You assumedly eat like everyone else. You do, say, three full meals a day, maybe five smaller snack-meals, and your stomach appreciates your considerate attitude of moderation. But not everyone is like us, peacefully dining at a leisurely pace, savoring flavor profiles and offering conversation. Instead, there are those out in the world who eat like gods and goddesses, consuming calories at a baffling rate.
They’re competitive eaters and each of them apparently have a stomach akin to a seemingly bottomless stash of space to fill with food. They see those insane gimmicky food challenges at restaurants as training exercises, while people like us scoff at the sign and ask our fellow diners who could ever possibly do that. Well, the people on this list can.
Competitive eaters scarf down your summer quota of hot dogs in just minutes and we can’t stop being blown away by their abilities. Let us celebrate those who could vanquish a buffet if they so desired. Here a few competitive eaters that chow down on more food than we could ever dream of doing!
Pete "Furious Pete" Czerwinski has beaten an eating disorder as well as cancer (twice), so he comes with quite the rep. He's also gained millions of YouTube subscribers that have watched him consume large amounts of, well, anything. He's on video downing absurd amounts of whatever, from four sticks of butter to seven pounds of pulled pork.
Among her plentiful and very impressive competitive eating victories, Miki Sudo has most notably placed 1st in the women's category of Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017— downing 41 hot dogs the last time. The fact that her accomplishments are a laundry list of eating conquests should cement her place on this list. In one of Sudo’s own YouTube clips, we see her put down an 8 lb burger challenge with casual finesse.
Crazy Legs Conti
Crazy Legs Conti has done everything from eat his way out of a "popcorn sarcophagus" to winning the Big Easy Eat-Off with 168 oysters on the half shell to 3.5 pounds of sourdough pancakes and six pieces of bacon for the Hibernation Cup. There's even a documentary about the guy, Crazy Legs Conti: Zen and the Art of Competitive Eating. Until you see that, though, check out this video about the food machine from Great Big Story.
Given that he's the defending champion of the Tour de Donut bicycle races, in multiple states no less, Yasir Salem should have your attention. He’s the "World's #1 Speed Eater Ultra-Athlete," meaning the man can eat 47 ears of corn in 12 minutes as well as compete in marathons and Ironman competitions. To get inside the beastly eater's mentality and approach, watch this video from Barcroft TV.
Hall "Hoover" Hunt is a member of MENSA and can chow down 23 grilled cheese sandwiches in ten minutes. The dude has a civil engineering background and he comes at competitive eating with an academic mindset. It pays off, clearly. Thankfully, you can scope him out in full glory putting away sweet corn like nobody’s business, thanks to this video from Major League Eating.
In 2016, Molly Schulyer set the record at the annual Hwy 55 World Hamburger Eating Competition. In 2017, she beat her own record by downing seven stacked Hwy 55 burgers, a side of fries, and a 20 oz. drink, all in one minute and 37 seconds. To clarify, this is the #1 Female Independent Competitive Eater in the World that we’re talking about. She holds a staggering number of records across the country and shows no signs of slowing down. YouTuber Derek Farley has a video of Schuyler devouring a meal in a competition like she was a robot programmed for it.
It’s impossible to talk about Takeru Kobayashi without noting that he changed Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest in 2001 — and arguably all of competitive eating. Before that year, the record was 25 hot dogs and a bite or two into the 26th. Then, Kobayashi arrived and the record was suddenly 50. The Oregonian has a video of the dude waging war on two pizzas in two minutes before a PSU football game. Legend status, really.
Carmen Cincotti has an unbelievable résumé. He can eat 49 cheeseburgers in ten minutes, two gallons of chili in six minutes, and 170 peeps in five minutes. He’s currently the #2 competitive eater in the world and his YouTube channel is definitive proof why.
At the 2017 Wing Bowl in Philadelphia, Bob "Notorious B.O.B." Shoudt went insane — on finger-licking finger foods. Seriously, the man scarfed down 409 chicken wings like a boss. Wilder still, Shoudt is the oldest contestant to win the deal in its 25 years of existence.
The way people speak of Eric "Badlands" Booker," you'd think he was a one-man burrito hit squad. Although he rages in all kinds of eating competitions, it's his ability to do things like consume 15 burritos in eight minutes that make people think he's not mortal. And then doing things like scarfing a five-pound “Burritozilla” at a challenge in San Jose's Iguanas restaurant only furthers the legend. In fact, YouTuber Cameron McKirdy has a video of it, for skeptics and curious ones alike.
Even though she's relatively new to the sport, Raina Huang can absolutely dominate. Huang proved as much when she oolly breezed through the In-N-Out 50x50 Challenge, which consists of an In-N-Out burger boasting 50 beef patties. Watch her dominate and set a new world record in Foodbeast’s YouTube video of the momentous occasion. A few weeks before that, she won the Pabst Blue Ribbon Pizza Eating Challenge at Oozefest with 16 slices in 10 minutes. Huang keeps her body fit and ready for food with lots of cardio exercises and a drinking a gallon of water every single day in less than five minutes.