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19 Aug

Vancouverite Steve Thomson Wins Japadog Eating Contest at YVR

Japadog. Photo credit: Flickr user Ruocaled

Hot dog! Vancouverite Steve Thomson won the highly anticipated Japadog Hot Dog Eating Contest that took place during lunchtime today at Vancouver International Airport (YVR).

Thomson, who’s been called “the sensei of speed eating” and “top dog,” downed seven Japadogs in 10 minutes. That’s about half a Japadog every 43 seconds. The runner up was close, managing to wolf down six.

Japadog is Vancouver’s most venerable multicultural, creative food cart with a strong following of locals and a reputation as a “must try” visitor experience. The dogs come in beef, turkey, pork and veggie. The topping combos are what fans (including celebrities Ice Cube, Daniel Dae Kim, Public Enemy and chef Anthony Bourdain) drool over: terimayo sauce, seaweed, grated daikon, miso, yakisoba noodles, kimchi, black sesame etc.

What began as one humble food cart in 2005 is now a Japadog empire, with five Vancouver locations and a storefront in NYC.

(Watch celeb chef Anthony Bourdain’s visit to Japadog above)

The Japadog Eating Contest was a part of YVR’s Take-Off Fridays events, which bring entertainment to YVR Fridays during summer.

Thomson won $250 YVR bucks and a $50 Japadog gift certificate. All six participants were awarded $15 YVR bucks and a $10 Japadog gift certificate, just for stuffing their faces.

If you don’t have time to grab a Japadog while exploring Vancouver, you can get one at the airport. Japadog is now open at YVR.

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