By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi of Japan won Wingbowl 20, the annual chicken wing eating contest in Philadelphia on Friday morning
Who needs a Super Bowl ring?
Competitive-eating champ Takeru Kobayashi conquered Philadelphia's annual gustatory gorge-fest by eating 337 chicken wings in a half-hour before a crowd of nearly 20,000 at Wing Bowl XX.
The Japanese phenom demolished the record of 255 set last year by Jonathan 'Super' Squibb.
The 5'8 competitive eating phenom consumed a record 337 chicken wings in the 30 minute contest period
The Friday morning extravaganza drew thousands to the Wells Fargo Center before sunrise to watch competitors stuff themselves with chicken wings.
Kobayashi claimed a $20,000 cash prize for his victory.
Squibb had been trying to win his fourth consecutive Wing Bowl crown, but the Berlin, N.J., man finished a distant second with 271 wings.
He out ate defending champion Jonathan Squibb, right, who finished second this year
Kobayashi claimed a $20,000 cash prize for his victory, won in front of a crowd of 20,000 spectators
It was the six-time Nathan's Hot Dog eating contest champ's first time competing at Wing Bowl, though he consumed a cheesesteak in 24 seconds as part of an eating exhibition last year.
He also managed to scoff 7.5lb of turkey in 10 minutes in Turtle Bay, New York, the day before Thanksgiving last year. Dan Rollman, of Recordsetter.com, said at the time, 'Never in my life have witnessed food disappear like that. The man is true culinary Houdini.'
Better than a Super Bowl right? Kobayashi shows the Wingbowl 20 prize ring he won along with his crown and cash
Kobayashi, who is 33, is 5ft 8ins and weighs 128lbs.
Friday's feat meant the pint sized superstar consumed somewhere north of 20,000 calories. Just last month he ate 14 Twinkies in one minutes on a radio show as part of the Save the Twinkie campaign after Hostess declared bankruptcy.
He no longer competes in Nathan's Annual Hot Dog contest because of a contract dispute.