Looks like Takeru Kobayashi wants back in the ring. Last year, the former world hotdog eating champion managed to take down the title for most tacos eaten in a 10 minute span — that’s 130 for anyone who doesn’t feel like thumbing through the Guinness books — but hopes to best his own number later this month in Redondo Beach. He may have extra motivation this time around, too, considering last year's event was apparently mired in a 'messy' controversy.
The (apparently) 5th annual taco eating contest is going down at Chronic Tacos on Pacific Coast Highway as part of a collaboration part with hot sauce maker Gringo Bandito. Slated for October 24, the event will bring a mix of live music, on-site vendors, and, yes, lots of taco eating.
There are three categories: amateur, celebrity (as decided by the owner of this particular Chronic Tacos, Jason Acuña of Jackass’ Wee Man fame), and the professional tier — that’s where Kobayashi will compete. The rest of the lineup is still being filled out, but here’s to hoping San Jose native and longtime hot dog title holder/Kobayashi nemesis Joey Chestnut makes an appearance.
The potentially world taco eating record-breaking event is open to the public, and runs noon to 3 p.m. on October 24.