Feb 3, 2012, 1:27 PM EDT
The Wing Bowl in Philadelphia — that celebration of all things Philly and debaucherous which is threatening to become the premiere competitive eating contest in the land — is now over for this year. Takeru Kobayashi entered the Wells Fargo Center on an elaborate float, and left as champion, having scarfed a record 337 wings to take the crown.
The Japanese phenom demolished the record of 255 set last year by Jonathan “Super” Squibb.
Kobayashi claimed a $20,000 cash prize for his victory. It was the six-time Nathan’s Hot Dog eating contest champ’s first time competing at Wing Bowl, though he consumed a cheesesteak in 24 seconds as part of an eating exhibition last year.
Kobayashi has been banned by Nathan’s following a contract dispute.
Our own Josiah Schlatter attended the Wing Bowl — and in fact was on Kobayashi’s float — and will report on the experience next week.
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