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Kobayashi clobbers gringos at tacos

By editorial assistant Sandi Toxic

Posted August 12, 2012
Takeru 'Kobi' Kobayashi wins at tacos
Kobayashi in 2010: No idea what he's eating but it looks like kupa. (Check bottom for credit)

Living legend Takeru 'Kobi' Kobayashi has stamped his name all over the Second Annual Gringo Bandito Taco Challenge at Chronic Tacos in Huntington Beach, California.

Not literally, obviously.

Anyway, chomping back 106 of the soft shell buggers in 10 minutes yesterday, Japanese-born Kobi not only trounced the tally of 81 he clocked up to win last year's event, but in doing so also established a new world record, apparently.

Furthermore, he also pocketed the five-grand grand prize.

Not bad for a day's work really.

Plus his tacos were probably free to boot.

Unless they presented him with bill afterwards or took it off his winnings.

Which we doubt.

Not being North Americans, we at the Rake & Herald have never tasted Gringo Bandito Hot Sauce, although according to a press release issued a few days before the event it is purportedly the brainchild of Dexter Holland, that bloke what's out of that band what's called the Offspring or something.

"This year's Gringo Bandito Taco Challenge is gonna be the best thing to ever happen to taco eating, ever," Holland supposedly said.

Sadly, we can't really comment on the accuracy of his prognosis because we were on the other side of the Atlantic when the chow-down took place.

Mind you, Kobi certainly seemed well up for it.

"I am looking forward to the second year of the Gringo Bandito Taco Challenge," he is quoted in the same press release mentioned above as saying.

"This competition is one where the weather and the food content is great for this sport."

"The players are serious and it once again brings the opportunity of visiting the West Coast and my good friend Dexter Holland."

"Can't wait to be there and show a great fight!"

Something he clearly did.

The Second Annual Gringo Bandito Taco Challenge was an independent competitive eating event outside the jurisdiction of Major League Eating (MLE) and the like, or as Holland put it: "This is an open contest and we have reached out to the best eaters out there. May the best taco eater win!"

Thanks to the miracle of the interweb, we know that that person was said Japanese-born living legend Takeru 'Kobi' Kobayashi.

Furthermore, we also know that the full results and cash prizes were as follows:

1) Takeru Kobayashi; 106 tacos ($5,000)

2) Damon Wells; 65 tacos ($1,000)

3) 'Furious' Pete Czerwinski; 57 tacos ($500)

4) Stephanie Torres; 54 tacos ($250)

5) Naader Reda; 50 tacos ($100)

6) Jimmy Lin; 33 tacos

7=) Matt Cohen; 29 tacos

7=) Aaron Ybarra; 29 tacos

9=) Shawn Kirby; 24 tacos

9=) Frank Paulin; 24 tacos

Heck, you can even watch the eating unfold here (intro), here (part one) and here (part two).

Meanwhile, if you haven't seen it already, we strongly recommend you have a watch of Furious World Tour, a proper TV show in which former-anorexic-turned-pro-gurgitator 'Furious' Pete Czerwinski gorges his way round the world to the amazement of the various locals he encounters.

To get a flavour, here he is doing his thing in Wawa:

Furious Pete's main YouTube channel is also well worth checking out as it's full of stuff like this:

His other YouTube channel, in which he rabbits on about stuff, is also pretty good and features some handy Polish language lessons, such as this one:

Yep, he's quite a dude.

Although we have no idea what he's so furious about.

But then, that's bodybuilders for you.

Anyway, that's me done.

I'm off to drink cheap schnapps down the park.

Picture credit

Top and thumb: Takeru Kobayashi back in March 2010 by dumbonyc.

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