The Carrot Blog

Last Wednesday, we all celebrated America's independence, and a few Carrots kicked off the day by cheering on world record hot dog eater, Takeru Kobayashi, at the Crif Dog Classic. Carrot was proud to be one of the sponsors of this New York-style, backyard bash, which took place at Roberta's and featured live music from many talented artists, including our personal favorite, the Wild Yaks. Despite the sweltering heat, almost everyone was decked out in red, white and blue fashion while enjoying the legendary Chihuahua dog — a bacon wrapped wiener covered with avocados and sour cream — and of course, some Roberta's pizza.

With much anticipation, the hot dog eating contest began with a brief introduction of the 10 competitors — or should we say, Kobayashi's 9 victims. Hundreds of Crif Dogs, buckets of water, and women equipped with number flippers made their way to the stage. And among this organized chaos, our very own Juliette Richey volunteered to count some dogs for one of the competitors. The clock began and within seconds, Kobayashi downed his first two hot dogs. His technique is fascinating: he eats two at a time without the buns, by snapping them in half and using his "Kobayashi Shake" — shaking his whole body to make room in his belly. Then he dips the buns in water.

For the next 10 minutes we witnessed an all out gorge fest — stuffed mouths, soggy buns, grimacing faces, and an excited audience cheering for more! The other competitors didn't stand a chance as we witnessed another victory for Kobayashi with an astonishing 58.5 hot dogs. The crowd erupted in celebration, and Kobayashi lifted his shirt to reveal an impressive 6-pack despite the 7.5 pounds of beef and pork he managed to consume.

This was the first year of the Crif Dog Classic, in addition to the first time Carrot has ever helped to sponsor an event, but it certainly won't be the last. Despite our healthy name, we'll be back next year to help sponsor this hot dog eating craze and to watch the world's greatest competitive eater show those hot dogs who's boss.

Photo credit: Juliette & Cooper Richey-Miller