Japan’s Kobayashi Edges U.S.’s Chestnut in Pizza-Eating Contest

According to a news report from, “Japan’s Takeru Kobayashi outlasted Joey Chestnut when the eating titans faced off to see who could devour the most pizzas.”

“Kobayashi, a six-time world hot dog eating champion from Japan, consumed 5¾ P’zones — a kind mixture between a pizza and a calzone — in a six-minute span of chaotic consumption Saturday to edge Chestnut. The 25-year-old from San Jose, California, wolfed down 5½ P’zones on Stage 15 at Sony Studios,” said the story. “I’m a little bummed,” Chestnut said. “There’s nobody I like beating more than him, he pushes me harder than anybody.” The arch rivals are best known for their annual Fourth of July hot dog eating showdowns on New York’s Coney Island. Chestnut has beaten his Japanese competitor the last two years, winning last year in a five-dog eat-off after they tied at 59 frankfurters in 10 minutes.”