Kobayashi eats record 58 brats in Wisconsin
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. The world's best competitive eater has chomped his way to another win.
Japan's Takeru Kobayashi (tah-kah-roo koh-bee-yah-shee) has consumed a record 58 bratwursts, without buns, at the Johnsonville World Bratwurst Eating Championship in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. That beat the record of 34 and a-half set last year by Virginia's Sonya Thomas.
Kobayashi earned eight-thousand dollars.
The 160-pound Kobayashi is a seasoned veteran at 27. But in the Nathan's Hot Dog eating contest in New York on July Fourth, he narrowly beat 22-year-old Joey Chestnut of San Jose, California.
Kobayashi says, "Brats are a little bit harder to eat." He explains that "with hot dogs, it's more volume. You're actually dipping the buns in water."
Chestnut finished a distant second with 45 brats. He says he "wasn't able to prepare for this contest like the Fourth of July."