The Glutton Bowl

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The Glutton Bowl (or The Glutton Bowl: The World's Greatest Eating Competition) is a two-hour competitive eating special that was broadcast Fox Network on February 21, 2002 and was sanctioned by the International Federation of Competitive Eating. The special, which was co-executive produced by Nash Entertainment and IFOCE co-founder Richard Shea, featured Mark Thompson and IFOCE co-founder George Shea as hosts/color commentators. The 32-eater tournament was won by Takeru Kobayashi of Japan.[1][2] The event also included such noteworthy world record eaters as Eric "Badlands" Booker, Dominic "The Doginator" Cardo, Don "Moses" Lerman, Ed "Cookie" Jarvis, and Bill "El Wingador" Simmons.

Contest Set Up[edit]

The competition was set up to have 3 rounds — the qualifiers, the wild card round, and the finals. In each round competitors were to eat the most of one specified food in a set amount of time. The winner of each qualifying competition was automatically in the finals. The runner up in each qualifier competed in the wild card round and the winner of that was the last person put in the final.


The list of foods eaten in each round and the winning amount eaten are as follows (each competition was 12 minutes long):

Qualifying Rounds

  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Quarter-pound sticks of butter
    • the winner, Don "'Paula Deen' Moses" Lerman, ate 10 sticks
  • Whole beef tongue
  • Hot Dogs
  • Mayonnaise
    • 32 oz. per bowl.
    • winner, Oleg Zhornitskiy ate 4 bowls which is equivalent to 8 pounds (3.6 kg) of mayo
  • Hamburgers
    • 3 oz. meat patties plus the bun (fast food type burgers)
    • winner, Jed "The Jalapeno King" Donahue, ate 11
  • 15-foot (4.6 m), 12-pound (5.4 kg). sushi roll, including two 1-foot-long (0.30 m) pieces of Wasabi

Jeff Robb and Donny Hansen ate a collective round of 78 pounds (35 kg) of wiener (needs clarification) in 23 minutes

    • the winner, Bill "El Wingador" Simmons, consumed 3.8 feet (1.2 m)

Wild Card Round


  • Cow brain (1/3 pound each)
    • one plate and on to second (10 lb per platter and 5 lb (2.3 kg) for additional platter)
    • won by Takeru Kobayashi


  1. ^ Tama Miyake (2006-03-13). "Feature: Fast food". Metropolis (Japanese magazine). Archived from the original on 2006-11-17. Retrieved 2006-10-02. 
  2. ^ Amy Moon (2005-05-26). "ASIAN POP: Superchomp Korean-born Sonya Thomas is the No. 1 ranked competitive eater in the USA". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2006-10-02.