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Takeru Kobayashi demolishes 337 chicken wings, is king of Wing Bowl XX

Feb 3, 2012, 1:27 PM EDT

Competitive eater Kobayashi of Japan is crowned after winning "Wingbowl 20", the annual chicken wing eating contest in Philadelphia Reuters

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.

Takeru Kobayashi downs record 337 wings at Pennsylvania Wing Bowl [PennLive]

  1. winkeroni - Feb 3, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    That’s chicken wing abuse! The best way to wash down chicken wings is with some ice cold brews. Chicken wings don’t taste nearly as good with a glass of water.

  2. mikeo76 - Feb 3, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    Since when did Philadelphia know anything about wings? You want real wings, you go to Buffalo and you go to the Anchor Bar on Main St. The real deal, no breading, no faux sauces…just really great wings!

    • bjg5091 - Feb 3, 2012 at 7:15 PM

      Obviously Buffalo has great wings but Philadelphia has been doing this challenge for years and is widely popular. The best hot dogs might not come from New York but there still have the largest hot dog eating competition in the world.