Big Denny Battles ‘Bigfoot’ for the Barstow Eating Championship
Mike Paulle Goes from Eating People to Eating Dog
by Max Shapiro | Published: Mar 21, 2012
There’s an old saying: “Some people eat to live while others live to eat.” There’s actually a third category: the professional gobblers who eat for a living by entering contests. The number one competitive eater in the world is a 28-year-old student at San Jose State University named Joey “Jaws” Chestnut. His most notable achievement is winning the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest the last five years in a row. In 2009 he set a record by gulping down 68 dogs and buns in 10 minutes! Now that is a talented culinary consumer – or, as Aunt Sophie would say, “What a fresser!” Recently reading about Chestnut, I felt a kinship because I also attended San Jose State University, and I grew up near Coney Island, where I would spend all day playing the penny arcade machines (yes, they were a penny back then), and ...
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