Masters of Mastication: Pedram “King Carb” Esmaeelzadeh

Almost everyone loves to eat, but for one reason or another, some are drawn to eat for a living. Whether it is for the thrill of the game, the ability to exercise muscles you don’t know you have, or simply the ability to consume mass quantities of a wide variety of yummy sustenance, no one knows for sure.

This week, we profile another one of the individuals who are reaching for culinary immortality: Pedram Esmaeelzadeh.


What’s your favorite food? Guacamole

How did you get started in eating competitions? I got started in eat competitions by watching Matt Stonie on YouTube and thinking it was the coolest thing ever to competitively eat.

There seem to be many different styles of eating in competition. What is your philosophy on eating? My eating philosophy is get down as much as possible as quick as possible despite how unflattering it seems.

Of all the events you’ve competed in, which is your favorite? My favorite event was the birthday cake eating contest I did in 2015. I love cake!

Did you enjoy your time in the Palm Beaches? I did enjoy my time in palm beaches I just wish I had a little bit more of it.

Can you tell us a little bit about your previous experience in competitive eating?  My experience mainly is from restaurant food challenges but i’ve done a few amateur events here and there and some nathan’s qualifiers.

What is the funniest thing to happen to you in your career? The funniest thing that’s happened was that I had a 13 second burp in the middle of a hot dog contest and everyone thought I was about to throw up.

What advice would you give to up and coming eaters interested in competition? I would tell upcoming eaters to take advice from pros and follow it religiously.

What’s your next eating challenge? My next challenge will likely be Nathan’s hot dog eating contest on the 4th of July!


Of course, the corn eating contest is not the only eating challenge in the Palm Beaches. 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. We invite the competitors off the IFOCE to contact us  if you have the intestinal fortitude to be profiled here, as a true Master of Mastication!