"It is possible to die from eating. But I think to be professional means you don't die." (Takeru Kobayashi)

Friday, January 05, 2007


The food lovin’ folks over at Slashfood recently mentioned a CNN.com story about the top 10 jobs to have if you like to eat. The big ones are all there: chef, caterer, dietitian, food scientist and “server” but they forgot the most obvious one—competitive eater.

I don’t need to remind most of the people who read this blog that if you’re blessed with a stomach the size of a basketball, there’s serious money to made in competitive eating. According to Eat Feats, three eaters—Joey Chestnut, Pat Bertoletti and Sonya Thomas—made $35,000 or more last year. Chestnut made $48,750 (that includes the $20,000 car he won in Wing Bowl). Those totals don't count the appearance fees Sonya is rumored to make.

The CNN list-makers might also consider including “any job at the advertising agency where I work.” Seriously, we’ve always got food lying around, either provided by our food clients or by generous co-workers. In fact, just today a friend of mine (she’s the PR director for the local Girl Scout chapter) stopped by to give me six boxes of Girl Scout cookies. Yes, it’s that time of the year, so please support your local Girl Scouts. The cookies are expensive (even though mine were free, suckers!), but they’re so worth it. Especially the Caramel Delights.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually I dont think Joeys number includes the car.

9:31 AM

Blogger Carey said...

Sounds like my office. The bosses wife is always buying pastries for the office, and people always brings in donuts. Add the huge Eagles celebration cake which I just finished off today and you know why I have a hard time with my weight.

1:14 PM


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