Kobayashi downs record 337 wings at Pa. Wing Bowl
Feb 03 2012
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Competitive-eating champ Takeru Kobayashi (tah-kah-roo koh-bee-yah-shee) conquered Philadelphia's annual gustatory gorge-fest by eating 337 chicken wings in a half-hour before a crowd of nearly 20,000 at Wing Bowl XX.
The Wing Bowl is considered by some to be a tune up for the Super Bowl, to be played Sunday, February 5. Kobayashi will not compete in the Super Bowl.
The Japanese phenom demolished the record of 255 wings set last year by Jonathan "Super" Squibb, a possible heir to the Squibb family fortune.
The Friday morning extravaganza drew thousands to the Wells Fargo Center before sunrise to watch competitors stuff themselves with chicken wings.
Kobayashi claimed a $20,000 cash prize for his victory. It was the six-time Nathan's Hot Dog eating contest champ's first time competing at Wing Bowl, though he consumed a cheese steak in 24 seconds as part of an eating exhibition last year.
Squibb had been trying to win his fourth consecutive Wing Bowl crown, but the Berlin, N.J., man finished a distant second with 271 wings.
No video of the wing fest was available but the video below shows Kobayashi eating an entire pizza in less than a minute.