World competitive eating champion Takeru Kobayashi has won awards for downing copious amounts of hot dogs, meatballs, Twinkies, hamburgers and pasta.
Last week, with Purim coming up, he tried his hand at hamantashen.
Actually, both hands.
Kobayashi, winner of the Nathan’s Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest an unprecedented six times in a row and the holder of several Guinness records, needed two hands to hold on to the 30-pound, 200-square-inch hamantash with apricot-strawberry filling that was prepared by Brooklyn’s Chiffon Kosher Bakery in conjunction with Jenny Pastries for Kobayashi’s appearance at Yeshiva University. His speech there, under the auspices of the Stern College for Women Chemistry Club, was part of a fundraising event on behalf of Masbia, a nonprofit soup kitchen network and food pantry in New York City.
“I’m a competitive eater but also a foodie,” said Kobayashi, in a discussion of training techniques and health concerns involved in the competitive eating process. “I enjoy food more than the average person. When I’m not competing, I like to focus on the atmosphere, the taste and texture of food, and I eat very small amounts.”
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