With the popularity of eating shows, a lot of people have a job as a full time eater. Since public love seeing people eating, especially eating extraordinary foods, this job as become as of the most promising jobs. For everyone who is a fan of eating shows, you must be familiar with Takeru Kobayashi. He is known as the godfather of competitive eating and he is always present in almost every eating competition.
- Full Name: Takeru Kobayashi
- Nick Name: The Tsunami, Kobi, The Prince (in Japan)
- Gender: Male
- Place of Birth: Nagano, Japan
- Date of Birth: March 15, 1978
- Age: 43 years old
- Nationality: Japan
- Alma Mater: Yokkaichi University
- Height: 5 feet 8 inch or 173 cm
- Occupation: Competitive eater
Net Worth and Earnings
Being the godfather of the competitive eating means having popularity and decent earnings. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Takeru Kobayashi has an estimated net worth of $3 million. His sources of income include his competitive eating competitions, sponsorships and endorsements. Outside these, he earns some more from his modeling career as well as real estate.
As stated before, one of the sources of income of Takeru Kobayashi is the competitive eating contests. Since his first participating in the eating competition at the 2001 Glutton Bowl, the man is worth $3 million. it might sound easy earning bucks from this kind of show but it is not actually true as it is not everyone and Kobayashi is just one of those who are lucky.
At Nathan’s contests, Kobayashi has collected a minimum of a $10,000 prize. According to Forbes, the prize money of $400,000 to $500,000 is ready to be claimed in the pro stages.
In September 2009, Takeru Kobayashi brought a total of $20,000 top prize after winning against Chestnut. At the event, he got an excellent score of 93. After joining that contest, he then joined some other similar ones and managed to collected about $3 million worth of wealth.
Aside from the prize, another prestigious thing from the competitions is the record. Takeru Kobayashi has broken several records of Guinness World Records. Here is the list of the records that he broke:
- Hot dogs: 110 bunless hot dogs in 10 minutes at the New York State Fair.
- Bunless hot dogs: 60 bunless hot dogs in 2 minutes and 35 seconds at the Texas State Fair on 12 October 2012
- Rice balls: 150 rice balls (20 pounds) in 30 minutes Food Battle Club Tokyo Broadcasting System Television
- Grilled Cheese Sandwiches: 13 grilled cheese sandwiches in 1 minute at South by Southwest
- Buffalo wings: 337 buffalo wings in 30 minutes at The 20th Annual Wing Bowl on 3 February 2012
- Lobster rolls: 41 lobster rolls at the Phantom Food Festival in Boston, Massachusetts, for eating in 10 minutes
- Cow brains: 57 Cow Brains (17.7 pounds) in a quarter hour Glutton Bowl Fox
- Hamburgers: 93 hamburgers in 8 minutes at the Krystal Square Off World Hamburger Eating Championship in Chattanooga
- Tacos: 159 tacos in 10 minutes at the Gringo Bandito Chronic Tacos Challenge on April 8, 2017
- Pizza: 62 slices of pizza (15 and a half pizzas) in 12 minutes in Canada
- Chicken satay: 11.92 pounds of chicken satay at Robertson Walk, Singapore on 27 July 2008
- Cheesesteak: 1 cheesesteak in 24.3 seconds at The 19th Annual Wing Bowl on 4 February 2011
- Soba noodles: 21.3 pounds of soba in 12 minutes TV Champion TV Tokyo Corporation
While it is true that breaking Guinness World Records did earn him money, it is still beneficial for Kobayashi to get better deals in endorsements. As one of the Guinness World Records holders, his wealth is a direct correspondence of brand endorsements and sponsorships as well.
Takeru Kobayashi is not only known as a celebrity competitive eater but also a TV personality. As displayed on his page on IMDs, he has an acting career and is created for The Houses October Built 2. As a public figure, he also has made an appearance in the documentary named The Good, The Bad, The Hungry in 2019. Some other series with him in it include Matsuko no shiranai Sekai, Vs. Arashi, TV Champion, and so on.
In endorsements, Takeru Kobayashi has worked with some brands and has featured in some commercials, including the NIKE Tour de France commercial in 2003, the ESPN Sports Center commercial in 2005, Master Card PAY PASS in 2007, and so on.
Not only on the screen, Takeru Kobayashi also featured in a magazine on VMAN 20th Winter in November 2010. Plus, the man mad his first ever fashion editorial in the magazine named The Block as a model and is said to be a dog trainer who dream high.
Takeru Kobayashi has an all beef grain fed hot dogs product known as Kobi Dogs. It is the premium western beef. The product is claimed as the incredibly flavorful jumbo hot dogs. He sells the Kobi Combination Pack which consists of 30 hot dogs (2oz) for $19.99.
Just like most popular people, Takeru Kobayashi has a Youtube channel. The sad news is that he is not that active. Since the first time he created the account, it has only 6.47k subscribers and uploaded a total of 15 videos. He has stopped uploading new content until December 2012.
Tips to Become a Competitive Eater like Takeru Kobayashi
Takeru Kobayashi said that he expands his stomach for a contest by eating larger and larger amount of food. Plus, it is also important to make sure that the fat will not impede expansion of the stomach during the event. He is popular for his body wiggle known as the Kobayashi Shake. It is the attempt to force the food down his esophagus and settle more compactly in his stomach. When eating hot dogs, he spits the frankfurter in half, dip the buns in water, and then stuff those parts in his mouth. This kind of way that is usually used by him is called the Solomon Method.