Once his stomach settled, we were able to spend a couple minutes with him to ask him about the feat, his profession, and more!
1) How did you get started in competitive eating?
My very first encounter with competitive eating was actually a local Bay Area food challenge, a giant 5lb Burrito in Downtown San Jose, but it really didn't get started until I competed in a nearby contest and won. I was a freshman in college and just won $1000 for 10mins of eating free lobster rolls, so it seemed like a pretty sweet gig.
2) What is your favorite food?
That's probably one of the hardest question for me to answer! I love food, all kinds of food, but just coming out of today's event in Miami setting the 5-min Fresh Pork Rib Eating Record with Smithfield, I'd have to say BBQ is pretty high on my list right now. Those Ribs were amazing.
3) Least favorite?
4) Are you a race fan? If so, who is your favorite driver?
5) How would you describe the sport of competitive eating, and how does it compare to NASCAR?
6) What is your most memorable eating moment?
7) How do you prepare for an eating challenge?
I eat food! No trickery about it, you have to practice with what you're preparing for. These past few weeks have been all Ribs, and it paid off with a great World Record.
8) Did the quality of the Smithfield ribs make them easier to get down?
Smithfield makes many amazing Pork products, from Marinated Tenderloins, to Ham Steaks, Sausages, and of course, Ribs & Bacon! I currently hold two World Records using Smithfield Pork Products, Bacon (182 Slices in 5-mins) & Ribs (71 Ribs in 5-mins), but I have to say, even though all their products are great, I love their Bacon. It's delicious, premium quality, cut just right, it's great Bacon.
10) What is your next eating record attempt going to be?
After a stunt like this, it's hard to imagine what Smithfield has in mind for next season. Speedweeks at the Daytona International Speedway will be here sooner than you think. Visit http://daytonainternationalspeedway.com for more details.