Famed hot dog eater Kobayashi has taken on a lot of heavyweights in his day. Joey Chestnut. Ed "Cookie" Jarvis. And now, one very scrappy hamster. The little guy, who you might know from his burrito-eating videos, went up against Kobayashi in a Nathan's knock-off hot dog eating contest, complete with a ref and gratuitous water cups. It's a nail-biting, adorable affair, and proves that you should never underestimate a hamster when gold is on the line.
Kristin Hunt is a food/drink staff writer for Thrillist, and would like to know how one becomes a hamster coach and/or referee. Follow her to career counseling at @kristin_hunt.