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Ex-Nathan's hot dog champ details rift with league

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It's been more than a decade since competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi last took the stage at the Nathans Forth of July hot dog eating contest, and he says he will never return. "The system itself is not something to hold the same values as I have," said Kobayashi. "Their values and their policies are different in the way that they create chaos. They create angst among people. They create hate. There's a lot of racism involved." Kobayashi is opening up about his rift with Major League Eating as a new documentary following his rise and fall at the competition is released. "SCARF FACE" recently premiered on Amazon Video, following the careers of several "athletes" in the competitive eating world, as well as the rivalry between Kobayashi and Joey Chestnut, the current reigning champ of the competition. Since his exit from Nathan's contest, Kobayashi says he's been busy travelling the globe doing what he does best. He says it's all about winning -- he doesn't even have a food he looks forward to scarfing down his gullet. Instead, he tries to ignore the taste and smell so he can focus on the task at hand -- a skill that came in handy during a cow brain eating competition. "The smell and the taste became really difficult," he said.


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