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Published: Wednesday January 1, 2014 MYT 11:55:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday April 15, 2014 MYT 6:14:38 PM

Competitive eater loses wife to hobby

Pan Yizhong has eaten noodles, dumplings and even worms.

PAN Yizhong once walked into a hot pot restaurant in China’s Hunan province and laid down a challenge: to eat as many dishes as he could. The restaurant, sceptical of his ability, accepted the challenge and within an hour, Pan stunned everyone by polishing off 25 different kinds of dishes.

His prize? A belly full of food.

Pan Yizhong (left) slurping down noodles against a challenger. China's most renowned competitive eater is now searching for his most ambitious challenge yet, even though he says his hobby has cost him his marriage.
Pan Yizhong (left) slurping down noodles against a challenger. China's most renowned competitive eater is now searching for his most ambitious challenge yet, even though he says his hobby has cost him his marriage.

Pan, nicknamed “Big Stomach” – has been known to gulp down 147 dumplings in one sitting and 40 bowls of noodles in 15 minutes.

In the Hunan Eater’s Race on Dec 27, China’s most renowned competitive eater even tried some worms, although that looked like a real challenge for him. He is now looking for his most ambitious challenge yet, even though he says his hobby has cost him his marriage.

Tags / Keywords: Lifestyle, Pan Yizhong, eating contest, competitive eater

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