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Caesar Salad and Diet Coke with Takeru Kobayashi, the World’s Most Competitive Eater — Interview

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— by Thom Bettridge: It’s 2pm at The Breslin in downtown New York, and I am power-lunching with Takeru Kobayashi, a man who once famously ate 13 grilled cheese sandwiches in a minute. The waiter arrives, and we both order a Caesar salad and Diet Coke. His manager orders french fries. Kobayashi tells me that Diet Coke is one of his only vices, and that when he’s not downing 62 slices of pizza in 12 minutes, he typically keeps to a strict diet. As a one-of-a-kind talent in the world of competitive eating — arguably the greatest ever in his field — the 41-year-old seems keenly aware of the inherent novelty and campiness of what he does…

Image courtesy of Hunter Abrams

May 3, 2019

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