Amateurs Complain That Pro Eater is Ruining Go Go Curry Contest

The complaints have been pouring in since it was reported that retired professional eater Don “Moses” Lerman has entered the Go Go Curry Eating Championship. His preliminary time (to eat 2 small portions of curry with rice) was an amazing one minute, and a lot of competitors are already getting discouraged.  After all, what are the chances a layman is going to beat Lerman.  (Pro competitive eaters are banned from entering any events unsanctioned by the IOCE.)

In fact, Midtown Lunch’er Tom- who agreed to be our representative in the competition, backed out half way through his “training”. The video, plus Go Go Curry’s response to the complaints, is after the jump…

Disclaimer: Don’t let his skinniness fool you. This guy can put it down (Mamacita will attest to that.) Plus this was his first attempt at speed eating. It starts about 15 seconds in.

I applaud Tom for his effort. He is clearly more of a marathon runner, than a sprinter. (In fact he went on to finish the second plate at his own leisure, and then hit up the Treats Truck.) But the real question becomes: How many more Tom’s are out there? How many folks are going to get discouraged by Lerman’s presence. I asked Go Go Curry for a comment, and this was their response:

“Yes Don is competing I think. But the second place qualifier, Mingjian Chu, was only 12 second behind. So in the first round, there is not much a difference. This is our first time doing this, so we want to try it out and see how it works! We did not even think that a former eating champion would join us to be honest with you. lol

We would like to make this a true “World Championship” where maybe the NY champion goes to TOKYO to compete against the Japanese champion or the Japanese Champion will visit NY! Who knows?
Go Go Curry eventually will be opening in different countries, so we can make this a real World Championship! Yeah! Again thank you so much for your support!!”

So, despite what some possible competitors may have thought initially, it clearly doesn’t sound like a casual competition anymore.


  • @ Rudy. Dying at my desk. Seriously ZOMFGLOLzzz

  • you think 1 min was fast , well you ain’t seen nothing yet, I’m eating Go! Go! Curry everyday until l the finals .my nephew brings it home to me daily and I practice , I love it bring on the challengers.

  • Tom, your dropping out is just proof that you’re not a dain-bramaged douche like most all competitive eaters tend to be

    Good on ya, now just don’t ruin it by becoming a FOOD BLOGGER

  • Tom’s a cute guy. I’m sure he’s better looking than the pro eaters.
    look how clean cut he is, bet he’s a gentleman, too.

  • one slice of pizza in one bite? that is hilarious. shovel technique? caterpillar?

  • anonymuse = Tom

  • Tom looks like a real dick and his weak performance and attitude certainly does not help matters. “why continue Don won anyway”? Great attitude Tom. With that intensity you will really go places in life. You are a whimp!

  • Tom, a four-month-old baby could have gummed that curry faster than you and made a better mess too.. you should stick to eating salads at your school’s cafeteria

  • when you think of matzah balls and beans , the first name that comes to mind is Don Lerman and not charles hardy oleg or booker. When you think of pickles you think of Beautifulbrian Krazy Kevin and thats it Next time you think of curry rice , the name Moses Lerman will be etched in your mind forever.

  • ok…diff angle..this should be done with Katz/Carnegies pastrami/brisket on rye……no drinks.

    I think Zach realises he has too expand the Idea to ‘Manhattan lunch’….or some such…it’s starting to run away from him….and good luck to him.

    Harry may yet go to Harvard.

    OR a proper school. In England.

  • these active aice eaters should be thrown out of the contest, somethings not kosher when they hit low numbers like that right off the bat first time out

  • … honestly if you’re going to enter a speed eating contest why are you not even trying and taking small mouthfuls? do you expect to enjoy the taste of it at the same time during a speed trial? don’t want to be offensive but i find it ridiculous that your going to complain about don lerman being allowed to enter while your attempt seems rather half-assed. To don: I plan to give you a run for ur money! I ate the world champion size(5.5lbs) in 30 min the other day and had dessert afterwards! be prepared~

  • mj san I am looking forward to doing combat with you at the competitive eating curry table and I don’t discount your ability to eat plenty and as for all the other entries i will beat each and everyone of you . thank you donlerman

  • hahaha its my inner pig’s dream to compete with pros at a eating competition~

  • Don’t know if anyone heard but there was this asian guy at GoGo yesterday at around 8:00pm who might have finished in under a minute. The officials tried to convince him to participate in the contest but he refused and wanted to unofficially participate. It was the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen. He finished both walks in under a minute and looked complete unphased. After hearing his time of under a minute he casually went on to eat some more curry with his party. It was probably the most insane thing I have ever seen. I don’t know what that Japanese hot dog champion looks like but could he have come and participated in this? but was not allowed to OFFICIALLY enter because of IFOCE rules?

  • anon 548 dont bs a bser. theses active pros are going to ruin the contest

  • I’m well aware that Don or no Don, I still wouldn’t have a chance in this competition.

    And to set the record straight I’m not much the gentleman, although I can’t disagree with cute.

  • ^^^
    that be me

  • Not BSing about saturday. This guy was thin and wearing a bright yellow polo. I dont think hes participating he just wanted to see how fast he could do it. He said he didnt want to ruin the competition. He was really quiet and modest and ate both walks in one bite each. scooped it in his mouth and swallowed it. I think he probably finished it in 30 seconds. I didnt catch how fast he did it but it was amazing.

  • In the finals its really not going to matter whether you did it in 30sec or a minutes, it will be strictly capacity, in a 15 min contest there will be a lot of eaters staring at their bowls praying for the finish bell to ring and end the misery, but not me

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