Today, we are going to explore the fascinating world of Sandwich Sports. Every year, we see Nathan's World Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest on the News, with stories of Takeru Kobayashi and Joey Chestnut, gulfing down over 70 Hot Dogs in one sitting.
However, what do we know about about other competitive eating events? Are there peanut butter sandwich eating competitions? Now that would be difficult. Imagine trying to eat 70 peanut butter sandwiches at once, with the top of your mouth glued shut.
The most popular league that organises professional eating events is Major League Eating (MLE), while the Federation of Competitive Eating (IFOCE) is the sanctioning body that overseas those events. There has been controversy over the years concerning the IFOCE and some professional eaters, similar to the stories you hear about in boxing. Another professional league is All Pro Eating, which claims to be the only home of picnic style rules, and it has its own set of eating celebrities. It really is an intriguing sport.
Should It Be An Olympic Sport?
And with the 2020 Olympics coming up this summer (2021, due to the global pandemic), it makes us wonder why eating sandwiches isn't an Olympic Sport. When you hear about the preperation these professional eaters go through before an event, including diet and exercise, training their muscles, it sounds even more grueling than what some Olympic athletes go through. You can't tell me that an Olympic Skeet Shooter trains harder than a Professional Eater.
Current Sandwich Eating Events
Since sandwich eating isn't an Olympic sport yet, we will focus more on the professional events. Here is our preliminary list of the World's Top Sandwich Eating Events.