Champion eater crowned at YVR
Vancouver's Steven Thomson has no plans to pursue a career as a professional eater, but on Friday, he had the heart—and stomach—of a champion at Vancouver International Airport.
He stuffed seven Japadog hot dogs—jumbo dogs compared to the ordinary variety used in other eating competitions—down his throat in 10 minutes to secure the inaugural title.
"I don't plan on eating dinner tonight," he said after winning a trophy, bragging rights and $250 YVR bucks and a $50 Japadog gift certificate.
The world record for hot dog eating was never in any danger, as most of the competitors ate at a relatively leisurely pace.
Takeru Kobayashi is a former world-champion eater from Japan, but wasn't in attendance on Friday for the event. The world-record holder is Joey Chestnut, who ate 68 hot dogs and buns in one 10-minute sitting.
The six contestants were chosen at random from among the many who registered.