Todd Morales grew up eating his Mexican grandmother's fried tacos at home. Two years ago he opened T Mo's Tacos (the name comes from Morales' childhood nickname), a taco stand in Bethalto, Illinois. On Saturday he'll be laying down the taco hammer with a professionally sanctioned fried taco eating ... More >>
On Monday, Joey Chestnut won his fifth Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest by cramming 62 hot dogs down his gullet in a gut-wrenching ten minutes. A weekend poll of ESPN viewers shows that more people were interested in the hot dog eating contest (27 percent) than t ... More >>
Imagine taking down more than four pounds of these babies -- in six minutes.We've heard about all-you-can-eat hot-dog competitions. And all-you-can-eat pie contests. We were even aware, in some deep recess of our brain, that there's an International Federation of Competitive Eating to regulate so ... More >>
Crown Candy Kitchen, site of our favorite local story of the yearGut Check has a long-standing dislike of eating competitions and challenges, but even we had to admit shock and a certain grudging admiration when we first heard what happened at Crown Candy Kitchen in May.A man named Kevin Ross und ... More >>
Competitive eating might have athletic merit. Why else would participants be so skinny? Or able to invade the stage during a contest? A BBC report looks at the tricks and politics of competitive eating.County officials shut down a small food business in Portland, Oregon, for lacking a business licen ... More >>
Image viaWhat you won't see at this weekend's hot dog-eating contest.Longtime readers know that Gut Check feels nothing but spite toward competitive eating, but this story we could not ignore.From the blog BK Southie, via Eater, comes shocking news about this weekend's annual Nathan's Famous July ... More >>
Our friends at Punching Kitty scored the food-news scoop of the week: A competitive eater who obliterated the famed malt challenge at St. Louis institution Crown Candy Kitchen is not who he claimed to be.KSDK broke the original story: A man from San Bernadino, California, named Kevin Ross had def ... More >>
The woman in the mobility scooter vs. the White Castle drive-thru. (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)How could the Aussies make Vegemite even more disgusting? How about introducing a version with cream cheese blended into the protein spread? (BBC News)Gut Check lifts its ban on eating contests to note the w ... More >>
Though Gut Check has a general distaste for competitive eating, the breathless commentary on this YouTube clip is too entertaining to ignore.
Or is Brussels the old St. Louis?