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Kobayashi Takes on Four Americans in Lobster Roll-Eating Match

Major League Eating’s biggest star, Takeru Kobayashi, will compete in the first-ever Lobster Roll-Eating Challenge at the Phantom Gourmet Food Festival in Boston on September 23rd. Kobayashi will compete alone against a team of four local amateurs for a purse of $10,000.

"This is the first time Kobayashi will compete in Boston," said Richard Shea, President of the International Federation of Competitive Eating. "Lobster rolls are such an iconic New England treat and the Phantom Gourmet Food Festival is the perfect setting for an event of this magnitude. Kobayashi has never lost an eating contest to a human being on American soil, we’ll now see if he can handle a team of four.”

Jasper White’s Summer Shack will provide more than 100 lobster rolls for the 10-minute event, an official contest of the World Series of Competitive Eating.

The Lobster Roll Eating Challenge will occur at 11:30 AM on Saturday, September 23, during the 2006 Phantom Gourmet Food Festival at Club Avalon on Landsdowne Street in Boston, MA at 11:30 AM. It is open only to Festival ticket holders.

The Phantom Gourmet Food Festival, Boston’s best block party. The 2006 Phantom Gourmet Food Festival is a ticketed event, and features entertainment such as DJ Stevie Ray and samplings from more than 40 of Boston’s most notable restaurants, including Jasper White’s Summer Shack, Cabot Creamery, Emma’s Pub and Pizza and the Nordic Lounge. For more information visit