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Kobayashi samples wings, but will he join Wing Bowl?

The eating legend met El Wingador and toured the Wells Fargo Center.

Kobayashi samples wings, but will he join Wing Bowl?

Kobayashi with his translator.
Kobayashi with his translator.
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Enigmatic world-champion eater Takeru Kobayashi is considering an offer to participate in the WIP Wing Bowl on Feb. 4, 2011.

Kobayashi and his translator toured the scene of the crime (the Wells Fargo Center) on Thursday afternoon. He sampled chicken wings, brought in by PJ Whelihan's, under the eye of champ Bill "El Wingador" Simmons and WIP's Al Morganti. Villanova was holding a basketball practice at the time.

Like 'em? He ate about a dozen. El Wingador was putting 'em away, too.

Station manager Andy Bloom said it was not certain if Kobayashi would agree to eat at the contest.

Knowing WIP and its penchant for drama, I can imagine that Bloom and company are itching for a Kobayashi-Wingador rivalry.

Kobayashi, who lives in New York, was arrested at the July 4th Nathan's hot-dog-eating contest after he rushed the stage. Though a six-time winner, he did not participate because of a jaw problem. 

Kobayashi and pro eater Joey Chestnut lost in a chicken-wing contest in 2007. (hat tip to @eatfeats)

Update: Kobayashi ate only one dry-aged rib-eye steak, plus fries, mashed potatoes, asparagus, and chocolate coffeecake at Union Trust Thursday night.

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