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7/4/09 -- Chestnut vs. Kobayashi -- Noon EST Coney Island, NY

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94th Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest

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Defending Champion Joey Chestnut

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VS

Six-Time Champion Takeru Kobayashi

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The Mustard Belt

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NATHAN'S FAMOUS ANNOUNCES 2009 QUALIFYING TOUR FOR THE JULY FOURTH INTERNATIONAL HOT-DOG EATING CONTEST

Nathan's Famous, Inc. has announced that its annual July Fourth International Hot Dog Eating Contest will return for the 94th year at the company's flagship store in Coney Island on July 4, 2009. The event, which has become an integral part of America's celebration of Independence Day, will pit two-time champion Joey Chestnut against six-time champion Takeru Kobayashi.

In 2008, the world watched as Chestnut and Kobayashi battled it out in an exhilarating five hot dog overtime. Chestnut won, but Kobayashi immediately vowed to return to reclaim the Coveted Mustard Yellow Belt, the most revered award in the world of competitive eating.

In anticipation of the 2009 rematch, Nathan's Famous has announced a list of cities throughout the United States that will play host to official qualifying events. The champions of each qualifier will compete at the original Nathan's Famous in Coney Island on July Fourth.

"Each July Fourth I am thrilled as an enormous crowd gathers in front of the original Nathan's Famous," said Wayne Norbitz, President and COO of Nathan's Famous, Inc. "We value our association with this great American holiday and I appreciate the fans, who come from around the world to witness the spectacle first hand while millions more watch on ESPN."

Last year, Coney Island authorities stated that 40,000 fans crowded the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues in Coney Island to witness Joey Chestnut's rematch with Takeru Kobayashi. Over one million households tuned in to the contest's live telecast on ESPN. Chestnut, a San Jose resident, ate 59 hot dogs in the ten-minute contest and ended up in a tie with Japan's Kobayashi. Overtime ensued, and in just 50 seconds Chestnut completed an additional five hot dogs to secure his second Nathan's Famous title.

The official 2009 Nathan's Famous hot dog-eating circuit began on May 2nd in Biloxi, MS. Other cities on the tour include Las Vegas, NV (May 7),Boston, MA (May 9), Hartford, CT (May 16), Allentown, PA (May 17), Atlantic City, NJ (May 23), Tempe, AZ (May 30), Tampa, FL (May 30), Norfolk, VA (June 6), Kansas City, MO (June 6), Minneapolis, MN (June 6), Charlotte, NC (June 13), Denver, CO (June 13), Queens, NY (June 20), Atlanta, GA (June 27), and San Francisco, CA (June 27). Qualifiers were open to those 18 years of age.

The winner of each qualifying round received the right to compete in the Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest which, according to archives, has occurred each July 4th in Coney Island, NY since 1916, the year Nathan Handwerker opened the legendary restaurant.

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In honor of this event, I'll attempt to eat 20 tomorrow. How much time do i get?

12 minutes.

Rich "The Locust" LeFevre who is twice your age does it in half that!

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Rich LeFevre

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Rich LeFevre (nickname "The Locust") is a competitive eater from Henderson, Nevada (suburban Las Vegas). Rich and his wife, Carlene LeFevre, are said to form the "First Family of Competitive Eating" in spite of having normal weights and ages around 60, and are both top ranked members of the International Federation of Competitive Eating. The childless couple has combined to take two of the top seven places in Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest in 2003, 2004, and 2005. He competed at Wing Bowl XIV in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in which he placed second behind Joey Chestnut, another IFOCE champion.

LeFevre was originally known as a superstar in the long game of competitive eating who didn't care for the short, eight- to 12-minute contests of the IFOCE. Since the earliest days of his career, LeFevre has excelled in longer, 30- to 45-minute events. However, the distance man has adapted recently, competing in the shorter contests and compiling an impressive list of victories. He has won several difficult contests and seems as comfortable with a short contest as most other eaters on the circuit.

He is known for his strong jaw and for his capacity, which seems to increase, not decrease, as a contest progresses. Previously considered an outsider in the competitive eating community, Lefevre embraced the formal eating circuit for the first time in 2002, participating in hot dogs, all-you-can-eat buffet and chili. Since then his prowess and reputation have grown.

World records

* Birthday cake: 5 pounds in 11 minutes 26 seconds on May 10, 2005

* Chili: 1½ U.S. gallons Stagg Chili in 10 minutes

* Corn dogs: 12 Fletcher's Corny Dogs in 10 minutes at State Fair of Texas on September 28, 2003

* Pizza: 7½ extra large Bacci pizza slices in 15 minutes in Chicago on July 9, 2005

* Smoked pork: 7 pounds 1 ounce smoked pork in 10 minutes at Bluffs Run Casino on August 21, 2005

* Spam: 6 pounds of Spam from the can in 12 minutes on April 3, 2004

* Tex-Mex rolls: 30 rolls in 12 minutes at GameWorks at Great Lakes Crossing on March 12, 2005

* Jalapenos: 247 jalapeños in 8 minutes to set new world record on 10 August or 8 October 2006

* Completed 120 ounce steak challenge including 2 sides for 6 in 40 minutes on 10/17/08 at Brand Steakhouse in the Monte Carlo Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas

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Here are the current rankings in the sport. At :: Welcome to Major League Eating :: you can read bios on almost all of these folks.

MLE Rankings  	 

Below are current eater rankings.

01: : Joey Chestnut
02: : Patrick Bertoletti
03: : Takeru Kobayashi
04: : Timothy Janus
05: : Bob Shoudt
06: : Sonya Thomas
07: : Hall Hunt
08: : Richard LeFevre
09: : Juliet Lee
10: : Tim Brown
11: : Patrick Vandam
12: : Juris Shibayama
13: : Eric Booker
14: : Crazy Legs Conti
15: : Erik "The Red" Denmark
16: : Patrick Philbin
17: : Allen Goldstein
18: : Arturo Rios, Jr.
19: : Nathan Biller
20: : Pete Davekos
21: : Micah Collins
22: : Eric Livingston
23: : Kevin Ross
24: : Mike Fitzgerald
25: : Jim Reeves
26: : Yellowcake Subich
27: : Russ Keeler
28: : David "US Male" Goldstein
29: : Chris Abatsas
30: : Nic Fry
31: : William Myers
32: : Brickhouse Braunstein
33: : Jason Erb
34: : Joe LaRue
35: : Ron Koch
36: : Paul Barlow
37: : Larry McNeil
38: : Brian Seiken
39: : Paul Sakelarides
40: : Mike Springer
41: : Damon Serignet
42: : Shawn Kirby
43: : El Toro Jimenez
44: : Andrew McKirdy
45: : Cameron McKirdy
46: : Scott Zukowski
47: : Timm Dilling
48: : David "SyKoBOZO" Cagle
49: : Richard Foley
50: : Mike Landrich

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Here are the MLE Records:

MLE Records  	  

24" Pizza
7 1/2 Extra Large Bacci Pizza Slices
15 Minutes/ July 9, 2005
Richard LeFevre

16" Pizza
22 Slices/Three Brothers Pizza
10 Minutes/Aug. 18, 2007
Patrick Bertoletti

Armour Vienna Sausage
8.31 pounds Armour Vienna Sausage /Lowe's Motor Speedway Charlotte
10 Minutes/ May 28, 2005
Sonya Thomas

Asparagus
8.8 pounds Tempura Deep Fried Aspargus Spears/ Stockton Asparagus Fest
10 minutes/ Apr. 26, 2008
Joey Chestnut

Baked Beans
Six Pounds Baked Beans
One Minute, 48 Seconds
Don Lerman

Baked Beans, Long Course
8.4 Pounds Baked Beans/ 84 Lumber
2 minutes 47 seconds/ Aug. 7, 2004
Sonya Thomas

Beef Tongue
3 pound 3 ounces pickled beef tongue whole
12 minutes
Dominic Cardo

Birthday Cake
Five Pounds/ TripRewards 1st Birthday
11 Minutes, 26 Seconds/ May 10, 2005
Richard LeFevre

Blueberry Pie (Hands-Free)
9.17 lbs blueberry pie/Stand By Me World Pie Eating Championship
8 minutes/July 28, 2007
Patrick Bertoletti

Bologna
2.76 Pounds Pork & Chicken Bologna/Eats of Strength
Six Minutes/May 6, 2006
Don Lerman

Brats
58 Johnsonville Brats / Brat Days
10 Minutes/ Aug. 5, 2006
Takeru Kobayashi

Buffet
5 1/2 pounds of buffet food
12 minutes
Crazy Legs Conti

Burritos
15 BurritoVille burritos
8 minutes
Eric Booker

Burritos, Long Form
11.81 lbs burritos/Costa Vida Fresh Mexican Grill
10 Minutes/Sep. 22, 2007
Timothy Janus

Butter
7 quarter-pound sticks, salted butter
5 minutes
Don Lerman

Cabbage
6 pounds 9 ounces giant cabbage
9 minutes
Charles Hardy

Candy Bars
Two Pounds Chocolate Candy Bars
6 minutes
Eric Booker

Cannoli (tied)
26 large cannoli/San Gennaro Festival
6 minutes/Sept. 15, 2006
Timothy Janus

Cannoli (tied)
26 large cannoli/San Gennaro Festival
6 minutes/Sept. 16, 2005
Cookie Jarvis

Cheesecake
11 pounds Downtown Atlantic Cheesecake
9 minutes/ Sept. 26, 2004
Sonya Thomas

Chicken Nuggets
80 Chicken Nuggets
5 Minutes
Sonya Thomas

Chicken Wings, 12 minutes
7.5 lbs Buffalo Chicken Wings
12 minutes/ May 21, 2007
Joey Chestnut

Chicken Wings, Long form
182 chicken wings
30 minutes
Joey Chestnut

Chicken Wings, Short form
2 pounds, 2.5 ounces Hooter's Chicken Wings
5 minutes
Cookie Jarvis

Chicken-Fried Steak
6 11-ounce chicken fried steaks with country gravy/ Lone Star Cafe
12 minutes/ Nov. 2, 2003
Cookie Jarvis

Chili
1 1/2 gallon Stagg Chili
10 minutes
Richard LeFevre

Chili Cheese Fries
8 lbs, 2 oz Wienerschnitzel Chili Cheese Fries at the Queen Mary
10 minutes/February 11, 2006
Sonya Thomas

Chocolate
1 lb, 15.5 oz Chicago Chocolate Hearts
7 minutes/Feb. 13, 2006
Patrick Bertoletti

Conch Fritters
45 conch fritters
6 minutes
Joe Menchetti

Corn Dogs
12 Fletcher's Corny Dogs/ State Fair of Texas
10 minutes/ Sept. 28, 2003
Richard LeFevre

Corned Beef & Cabbage
10.63 lbs Corned Beef & Cabbage
10 Minutes/ Mar. 16, 2007
Patrick Bertoletti

Corned Beef Hash
4 pounds of hash
1 minute 58 seconds
Eric Booker

Corned Beef Sandwiches
11 8-ounce Corned Beef Sandwiches
10 minutes/Jan. 11, 2006
Patrick Bertoletti

Cow Brains
57 (17.7 pounds)
15 minutes
Takeru Kobayashi

Crab Cakes
46 Phillips Crab Cakes/Baltimore Waterfront Festival
10 Minutes/ April 29, 2006
Sonya Thomas

Cranberry Sauce, Jellied
13.23 lbs jellied cranberry sauce/Spike TV's MLE Chowdown
8 Minutes/Nov. 22, 2007
Juliet Lee

Crawfish
331 crawfish
12 minutes
Chris Hendrix

Date Nut Bread
29.5 Chock full o'Nuts Date Nut Breat and Cream Cheese Sandwiches
8 minutes/December 20, 2006
Patrick Bertoletti

Deep-Fried Okra
9.75 lbs Deep Fried Okra/GoldenPalace.net at the Oklahoma State Fair
10 Minutes/Sept. 16, 2006
Sonya Thomas

Doughnuts
49 glazed doughnuts
8 minutes/October 2, 2002
Eric Booker

Doughnuts, Cream-filled
47 Glazed and Cream-filled Doughnuts/MLE St. Patrick's Day Chowdown
5 minutes/March 17, 2007
Patrick Bertoletti

Dumplings
91 Chinese dumplings
8 minutes
Cookie Jarvis

Eggs
65 Hard Boiled Eggs
6 minutes, 40 seconds
Sonya Thomas

French Fries
4.46 pounds Nathan's Famous Crinkle Cut Fries
Six Minutes/ March 31, 2005
Cookie Jarvis

Fruitcake
4 pounds, 14 1/4 ounces Wegmans Fruitcake
10 minutes/ Dec. 30, 2003
Sonya Thomas

Gelatin Dessert
7 16-ounce portions
3 minutes
Steve Lakind

Grapes
8 Pounds, 15 Ounces Grapes/ Smirnoff Twisted V Wild Grape
10 Minutes/ Nov. 1, 2005
Cookie Jarvis

Green Beans, French Cut
2.71 Pounds Green Beans
Six Minutes
Crazy Legs Conti

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
47 grilled cheese sandwiches
10 Minutes/ June 10, 2006
Joey Chestnut

Grits
21 lbs of Grits at Harrah's Louisiana Downs
10 minutes/Sept. 29, 2007
Patrick Bertoletti

Gyoza
231 chicken and vegetable gyoza/Los Angeles Nisei Week
10 minutes/August 23, 2008
Joey Chestnut

Ham & Potatoes
6 pounds of Easter Feaster meal
12 minutes
Cookie Jarvis

Ham, sliced
2 lbs, 10 oz. holiday spiral sliced ham
5 minutes/Dec. 15, 2006
Seaver Miller

Hamburger: Big Daddy Burger
9 pound cheeseburger/ Plaza Hotel Casino
27 minutes, 0 seconds/ Jan. 21, 2006
Sonya Thomas

Hamburgers
11 1/4 Burgers (1/4 pound) "Cloud Burgers"
10 minutes
Don Lerman

Hamburgers
7 Burgers (3/4 pound) "Thickburgers"
10 minutes
Sonya Thomas

Hamburgers: Krystals
103 Krystal Burgers
8 minutes/October 28, 2007
Joey Chestnut

Hamentaschen
50 traditional Purim cookies
6 minutes
Eric Booker

Horseshoe Sandwiches
6 lbs, 5 oz horseshoe sandwiches
12 minutes
Joey Chestnut

Hot Dogs
66 Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs and Buns
12 minutes/ July 4, 2007
Joey Chestnut

Huevos Rancheros
7.75 lbs Huevos Rancheros
10 minutes/March 18, 2006
Richard LeFevre

Hutspot (potato-based "hotchpotch," or stew)
13 Bowls
10 minutes
Henry Hatau

Ice Cream
1 gallon, 9 ounces of vanilla ice cream
12 minutes
Cookie Jarvis

Ice Cream, Short form
1.75 Gallons Brooklyn Vanilla Ice Cream
8 minutes/May 26, 2006
Patrick Bertoletti

Jalapeno Poppers
118 Jalapeno Poppers/University of Arizona
10 minutes/April 8, 2006
Joey Chestnut

Jalapenos, Pickled
177 Pickled Jalapeno Peppers/Sky City Casino
15 Minutes/Aug. 26, 2006
Patrick Bertoletti

Jalapenos, Pickled, Short-form
247 pickled jalapeno peppers/State Fair of Texas
8 minutes/Oct. 8, 2006
Richard LeFevre

Jambalaya
9 Pounds Crawfish Jambalaya/ LuLu's Mardi Gras
10 Minutes/ Feb. 24, 2004
Sonya Thomas

Key Lime Pie
10.8 pounds Key Lime Pie
8 minutes/Mar. 21, 2006
Patrick Bertoletti

Kolache Factory Kolaches
56 Sausage and Cheese Kolaches/Kolache Factory in Houston, TX
8 Minutes/Sept. 14, 2007
Joey Chestnut

Kolaches
44 Cherry Kolaches/GoldenPalace.net at the Nebraska State Fair
8 Minutes/Sept. 2, 2006
Patrick Bertoletti

Krystal Hamburgers, 2 minutes
39 Krystal Hamburgers
2 minutes/September 2007
Bob Shoudt

Lobster Rolls
41 Lobster Rolls in Boston challenge
10 minutes/Sept. 23, 2006
Takeru Kobayashi

Maine Lobster/ Kennebunk
44 Maine Lobsters (11.3 Pounds of meat) from the shell
12 minutes/ Aug. 13, 2005
Sonya Thomas

Matzo Balls
21 baseball-sized matzo balls
5 minutes, 25 seconds
Eric Booker

Mayonnaise
4 32-ounce bowls mayonnaise
8 minutes
Oleg Zhornitskiy

Meat Pies
16 six-ounce meat pies
10 minues
Boyd Bulot

Meatballs
10 pounds, 3 Ounces Meatballs/ Carmine's Restaurant at Tropicana Hotel Casino
12 minutes/ Dec. 3, 2005
Sonya Thomas

Mince Pies
46 Mince Pies at the Wookey Hole Big Eat in Somerset, England
10 minutes/Nov. 29, 2006
Sonya Thomas

Native American Fry Bread
9.75 Fry Breads
8 Minutes/October 28, 2006
Erik The Red Denmark

Nigiri Sushi
141 pieces of Nigiri Sushi/MLE: The Game Promotion
6 Minutes/April 11, 2008
Timothy Janus

Onions
8.5 ounces Maui Onions (three onions)/ Whalers Village
1 minute/ Aug. 8, 2004
Eric Booker

Oysters
46 Dozen Acme Oysters/ Acme Oyster House
10 Minutes/ Mar. 20, 2005
Sonya Thomas

Oysters, Short Form
34 dozen Acme oysters/French Quarter Festival, New Orleans
8 Minutes/April 12, 2008
Patrick Bertoletti

Pancakes
3 1/2 pounds pancakes & bacon
12 minutes
Crazy Legs Conti

Pasta
6 2/3 pounds linguini (no. 115)
10 minutes
Cookie Jarvis

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches
42 PB&J/Drum Corps International
10 minutes/Aug. 8, 2007
Patrick Bertoletti

Peas
9.5 one-pound bowls
12 minutes
Eric Booker

Pelemeni
274 Russian dumplings
6 minutes
Dale Boone

Pickles, Sour
2.99 pounds
5 Minutes
Cookie Jarvis

Pickles, Vinegar
2.7 Pounds Kosher Dills
Six Minutes
Brian Seiken

Pigs' Feet and Knuckles
2.89 lbs pigs' feet meat/State Fair Meadowlands
10 minutes/June 23, 2007
Arturo Rios, Jr.

Pizza Hut P'Zones
4.82 lbs Pizza Hut P'Zones
6 minutes/July 10, 2007
Joey Chestnut

Pomme Frites
2 pounds 9 ounces of Pomme Frites
8 minutes
Cookie Jarvis

Pork and Beans (84 Lumber)
84 ounces of baked beans
1 minute 52 seconds
Dale Boone

Pork Ribs
9.8 pounds pork rib meat/ John Ascuaga's Nugget Casino Resort
12 minutes/August 27, 2008
Joey Chestnut

Pork, Pulled
9 Pounds, 6 Ounces Smoked, Pulled Pork/ Horseshoe Casino Council Bluffs
10 Minutes/ Sept. 16, 2006
Joey Chestnut

Pork, Pulled Sandwiches
45 pulled pork sandwiches
10 minutes/ Sept. 1, 2007
Joey Chestnut

Posole
9 lbs, 3 ounces Posole/ Sky City Casino
12 Minutes/ Nov. 18, 2006
Patrick Bertoletti

Potato Wedges
3.74 lbs Buffalo Wild Wings Potato Wedges/Spike TV's MLE Chowdown
8 minutes/October 18, 2007
Tim Brown

Pumpkin Pies
4-3/8 Entenmann's Pumpkin Pies
12 Minutes/ Nov. 22, 2004
Eric Booker

Quesadilla
31.5 4-inch Cheese Quesadilla
5 minutes
Sonya Thomas

Ramen Noodles
10.5 lbs Ramen Noodles/NARUTO: Clash of Ninja Revolution for Nintedo Wii
8 minutes/October 27, 2007
Timothy Janus

Reindeer Sausage
28 Glacier Brewhouse Reindeer Sausage
10 minutes
Dale Boone

Rice Balls
20 pounds rice balls
30 minutes
Takeru Kobayashi

Sausage Sandwiches
13.25 Gianelli Sausage Sandwiches/New York State Fair
12 minutes/Aug. 26, 2006
ChipBurger Simpson

Shoo-Fly Pie
11.1 Pounds Shoo-Fly Pie/ Rockvale Outlets
8 Minutes/ June 23, 2007
Patrick Bertoletti

Shrimp
4 pounds 15 ounces spot shrimp
12 minutes/Sept. 22, 2006
Erik The Red Denmark

SPAM
6 pounds of SPAM from the can/ SPAMARAMA
12 minutes/ Apr. 3, 2004
Richard LeFevre

Steeplechase/Chowdown Championship
Pork burgers, Beef ribeye sandwiches, Turkey Legs, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Cupcakes/Indiana State Fair
August 19, 2006
Bob Shoudt

Steeplechase/Ultimate Eating Tournament
Shrimp, Pralines, Hot Dogs, Nachos, Gelato/Broadway at the Beach
10 minutes/ Apr. 22, 2006
Bob Shoudt

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
7.9 lbs Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
8 minutes/July 29, 2006
Patrick Bertoletti

Strawberry Shortcake
15.25 lbs Strawberry Shortcake/Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival
8 Minutes/June 17, 2007
Patrick Bertoletti

Sweet Corn
34.75 ears sweet corn/ Sweet Corn Fiesta
12 minutes/ Apr. 29, 2007
Crazy Legs Conti

Sweet Potato Casserole
8.62 pounds/ NC State Fair
11 minutes/ Oct. 20, 2004
Sonya Thomas

Tacos
48 soft chicken tacos/ Zocalo Restaurant
11 minutes/ Sept. 29, 2004
Sonya Thomas

Tamales
71 Tamales/Old Town Lewisville/Dallas Tortilla & Tamale Factory
12 Minutes/Sept. 1, 2007
Timothy Janus

Tex Mex Rolls
30 Tex Mex Rolls/ GameWorks at Great Lakes Crossing
12 minutes/ Mar. 12, 2005
Richard LeFevre

Tiramisu
4 pounds tiramisu/ Verducci's Market
6 minutes/ Mar. 5, 2005
Timothy Janus

Toasted Ravioli
4 pounds toasted ravioli by Charlie Gitto's at Harrah's St. Louis
12 Minutes/ Nov. 20, 2004
Sonya Thomas

Turducken
7 3/4 pounds Turducken.com Thanksgiving Dinner
12 minutes/ Nov. 26, 2003
Sonya Thomas

Ultimate Eating Tournament (Various Foods)
7 Chicken Wings, 1 lb of Nachos, 3 Hot Dogs, 2 Personal Pizzas, 3 Italian Ices/Broaday at the Beach
7 minutes, 13 seconds/April 19, 2008
Juliet Lee

Waffles
29 Waffles (8 oz.)/ Waffle House
10 Minutes/ Oct. 7, 2007
Patrick Bertoletti

Watermelon
13.22 pounds Watermelon/ Brookville Community Picnic
15 minutes/ July 30, 2005
Jim Reeves

Whole Turkey
4 pounds, 12.8 ounces roast turkey meat/Thanksgiving Invitational
12 minutes/ Nov. 22, 2006
Patrick Bertoletti

Whole Turkey, Short Form
6.91 lbs roast turkey meat/Spike TV's MLE Chowdown
8 Minutes/Nov. 22, 2007
Patrick Bertoletti

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If any of you attend in person and see "Krazy" Kevin Lipsitz, punch him in the yamsack for me.

It appears he has retired:

Staten Island's 'Krazy' Lipsitz has his fill of competitive eating

Posted by eadanna September 12, 2008 18:34PM

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Kevin Lipsitz, center, is joined by fellow competitive eaters

Ed "Cookie" Jarvis, left, and Don "Moses" Lerman as he's

honored at the San Gennaro festival in Little Italy.

They were just three hungry men and a dream.

What began for voracious Staten Island resident "Krazy" Kevin Lipsitz and his two over-eating chums as a cross-country quest for gluttonous glory, soon became a burgeoning phenomena: Competitive eating.

More than a decade and untold hot dogs, pickles, hamburgers, matzoh balls, hard-boiled eggs and cannoli later, the 49-year-old Eltingville resident has lost his appetite.

Today, Lipsitz, one of the pioneers of a great American sport, hung up his wet napkin.

During an emotional ceremony before the cannoli eating contest at the San Gennaro festival in Little Italy, Lipsitz was sent off in style. He received praise from his contemporaries, cheers from adoring fans, and the highest honor bestowed by the International Federation of Competitive Eating (IFOCE) and Major League Eating: "The Lifetime Achievement Award."

"It's an honor. I had a great career, but its time to move on and let younger competitors step in," Lipsitz said afterward, holding aloft the three-foot tall trophy.

George Shea, chairman of the IFOC, the sanctioning body that organizes events like the Philly Wing Bowl and the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, credited Lipsitz with helping to "establish competitive eating and bring it to the platform it now enjoys."

"He is a national treasure, and losing him is going to be a blow to the sport," Shea said.

Indeed, when Lipsitz began doing the food contest circuit in 1997, there were only a handful of diehard eaters that traveled to competitions and the only prize was the satisfaction of being called the best. That was before he and fellow gurgitators Don "Moses" Lerman and Ed "Cookie" Jarvis took a transcontinental trip in search of eating contests so Lipsitz could qualify for the Coney Island showdown in 2001. Despite falling short a number of times - and a urinary tract infection that forced the group to stop almost every hour - Lipsitz would not quit until he made it to the Super Bowl of the competitive eating.

"No one has more guts than this guy," Jarvis said.

The trip was chronicled in a 2003 Discovery Channel documentary titled "Gut Busters. The three also starred in The Glutton Bowl, a two-hour event on Fox Television that same year.

The shows proved that eat-till-you-puke events could sell, and soon cable channels were airing Major League Eating events. ESPN now airs competitive eating events like Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest. The Krystal Square Off World Hamburger Eating Championship in Tennessee now has a first-prize purse of $50,000.

Beside his contributions to the sport, Lipsitz' engorging exploits are legendary. When he was eight-years-old, he ate 19 ears of corn in one sitting - "That's when I knew I had talent," he said. He trained at the buffets across Staten Island, until he was no longer welcome at most of them. He faced off against Curtis Sliwa for the pickle championship and took the title by consuming 2 ½ pounds of sour pickles in five minutes. He once drove from New York to Ft. Lauderdale non-stop for a Nathan's competition qualifier, which he lost by ½ a hot dog.

And he and his wife, Lorraine "Lorraineosaurus Rex" Lipsitz, are the first - and possibly only - competitive eating couple.

At the height of his hunger, Krazy Kevin was traveling thousands of miles to throw down in 60 competitions per year. He qualified for seven straight Nathan's contests - another record - collected his share of trophies, and more second and third place wins than any eater in the history of the sport.

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Wow, That is absolutely disgusting and awesome at the same time. haha. Has anyone seen this video of Joey Chestnut?:

I've seen people try that in an hour and not be able to do it. That guy is crazy.

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Wow, That is absolutely disgusting and awesome at the same time. haha. Has anyone seen this video of Joey Chestnut?:

I've seen people try that in an hour and not be able to do it. That guy is crazy.

I've done a gallon of milk in 2 1/2 minutes. Whole milk. Red Cap, brotha.

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Yeah, ok Joey ... big shot. how bout you eat 70 of these bad boys:

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Yeah, ok Joey ... big shot. how bout you eat 70 of these bad boys:

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That one looks all too familiar.

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