Takeru Kobayshi Wins 6th Annual Gringo Bandito’s Chronic Tacos Challenge

The Reigning Champion Ate 137 Tacos in Ten Minutes

August 02, 2016 // Franchising.com // ALISO VIEJO, Calif. – The 6th Annual Gringo Bandito Chronic Tacos Challenge winner is once again the legendary eater Takeru Kobayashi. The event went down at Ditch Fridays at the Palm Hotel in Las Vegas where Kobayashi ate 137 tacos in ten minutes and was awarded a cash prize of $5,000.

Gringo Bandito, the hot sauce created by Dexter Holland, and Chronic Tacos, the California-inspired Mexican Grill, hosted the annual event. Up and coming competitive eater Molly Schuyler came in a close second with 132 tacos eaten, winning a prize of $1,500.

“The competition was a close call as it looked like Molly Schuyler was going to beat Kobayashi but once we weighed the scraps it was clear that Kobayashi had devoured more,” said Chronic Tacos CEO Michael Mohammed. “We always look forward to hosting this event with Gringo Bandito and this year did not disappoint!”

The event brought a mix of music, lively patrons, and, yes, lots of taco eating. Additional awards went to Molly Schuyler for “Messiest Eater” and Kobayashi for “Best Style.”  

About Chronic Tacos

Chronic Tacos is a California-inspired Mexican grill that celebrates authenticity and the individuality of its customers. The fast-casual franchise is known for its fresh Mexican cuisine that is customized for each guest’s distinctive taste. Founded in 2002, the Aliso Viejo, California-based company has more than 30 locations operating across North America and is committed to serving only the highest quality ingredients and all-natural meats. Chronic Tacos offers traditional Mexican items such as tortas, taquitos, flautas and tacos as well as burritos, tostada bowls and salads, including a breakfast menu all day. Customers can choose from vegetarian and gluten-free options, as well as carne asada (steak), pollo asado (chicken), carnitas (slow-cooked pork) and al pastor (spicy marinated pork). Seafood lovers can also order grilled, beer-battered or baja-style fish and shrimp. Each restaurant incorporates original art designs inspired by traditional “Day of The Dead” art, creating a unique experience at each location. For more information or to find the nearest Chronic Tacos, visit www.eatchronictacos.com.

About Gringo Bandito

Gringo Bandito hot sauce is the not-so-famous pepper sauce created by Dexter Holland of punk band The Offspring. Gringo Bandito is sold in Australia, Japan, Canada, Finland, Germany, Belgium, Hungary and coast to coast in the US and can be found in the top 10 on Amazon.com’s highest customer rated hot sauces amongst 5000+ other products.

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