Given that the typical night in a noodle bar basically looks (and sounds) like a competitive-eating contest, it’s not hard to imagine what’s store for us at the 2007 Naruto Wii World Ramen Eating Championship Saturday at the Nintendo Store in Rockefeller Center. (The contest is part of the launch of a new Nintendo Wii game.) On the other hand, it’s always a question as to which New York eater is going to come out on top. Over on Epicurious, Michael Park profiles a few of the contenders including rivaling roommates Crazy Legs Conti and Tim “Eater X” Janus.
This masticating Felix and Oscar have been competing against each other frequently, with the younger, leaner, but less eloquent Janus trumping Conti every time. (The elder statesmen of the New York competitive-eating scene, such preening behemoths as Ed “Cookie” Jarvis, Eric “Badlands” Booker, and “Hungry Charles” Hardy, are now retired from the game.) World champion Joey Chestnut, the man who returned the Nathan’s Mustard Yellow Belt to America, will likely win the contest, but he doesn’t count. He’s from California.