Masters of Mastication – Max Suzuki

Longtime fans of the world of competitive eating will remember a day, not so very long ago, when the ultimate battle for food supremacy was between the United States of America and the Empire of Japan. On the one side, Joey “Jaws” Chestnut, whose all American style captured the imagination of a nation. On the other, Takeru Kobayashi, who it seemed could not be defeated, until he was!

In 2018, that rivalry could be reemerging with a new player on the circuit, Max Suzuki, who has been dominating the eating world in Japan and now hopes to bring his winning ways to the U.S. of A.

Recently, Suzuki took a few moments out of his schedule to describe his love of food, and his hopes to become the hot dog eating champion of the world!


What’s your favorite food? eel.

How did you get started in eating competitions? I found the very famous Japanese woman competitive eater (called as “Moeazu”) pretty and started the food fight because of her, lol.

There seem to be many different styles of eating in competition. What is your philosophy on eating? In Japan, a big eating is generally regarded as variety in TV show, however, it’s a “Sport” for me therefore I always make best effort and never compromise so that my scores is always my best effort.

Of all the events you’ve competed in, which is your favorite? the 2017 tournament where decided no.1 Japanese food fighter, and I won.

Did you enjoy your time in the Palm Beaches? yes indeed, and more interviews like this are welcome 😉

Can you tell us a little bit about your previous experience in competitive eating? I found myself competitive eater for the first time when I was 34 years old, before that I never realized as such and didn’t have any training at all.

What is the funniest thing to happen to you in your career? I could get married due to the food fight!

What advice would you give to up and coming eaters interested in competition?  I have an important message to Japanese competitive eater. There sometimes is an atmosphere existed in Japan that the fighters need to eat in a clean manner and the fighters unconsciously do so. But there are some fighters who want to compete in a wild way, and I don’t want them not to forget any chances where people kindly accept such wildness like the competitive eating culture in the United States. I strongly believe that a big dream definitely can come true if people don’t forget important future vision.

What’s your next eating challenge?  I would like to be no.1 in Nathan’s famous hot dog contest at NY Coney Island!


Anything else you’d like to add? I would like to empathize that there are less competitive food fighter contest in Japan so that less chances for the fighters to shine, and I strongly hope more opportunities in Japan (like the ones in US) so that overall level of Japanese competitive eaters would improve significantly.


Become a food fighter in your own right by entering the Pizza Ball Challenge at Mizner Pizzeria in Boca Raton. Do you have what it takes to make it onto the Wall of Balls?

Palm Beach Happening will be profiling one professional eater a week in advance of their “Super Bowl,” the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, New York, and continuing the profiles for as long as we have food fights in our soul. We invite the competitors of the IFOCE to contact us  if you have the intestinal fortitude to be profiled here, as a true Master of Mastication!