Competitive eating is more than simply devouring


Steve Marcus

Las Vegas competitive eater Miki Sudo, right, contends during a Hooters wing-eating contest at the Acid rock Wednesday, June 26, 2013. Sudo won the competitors, consuming 192 wings in 10 minutes. Adrian “the Bunny” Morgan, left, completed in 2nd location.

Monday, June 29, 2015|2 a.m.

Miki Sudo is downing oysters at the Orleans.

Although they’re not her preferred, Sudo gets a half shell, raises it to her mouth, sucks out the raw oyster and swallows it whole. Chewing would take too long in competition.

A few minutes later on, all that stays is a stack of empty shells.

“I don’t even seem like I ate,” Sudo states.

Welcome to a practice round for one of the world’s top competitive eaters. Sudo is ranked by Major League Consuming No. 1 among ladies competitive eaters around the world and No. 4 amongst men and women, having fallen under the sport in 2011 after scarfing down a 12-pound bowl of Vietnamese noodle soup in Chinatown. Sudo won a $1,510 jackpot and found her calling.

A day after the oyster session, Sudo downs platefuls of pot stickers, prepping for a various competitors. Last summer season, she won the women’s department of Nathan’s Hot Dog Consuming Contest, drawing down 34 hotdogs in 10 minutes.

How do Sudo and her colleagues do it? Exactly what does it require a competitive eater? And why don’t they weigh 300 pounds?

Training 101

It sounds counterintuitive, however competitive eaters are skilled, trained professional athletes. A lot of work hard at their craft and commit a considerable quantity of time to preparing for competitions.

Warning: Do not attempt this in your home. These people are specialists, and taking in too much water can be fatal.

Practice runs

A lot of competitors do dry timed runs at house before a competitors. Joey Chestnut, who compares his training program to that of a bodybuilder or marathoner, states he practices once a week by eating enormous quantities of whatever food will certainly be featured in his next competition. It assists him shave time off the clock and best his strategy for the particular food.

Some eaters video their practices so they can critique and enhance their techniques.

Enhance your jaw

Masticator muscles in the jaw are among the best in the human body and are a crucial consider having the ability to grind food quickly. Competitive eaters often work the muscles by chewing gum– anywhere from six to 25 pieces at a time.

Control your breathing

Eaters discover a practical rhythm for breathing and stay with it. If they don’t breathe enough, their heart rate will accelerate. If they breathe too often, they’ll waste time.


Workout is crucial for competitive eaters, to maintain their body weight and limitation belly fat, which can restrain food consumption.

Rodriguez said he invests about 12 hours a week working out, doing mostly weight training and a little bit of cardio.

An individual’s abdomen can only fit so much, and the leaner it is, the more food can be pushed in.

Many rivals exercise an hour or two before a competition to enhance their hunger and promote their muscles.

Stomach capacity

The key to successful competitive eating is stretching your stomach. A lot of competitors do that in time by guzzling increasingly large amounts of water or milk– approximately a gallon at a time, normally in only a minute or more.

Rivals also eat big amounts of food. The key is low-calorie, high-fiber, water-rich dishes. Yasir Salem, who in 2013 won the Cannoli Consuming Competition, trains by consuming 6 to 8 pounds of steamed broccoli and cauliflower topped with a number of pounds of sauerkraut in about 20 minutes. Others stretch their stomachs with watermelon, lettuce, cabbage or grapes.

Stomachs stretch after you consume a dish but usually diminish back to regular size. Consistently eating huge amounts of food can cause stomach muscles to weaken and expand the “typical” size of the stomach.

Hit the buffet

In the week leading up to a competition, Juan Rodriguez, a valley citizen who is the 11th-best competitive eater in the world, dinings at least a trio of buffet meals, consuming platefuls of food for up to 3 hours. He aims to fill two plates of food from each section: Italian, Chinese, American.

“Residing in Vegas is a terrific benefit due to the fact that we have all the buffets at our disposal,” Rodriguez stated.

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Test yourself

Do they throw up?

Sometimes competitors can be too much even for an expert to deal with. Throwing up during an eating contest isn’t really typical but does take place.

In Major League Consuming, anyone who suffers what the league nicely calls “a Roman event” is disqualified if vomit touches a plate or table. Once time expires, rivals can toss up without penalty.

It’s unlikely the average diner can down 103 hamburgers in eight minutes like competitive eating champ Joey Chestnut or ingest 57 cow brains in 15 minutes like gurgitating guru Takeru Kobayashi. However how about a six-pound burrito in 45 minutes? Or 87 ounces of noodle soup in a half-hour? That’s more manageable. In truth, it has been done right here. A growing variety of Las Vegas dining establishments have included oversized food obstacles to their menus. It’s marketing brilliance– and gastronomical abuse.

Right here’s a taste of what’s out there for those who want to put their stomachs to the test:

■ Pho 87

3620 S. Jones Blvd.


Consume this: PHOzilla, a heaping bowl of pho, in 1,987 seconds (simply over 33 minutes)

If you prosper: Win a progressive cash prize (which recently hovered around $1,870).

If you fail: Pay $50 plus tax.

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Pollo tacos at Mercadito in Red Rock Resort.

■ Mercadito at Red Rock Resort

11011 W. Charleston Blvd.


Consume this: Forty tacos in 40 minutes

If you prosper: Win a $200 dining establishment present card and an invitation to contend against other winners this fall. The prize? Tacos for life.

If you fail: Pay $40 for the tacos.

■ The Pub at Monte Carlo

3770 Las Vegas Blvd. South 702-730-7420,

Eat this: An 8-pound hamburger and mendings in 45 minutes

If you succeed: Win a T-shirt.

If you fail: Pay $29 for the food.

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Todd English P.U.B. provides 41 beers on tap, including the only cask beers (English-style beers served 7 to 10 degrees warmer than regular) in the state of Nevada.

■ Todd English P.U.B. at the Shops at Crystals

3720 Las Vegas Blvd. South 702-489-8080,

Consume this: A pint of beer in 7 seconds

If you succeed: The beer is on your house. You can choose any beer for the challenge as long as it costs less than $10.

If you fail: Spend for your drink.

■ Born and Raised

7260 S. Cimarron Road

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Hot wings at Diablo’s Cantina at Monte Carlo.


Eat this: Fifteen different sliders and a mountain of french fries in an hour or less

If you prosper: Win a T-shirt.

If you fail: Pay $75 for the food.

■ Diablo’s Cantina at Monte Carlo

3770 Las Vegas Blvd. South 702-730-7979,

Consume this: Twenty chicken wings soaked in “Death Sauce,” made from habanero chili puree and ghost chili extract, in 20 minutes

If you are successful: Win a T-shirt and your photo on the Wall of Popularity.

If you fail: Take care of the wings and mug for the Hall of Shame.

It’s competitors time!

Consuming competitors usually last 10 to 12 minutes.

Depending upon the food type, winners are figured out by the variety of items consumed, as with hot dogs, or the weight of the food consumed, just like chicken wings.

Prizes typically vary from boasting rights to a couple of thousand dollars.

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