Tuesday, January 22, 2013


Calling all gourmands, food aficionados and loyal fans of Yoshinoya! Yoshinoya, home of the popular beef gyudon huge bowls announces their Yoshinoya Beef Gyudon Eating Contest, which is now on its 4th year. This is one exciting gastronomic challenge that foodies out there should not afford to miss.

Bloggers had their own Yoshinoya Beef Gyudon eating contest. I thought I’m quite glutton enough, but since I am on a no-rice diet since the turn of the year (And I do hope to be able to stick with it. J), I realized I could not eat more than one bowl. It was difficult to eat when under pressure. I saw how my fellow bloggers were in near teary-eyed and red faced because it was hard to breathe as you try to swallow everything on the bowl in five minutes. That was indeed tough! And to think women competed equally with men! I thought that was quite unfair. But it was really fun and worth the experience. In the end, Florencio Jusay Jr., better known in the blogosphere as FPJ, won the challenge (Hey, but he was 2nd placer last time!) Well, what can I say? So much for that, let’s get on to the real challenge. 

Bloggers gamely joined.

The favorite Beef Gyudon Bowl from Yoshinoya.

 Yoshinoya, the country’s most popular fast-food chain that specializes in all-time favorite Japanses fare, had their very first eating contest way back in 2008, held at the SM Megamall branch. This year, as more participants are expected to sign up, more beef gyudon lovers are expected to accept the challenge.

Bloggers understands the mechanics of the contest.

 The contest will be composed of two challenges, open to all male and female participants 18 years old and above. There will be Qualifying Rounds in different Yoshinoya branches to be held from Monday through Friday at 10:30AM and 11:30AM, and then 6PM and 7PM from January 21 up to February 15, 2013.

Blogger Florencio Jusay Jr. wins!

Here’s how to join: 

 Pay the necessary purchase fee of P199 at the counter, fill out the registration form, and sign a health and release waiver. Customer must also present a valid ID (School ID, Company ID, Driver’s License, SSS ID, GSIS, NBI Clearance, Postal ID, Voters ID, or Passport) to the store manager.
For the qualifying round the beef bowls must be consumed within the store. The customer who finishes the most number of bowls or who has the least amount of leftover food in 5 minutes wins the challenge of the day. The names of the four fastest challengers will be on display at each store’s Leader Board and will be updated every time a new record is set. 

Some of the bloggers who joined the eating contest. The author is the one on the center wearing white. 

Richard Mamuyac prepares for the contest proper.

Once the weekly qualifying rounds are done, all qualified participants will be notified via phone call or email and are automatically entered in the grand finals, which will be held on February 23, 2013, 1PM at the Glorietta Activity Center in Makati City. 

During the final match, finalists will compete by eating the most number of bowls in 15 minutes. The top three finalists with the most number of bowls consumed and the least weight left after 15 minutes will be declared winners of the Yoshinoya Beef Gyudon eating challenge.
First placer will receive a whopping P100, 000, second placer will bring home P50, 000, and third placer get to have P25, 000. Non-winners will each be given consolation prizes of P2, 000 worth of Yoshinoya gift certificates.

So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and signup now! Hurry, big prizes are in store for the grand champion! Who knows, it could just be YOU! J

Security Blanket thanks Mr. Richard Mamuyac, Yoshinoya and AMPR for the invite. 


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