Masters of Mastication: “Sweet Tooth” Matt Cohen

It has been about three weeks since the world of competitive eating visited South Florida, and if you’re any sort of foodie like we are, you know you want to know more about some of the amazing athletes who compete in a sport where food is the opponent, time is the enemy, and the dinner table is the field of battle!

This week, we continue our profile of these “Masters of Mastication” with “Sweet Tooth” Matt Cohen.

What’s your favorite food? Ice Cream…er….Pizza…ah…burgers…hard to A favorite, I love food.

How did you get started in eating competitions? “To win an eating contest” was on my bucket list. In my early 30’s I found myself starting to chip away at said list. I entered a contest in Corona california (near me at the time) and won! I caught the bug. The following year I did over 50 contests.

There seem to be many different styles of eating in competition. What is your philosophy on eating? Mind over matter! I literally shut my brain off as I walk on stage. I often have no recollection of the happenings during the contest. 

Of all the events you’ve competed in, which is your favorite? I’ve done so many contests, I couldn’t pick a “favorite.” My favorite contests are the sweeter disciplines.

What is the funniest thing to happen to you in your career?  Not so much funny as it is disgusting but I remember this one kid was so hyped to be doing this contest and started off just fine, however is eyes and mouth were much bigger than his stomach. about halfway through he lost his fire and near the end he lost his guts. he looked left, then right but never left the stage he covered his mouth and let it fly. It flew left and right and up and down… he showered everyone and everything in a 10 foot radius.

What advice would you give to up and coming eaters interested in competition?  Have fun! It is a game. 


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!