Takeru Kobayashi is a Japanese who has held several eating records including four Guinness World Record for consuming different kinds of foods such as hamburgers, hot dogs, pasta, meatballs and even Twinkies. He is known for his Kobayashi Shake where he wiggles his body to pull food he has swallowed down through his esophagus so that the food can settle at a more compact manner in his stomach. His style in eating hotdogs is by splitting the frankfurter in half before dipping the bun in water, eventually stuffing both parts in his mouth.
Takeru Kobayashi was born in Nagano, Japan on March 15, 1978 and is also known by the name Kobi and monicker The Tsunami. He is 173 cm tall or 5 feet and 8 inches and proclaims to have a weight of only 58 kilograms or 128 lbs. In his first appearance in an eating contest in 2001, he set right away an eating record of 50 hotdogs which he consumed in only 12 minutes at the Nathan’s Coney Island Hotdog Eating Contest. He doubled the previous record, making him an instant celebrity for his achievement. His performance was unexpected, making the organizers resort to signs in informing the spectators on how many hotdogs he has already eaten.
He also set a record in the 2006 Krystal Square Off Hamburger Eating Contest. He consumed 97 hamburgers which was 30 more than the previous high in 2005 and 28 more than his world record in 2004. In the same year, Takeru set another world record by eating 58 bratwurst sausages in just 10 minutes in the Johnsonvilee World Bratwurst Eating Championship in Wisconsin. The record was 23 more than the previous record set 1 year ago by Sonya Thomas.
Takeru also holds the record in eating lobster rolls by consuming 41 Summer Shack lobster rolls in just 10 minutes at the 2006 Phantom Food Festival in Boston, eventually breaking the record of 22 rolls. He also holds the world eating records in cow brains with 17.7 lbs in 15 minutes and rice balls. He ate 20 pounds of rice balls in 30 minutes. In 2007, he injured his jaw and this slightly affected his performance in the world hot dog eating contest in 2007 where he was defeated by his arch rival Chestnut. Chestnut ate a total of 66 hot dogs to his 63 which, despite his slight injury, was a personal record.
Kobayashi has won the Nathan’s Annual Hotdog Eating Contest for an unprecendented six times in a row from 2001 to 2006 and held the record from his first appearance until 2007. He participated in this annual contest until 2009 and placed second from 2007 to 2009. In 2010, he did not compete due to contract dispute. The annual contest lost a lot of sponsors after Kobayashi decided not to join the annual affair.