Takeru "The Tsunami" Kobayashi, 31, a professional eating champion from Japan took on American eater Joey "Jaws" Chesnut, 25, in a Pizza Hut P'Zone eating "chow"lenge hosted at the Spike TV Guys Choice Awards.
Rules included no dunking, a popular technique in hot dog eating competitions to soften the bread. Kobayashi and Chesnut both drank loads of water, but left the side of marinara sauce untouched. The average weight of one P'zone is 1.07lbs.
From the Associeated Press: "Kobayashi, a six-time world hot dog eating champion from Japan, consumed 5 3/4 P'zones in a six-minute span of chaotic consumption Saturday to edge Chestnut. The 25-year-old from San Jose, Calif., wolfed down 5 1/2 P'zones on Stage 15 at Sony Studios."
Kobayashi was recovering from the painful jaw disease TMJ at the time. Chestnut Held a previous 2008 P'zone Eating title beating out Marivic Stewart by chomping down 4 1/2 P'zones.
In other pizza competition news, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported that Sal Carbone won the Pizza Eating Champ title for the third year in a row, at Sunday’s Pizza Eating Competition in Bay Ridge. Carbone downed 22 slices of pizza in just 12 minutes. His previous record was 15.
The fifth annual competition was hosted at Rocco’s Pizzeria at 7818 Fifth Avenue, was part of the Bay Ridge Fifth Avenue Street Festival.