Competitive Eating


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An activity in which participants compete against each other to consume large quantities of food in a short time period. Contests typically last less than 15 minutes; the person consuming the most food is the winner
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Every year, on the Friday before the Super Bowl, Philadelphians gather to celebrate the art of competitive eating.
But did you know that the world of competitive eating has lesser known contests, including ones with kosher food?
Maybe the keep-fit routines that earlier pilots had to undergo will be replaced by competitive eating - "keep fat" contests for their modern-day counterparts?
The first Stand By Me Day was held in July 2007 and included a blueberry-pie-eating contest run by Major League Eating, a New York City-based outfit that sanctions competitive eating events such as the annual Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island.
The most feedback I ever received on columns came the couple of times when I wondered why competitive eating didn't receive more play in the fantasy sports community.
Meanwhile Ricasa, who herself had adopted competitive eating, expects hotdog as a part of the menu on the tying-knot day, for which the date has not yet been set.
This also leverages Holland's celebrity status to attract some of the world's best-known competitive eating champions, including Takeru Kobayashi.
Pan, 45, is the most celebrated exponent of the art of competitive eating in China -- although he says his gut-busting quest has cost him his marriage.
But on Saturday he will be facing two men ranked fourth and fifth in the world by the International Federation of Competitive Eating.
Formed in 1997, the International Federation of Competitive Eating, now known as the Major League Eating (MLE), has over 9,000 members and hosts 80 events a year.

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