6-Time Coney Island Hot Dog Champ Kobayashi May Bail On July 4 Eat-Off

6-Time Coney Island Hot Dog Champ Kobayashi May Bail On July 4 Eat-Off

Since July 4, 2001, when Takeru Kobayashi first wowed the crowd at Coney Island by devouring a then-world record 50 hot dogs in 12 minutes, the pint-sized stomach-stuffer has been a dependable fixture at the annual eat-off, winning the competition six times in a row. But after three consecutive losses in subsequent years, a report claims Kobayashi may not choose to compete next weekend. [More]