'Competitive Eating' on Serious Eats

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

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: http://www.3news.co.nz/Japanese-eater-fails-to-beat-Kiwis-pizza-record/tabid/415/articleID/186429/Default.aspx/ 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... More

Joey Chestnut Wins Pizza-Eating Competition

Joey Chestnut, the reigning hot-dog-eating champ, handily crossed over to pizza earlier today in Times Square, eating 45 slices in 10 minutes. That's roughly 1.7 pizzas a minute. According to the New York Daily News, "He folded the slices—very quickly—and shoved them into his mouth. He jumped around some, to help them go down the hatch, or knocked back water from paper cups. He never appeared to chew. The slices were the typical cheese and tomato sauce variety, dished from a 16-inch pie carved into eight wedges."... More

New York's First Pizza-Eating Contest

New York. Pizza. An eternally happy couple. It's about time, then, that New York got a serious pizza-eating competition on par with Nathan's Hot Dogs or the Wing Bowl. This Sunday, October 12, the first-ever World Pizza Eating Championship will be held in Times Square. It's the newest official event of the International Federation of Competitive Eating, sponsored by Famous Famiglia. Reigning hot dog champion Joey Chestnut and burger master Patrick Bertoletti (not to mention the current burrito and sweet corn champs) will be at the competitors' table. My bet is on Chestnut. If you fold a slice in... More

Belly Buster Challenge in Santa Clara, California

Could you eat an entire 20-inch pizza by yourself? With two toppings? What if it guaranteed you free pizza for a year? Blogger Bear Silber reaches for the eye of the tiger: The Pizza and Pipes Belly Buster challenge was a success. A few men set out to make history, two became boys while one became a legend. What exactly is the Belly Buster challenge you ask. Simple, it’s a 20” pizza that must be consumed in one hour or less by one individual. To date many have tried but none have been victorious. The Hall of Shame is filled... More

Gothamist Judges Long Island Pizza

IMG_6203.jpg, blogged to Slice from the Flickr photostream of gothamistllc Gothamist editor-at-large and friend of Slice Tien Mao served as judge last Saturday at the Best of Long Island Pizza contest. Five Long Island–based pizzerias competed in each of five categories: regular, marinara, Sicilian, grandma, and specialty. In Mr. Mao's words: Our favorites from the day were Paradiso for regular pizza, Prince Umberto's in Sicilian, Paradiso's in marinara, Antino's in grandma, and Paradiso's in the specialty pizza. The winners for best pizza were Prince Umberto's for best regular and Sicilian, Paradiso for best marinara, Antino's for best grandma, and... More

Bay City Steamroller

Thassasalotta pizza! Fifteen-year-old Chris Pappas walked into B& C Pizza weighing in at 125 pounds. He left at least 7 pounds - plus $200 - heavier. Pappas, a sophomore at Bangor John Glenn High School, ate an entire B & C Party Pizza in under an hour, winning the B & C Pizza Lovers Challenge and taking home the prize money. The 18-inch, 7-pound pizza is smothered in pepperoni, ham, bacon, sausage, green olives, green pepper, mushrooms, onions, cheese and sauce. Teen puts away huge pizza to win $200 prize [The Bay City Times]... More

Top Dog Takeru Hints At Retirement

NOOOOOO!!!!!!! The Post's Page Six says international hot-dog-eating champion Kobayashi "The Tsunami" Takeru may soon retire from competitive eating. We say honto ni!? From the Post: "Lately, I have been thinking of retiring," said Kobayashi, who has won the annual Coney Island frank fest four years in a row. "I want to retire before I disappoint my fans. It is not the competition that I fear. It is a decline in my own abilities. I must go out on top." This is bittersweet news for us at Slice. We have great admiration for Mr. Kobayashi and were looking forward to... More

Surf And ... Surf

Slice is, of course, a pizza-information resource. We take our mission seriously and rarely deviate from it. Except when a juicy competitive-eating story presents itself. And if that story involves Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas, our favorite gustatory gladiator, then it warrants mention in these pages. Ms. Thomas has done it again. The No. 1–ranked U.S. competitive eater just clinched a team lobster-eating event in Maine by eating 38 of the crunchy crustaceans in 12 minutes. That breaks down to 9.76 lbs. of lobster meat, or a little more than 9 percent of her 105 lb. body weight. She won... More

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