Jaw-dropping return: Former Nathan’s champ back in Bklyn to devour frankfurters at fund-raiser

Champion: Hot dog-eating pro Taeku Kobayashi downed 23 franks in three minutes to help raise money for the MS Foundation on July 4 at the Navy Yard.
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He downed these dogs for a good cause!

Hot-dog–eating legend Takeru Kobayashi inhaled 23 franks in three minutes as part of a fund-raiser at a Brooklyn distillery on July 4, and revelers who witnessed the epic act of consumption said they were stunned by his superhuman sausage-eating ability.

“I was watching and thought ‘How does he do this?,’ ” said drag queen Merrie Cherry, who emceed the event. “It was quite interesting and also gross, but in a fun way.”

Kobayashi — who has not competed in Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest since 2009 due to conflicts with Major League Eating — devoured the dogs during the event at Kings County Distillery in the Brooklyn Navy Yard to raise money for MS Foundation for Women, a social services organization that helps ladies.

The champion competitive eater put on quite the show, downing the franks by using his mouth as human garbage disposal, according to Cherry.

“He would grab two to four hot dogs and kind of shred them through his mouth and just swallow them,” she said.

He then dumped the buns into water to dissolve them before swallowing the bread, she reported.

Kobayashi faced-off against a child in the competition, whose sheer determination was just not enough to out-eat the champ.

Attendees of the event enjoyed music, drinks and good company along with the hot-dog–eating spectacle, Cherry said.

“It was straight, gay, no title, just people having a good time,” she said.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 5:57 pm, July 9, 2018
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