Kobayashi Against Team of Four in Competitive Eating First

Takeru Kobayashi will compete against a team of four amateurs in the first-ever Lobster Roll-Eating Challenge to be held on September 23rd at Boston's Phantom Gourmet Food Festival. At stake is a purse of $10,000.

"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," said Richard Shea, President of the International Federation of Competitive Eating.

The lobster rolls for the 10-minute contest will be provided by Jasper White’s Summer Shack. This 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, at Club Avalon on Landsdowne Street in Boston, MA.

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