Competitive Eater Takeru Kobayashi Fails to Break Guinness Fastest Pizza-Eating Record

Dear Slice

Slice mail answered.

We saw this story about Takeru Kobayashi's failed attempt to break the Guinness record for fastest pizza-eating, but here's some more perspective on it courtesy of Slice'r Tommy, from New Zealand, home of the current record-holder. —AK


Hey, Adam, Greetings from Wellington, New Zealand. You may have caught wind of this story already, but I thought i'd pass it on anyway: I believe it has been reported in a few U.S. newspapers and websites also.

I make pizza for Scopa, the New Zealand restaurant that organised the competition that gave birth to the current Guinness record, and we're pretty happy it stood strong. Looks like Takeru Kobayashi tried to bite off more than he could chew—stick to the hotdogs, methinks. Josh (the record holder) will still be happily enjoying his free Scopa pizza for as long as the record stands!

Here's a YouTube vid of the competition we held back in 2008. Note that the rules are quite specific: knife and fork, finish each mouthful before starting the next, etc. It's a lot harder than you might think.

Oh, and for the record, the pies used in the competition were cooked in big batches and had sat around for a while before it all started; they are much better looking when made fresh for paying customers.

I hope this is of interest to some Slice'rs, particularly Paulie Gee, whom I was fortunate enough to apprentice under for a couple of months this year.

Cheers from Down Under, and keep up the good work.

—Tommy (aka tommygun)