against Nobuyuki "The Giant" Shirota in a hot dog eating contest in Japan. They last faced off in the 2004 Nathan's Famous finals.
Mashed.com has a post consisting mainly of quotes from previous articles titled "The health issues Kobayashi has from competitive eating."
Mashed.com has a video titled "The Truth about Competitive Eating Champ Takeru Kobayashi" focusing on his rivalry with Joey Chestnut and MLE.
The Athletic has an article (behind a paywall) about Takeru Kobayashi competing in a hot dog eating contest against a bear in Fox's "Man vs. Beast".
Takeru Kobayashi announced (in Japanese) that there will be no Gringo Bandito Hot Sauce Chronic Taco eating contest in 2020.
It does not appear that the Sabroso Craft Beer Taco & Music Festival will take place this year. Sabrosotacofest.com redirects to a different website and its facebook page has no information about a 2020 event. The Dana Point, CA event was the site of the Gringo Bandito Taco Eating Contest, the biggest competition for Takeru Kobayashi.

“King of Gluttony” 2020 video

Youtube currently has the full program of TV Tokyo’s “King of Gluttony” program in which Miki Sudo, Darron Breeden, Max Suzuki, Angela Sato, Hatsuyo Sugawara and others competed. (I will not post any spoilers until later today). Update Results of the final round are in the comments. Takeru Kobayashi and Nobuyuki Shirota appear as commentators, but do not compete.

update Jan 16 Miki Sudo has posted some Instagram galleries: Part 1 | Part 2

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Miki Sudo, Darron Breeden, Max Suzuki, Angela Sato and Takeru Kobayashi appear in a promo video for "King of Gluttony" that will be televised on TV Tokyo on January 12. Kobayashi is not shown eating, so he may not be a competitor. Screen captures:
Takeru Kobyashi attempted the challenge at Pho 87 in Las Vegas on Tuesday's episode of the Japanese television program SixTONES. (Kobayashi segments start at 1:25 and 1:34). This might be his first eating challenge or contest on Japanese TV since the 2002 Food Battle Club.
Sam Thurman reported that Takeru Kobayashi was on his flight to Japan, so he might have returned his home country for good. The six-time Nathan's champion announced earlier that he was moving to Kyoto due to high New York City rent.

Takeru Kobayashi apparently returning to Japan

It appears Takeru Kobayashi will be moving to Kyoto, Japan due to high New York City rent. He recently posted a picture of moving boxes on his twitter. Another tweet has the following automatic translation:

By the time you find a Kyoto townhouse you want to live in
For the time being, the room That Maggie decided to live in
In a room as small as New York,
Less than one-third of the rent
I feel like I’m being made a fool of by NY.

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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.
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