Kobayashi has some Grade A beef with Joey Chestnut … the former wiener-eating champ says JC is a huge cheater — and is questioning if the guy is REALLY pounding 70-plus hot dogs!!!
We got Kobayashi out in NYC and he didn’t hold back when we asked about Chestnut … saying (through a translator) he thinks Joey’s a food-chomping cheat.
“I’ve personally, definitely witnessed some cheating, yes,” Kobayashi says. “One example, we were eating for a pizza P’Zone competition years ago and he was throwing the hardest part to eat — the crust — into the box the whole time.”
In fact, Kobayashi thinks Joey is such a swindler, he’s questioning Chestnut’s most famous record — 74 hot dogs in 10 minutes!!!
Kobayashi says Major League Eating is helping prop up Joey in order to drive interest in the sport … and adds that he thinks the dogs Joey’s been gobbling up are smaller than usual.
As for their relationship, Kobayashi says he and Joey just don’t get along … and he tells us he can’t see himself EVER being friends with the guy.
By the way, if you’re wondering what Kobayashi is up to these days … he says he’s about to enter a taco-eating contest in California — and tells us he’s got a dream job for the future!!!