The 5th Annual Go! Go! Curry! Eating Championship took place July 6 at JaNet Hall, with a packed house cheering on five contestants vying for the title of fastest curry eater in the land.
Emcee Cory Jarvis and a variety of acts warmed up the crowd before the contest: Dance moves by Toshihiko Nakazawa, cosplay dancing from Tenshi no Ai Maid Café, Toto the Clown’s tricks, and a cool jazz remix of the Go! Go! Curry! theme song by the Daisuke Abe Trio.
Five men competed against each other to see who could eat the most bowls of curry in five minutes and fifty-five seconds. Even a no-show by contestant Joseph F. Manchetti didn’t dampen the crowd’s – or the other contestants’ – spirits.
David Brunelli defended his title with 33 bowls, and Wayne Algenio came in second with 25. In addition to the $500 grand prize, Brunelli also won a trip to Japan to compete in the 2014 championship.
“I just kept pushing,” Brunelli said after his victory. “I had an empty stomach.”
His stomach was certainly not empty after 33 bowls of curry.
Among the contestants was Masanori “MAX” Yamada from Kanazawa, Japan. He placed third with 21 bowls of curry. He didn’t win, but he had an interesting technique that was reminiscent of the Kobayashi Shake. We’ve dubbed it the “Yamada Bounce.”
With four restaurants in New York City, Go! Go! Curry! is one of the top spots for Japanese comfort food.
- Go! Go! Curry! Times Square
273 W. 38th Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues)
- Washington Square Park Stadium
231 Thompson Street (between W. 3rd and Bleecker Streets)
- World Trade Center Stadium
12 John Street (between Broadway and Nassau Street)
- Chelsea Stadium
144 W. 19th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues)
David Brunelli………………..33 bowls
Masanori “MAX” Yamada…..21
Orlando Deluna Mendez…….9