Philadelphia, PA - Takeru Kobayashi announced live today on 94 WIP’s morning show with Angelo Cataldi that, for the first time ever, he will participate in station’s annual gala of AM gluttony, Wing Bowl.
Said Cataldi on Kobayashi’s participation, “Having the greatest competitive eater in history, Takeru Kobayashi, in the biggest competitive eating event in the world is the realization of a dream for me and everyone at WIP. Our crowd of 20,000 will finally get to see the great Kobayashi compete against Philadelphia's best eaters…Thanks to Kobayashi, Wing Bowl 20 will be our most anticipated and spectacular event ever.”
During the event Team Kobi will be providing exclusive, unprecedented access to the action on his UStream channel (UStream.tv/
“Wing Bowl has proven to be a contest like no other. The sheer nature of eating chicken wings requires both stamina and technique,” said Kobayashi. "Ultimately this sport, like any other, is about the fans and I want to allow mine to tune in from around the globe and be as close to the action as possible."
He adds, “Philadelphia has always held a place in my heart. I look forward to finally participating in this legendary contest, and adding a Wing Bowl title to my resume…perhaps even setting a world record.”
In keeping with his vow last month when he set the world turkey eating championship in New York City and volunteered at the Bowery Mission, Kobayashi will announce an initiative to use Wing Bowl to create awareness for hunger-related causes in the Philadelphia-