Matt Stonie: Could You Compete with Him on This Ramen Challenge?
Quick, easy, and cheap. No, I am not describing myself, nor anyone else I know. I am talking about the ramen noodle.
Forty-five years ago, Nissin introduced Top Ramen Oodles of Noodles to the American market. In 1971, they introduced their Cup O' Noodles. Today, they are now Top Ramen and Cup Noodles and, together with Maruchan and Sapporo Ichiban, Nissin provides most of the ramen products to the American market.
Still inexpensive, I found a 6-pack of Top Ramen at Walmart for $1.08, and a 12-pack of the Maruchan brand for $2.00. Though I do not eat these instant brands of ramen noodles anymore, due to the high fat and sodium content, I imagine they could have a deeper discount by buying them on sale at half the cost.
Today, ramen may still be an inexpensive way for some people to feed themselves. With the Internet, ramen noodles offer a 23-year-old Matthew Kai "Megatoad" Stonie a way to show-off his ramen-eating prowess.
Stonie is an American competitive eater and holds the distinction of being ranked as the number one competitive eater in Major League Eating (MLE). (Yes, this is considered a sport and is governed by the International Federation of Competitive Eating.)
He has had his own YouTube channel for the last three years, as he "trains" for his sport. He has well-over 732K subscribers, with nearly 109M views.
In this video from February 2013, you will see a 20-year-old Stonie consume 12 packs of of nearly 12 pounds total cooked instant ramen noodles in 10 minutes.
Matt Stonie is a college student majoring in nutrition and has plans to be a dietitian. He lives in California.
Note: You may also want to read Facts You Need to Know about Instant Ramen Noodles .
Sources: Nissin.com, Matt Stonie--YouTube , MajorLeagueEating.com, and Wikipedia.com
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