Record setting competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi has again claimed the top spot in the world of competitive eating with his mind-boggling performance at this year's wing eating championship.
Kobayashi was able to consume 337 wings in just a half hour at Philadelphia's Wing Bowl XX. The professional eater earned the top prize of $20,000 and also a new world record.
The Japanese eater easily surpassed last year's record of 255 set by Jonathan "Super" Squibb.
The competition last Friday morning drew an estimated 20,000 people to the event which was held at the Wells Fargo Center. Many of the eating enthusiasts were eagerly waiting even before sunrise to watch competitor's defy logic and stuff themselves with chicken wings.
This was Kobayashi's first Wing Bowl, but not his first competition. He earned his reputation for putting back enough food for dozens of people at Coney Island's Nathans Hot Dog eating championship. A six-time winner of the event, Kobayashi showed his poise as he smiled with onlookers during the wing-eating frenzy.
Weighing a mere 127 pounds, Kobayashi easily defeated the other competitors. Finishing in second eating 271 wings was three-time champion Jonathan "Super " Squibb followed by local favorite Bill "El Wingador" Simmons.
But Kobayahsi also showed that he can put his eating talents to other uses by helping others who are less fortunate.
Kobayasi was joined by Cherry Hill Imports' Jon Alessandri to present a check for $3,370 to Philabundance's Marlo DelSordo to help those in the community.
Philabundance aims to reduce hunger and food insecurity for those living in the Delaware Valley by providing food access to people in need.
"I am fortunate to be able to eat for a living, and it's a blessing I don't take for granted," said Kobayashi. "I have made it a personal mission to use my unique platform to help advance hunger-related causes in the various communities in which I compete."