King of Kale Eating Retains His Title

Gideon Oji downed 360 ounces of kale in 8 minutes
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 15, 2017 9:30 AM CDT
King of Kale Eating Retains His Title
Gideon Oji, right, downs a container of kale next to hot-dog-eating champ Joey Chestnut in Hamburg, NY.   (Samantha Janik/Major League Eating and the Independent Health Foundation via AP)

When it comes to chowing down on kale, Gideon Oji is once again the top dog, beating back a challenge from hot-dog-eating champ Joey Chestnut. Oji gulped down 22.5 16-ounce bowls of the leafy green vegetable in eight minutes during Sunday's Kale Yeah! Competition at the Erie County Fair in New York, reports the AP. The kale was served raw with oil and vinegar in what's billed as the world's healthiest eating competition. Chestnut, of San Jose, Calif., didn’t gulp down quite as much at 20 kale servings. He's the reigning hot dog-eating champion at the Nathan's Famous in New York City. Oji is Nigerian and now lives in Morrow, Georgia. He took the inaugural kale-eating title last year, consuming 25.5 servings. Sunday's event was an unlikely partnership between the Independent Health Foundation and Major League Eating. (More competitive eating stories.)

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