Luke O'Brien profiles the personality that put competitive eating on the map.
"Are you the Che Guevara of gurgitation or the Kenny Powers of power eating?" I asked him. He paused, then laughed: "I am both!" […]
Kobayashi focuses so completely during contests that he blocks out flavor. "If you taste something, you're not at the maximum of your ability," he says. "What I think about in competition is temperature and texture. It has nothing to do with taste or emotion."