Photos and Recap: Kobayashi Swallows 81 Tacos at the Gringo Bandito Taco Challenge

Kobayashi goes tray to tray with Dave "US Male" Goldstein. "This is unreal," the announcer says. "They are eating everything except the foil."
Kobayashi goes tray to tray with Dave "US Male" Goldstein.  "This is unreal," the announcer says. "They are eating everything except the foil."



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A concerned mother motions her children away from the table, one that has suddenly been transformed into massive human garbage disposal. 


The five men standing behind it keep on shoveling and inhaling, their faces red, their cheeks puffed like blowfish. Bits of carnage fly toward those brave enough to stand in the front row. 

"It's sweet mayhem," describes Dexter Holland, Offspring frontman and the mastermind behind the day's event, the Gringo Bandito Taco Challenge. "An explosion of tacos!"
The prey.
The prey.

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The crowd awaits the taco throwdown.
The crowd awaits the taco throwdown.
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"I'm just a fat guy who likes food," says rookie eater Jason "Blackball" McLean. Fun fact: He sings the line, "You gotta keep 'em separated" in The Offspring's hit song, "Come Out and Play."
"I'm just a fat guy who likes food," says rookie eater Jason "Blackball" McLean. Fun fact: He sings the line, "You gotta keep 'em separated" in The Offspring's hit song, "Come Out and Play."


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Kobayashi goes tray to tray with Dave "US Male" Goldstein. "This is unreal," the announcer says. "They are eating everything except the foil."
Kobayashi goes tray to tray with Dave "US Male" Goldstein.  "This is unreal," the announcer says. "They are eating everything except the foil."



taco-brad.jpg
Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly
What was Brad Sciullo listening to while putting down his tacos? "The Hamster Dance," he says.
What was Brad Sciullo listening to while putting down his tacos? "The Hamster Dance," he says.


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What was Brad Sciullo listening to while putting down his tacos? "The Hamster Dance," he says.
Furious Pete starts to sweat. 
Furious Pete starts to sweat. 

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Furious Pete starts to sweat. 

Kobayashi takes a quick breather.
Kobayashi takes a quick breather.
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Kobayashi takes a quick breather.

Time runs out, and Kobayashi shows what 81 digested soft tacos looks like.
Time runs out, and Kobayashi shows what 81 digested soft tacos looks like.
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Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly
Time runs out, and Kobayashi shows what 81 digested soft tacos looks like.

Victory!
Victory!

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Victory!
With Mr. Gringo Bandito, Dexter Holland.
With Mr. Gringo Bandito, Dexter Holland.
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Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly
With Mr. Gringo Bandito, Dexter Holland.

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