Said RecordSetter.com Co-Founder and President Dan Rollman:
"Kobayashi ate 7.5 pounds of turkey in 10 minutes, a new RecordSetter World Record. It was a true thrill watching the world's greatest eater at the top of his game. He didn't just beat the existing world record -- he annihilated it. Never in my life have I witnessed food disappear like that. The man is a true culinary Houdini. We welcome Kobayashi into the RecordSetter.com community and can't wait to work with him again in the future."
At the event, Kobayashi announced his intent to travel the country, meet new fans and explore new foods, while raising awareness for anti-hunger initiatives.
Yesterday, on Thanksgiving Day, Kobayashi joined the likes of actor Stephen Baldwin and Chef Mario Batali in serving the less fortunate at New York City's Bowery Mission's Thanksgiving Day Banquet.
"It's my intent to use my unique talent to help those less-fortunate than me. I consider myself blessed and never for once take that for granted," said Kobayashi. "That is what this holiday is all about."
Since the launch of the UStream channel less than 48 hours ago, over 70,000 people have watched the record setting feat in between their travel, holiday meals, and Black Friday shopping sprees.
Official scoring breakdown from RecordSetter:
"The first turkey + platter weighed 10.25 pounds before the attempt, and 4.625 pounds after, meaning Takeru Kobayashi ate 5.625 pounds of the first turkey.
The second turkey + platter weighed 8 pounds before the attempt, and 6.125 pounds after, meaning Takeru Kobayashi ate 1.875 pounds of the second turkey.
Adding 5.625 pounds of the first turkey and 1.875 pounds of the second turkey, Takeru Kobayashi ate a total of 7.5 pounds within the 10 minute time limit, a new world record."
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