Competitive eating helps US university student pay tuition fees
MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) - A United States university student is eating his way through school - competitively.
Computer engineering student Eric Dahl now ranks third in the world of competitive eating as determined by All Pro Eating rankings. Mr Dahl has earned more than US$18,000 (S$22,500) in prize money or merchandise to help pay for his education.
"I'm eating for my education," he said. "It helps me get through."
Mr Dahl was drawn to competitive eating in 2011, at a steakhouse in Wisconsin. He didn't want to pay for his meal so he signed up for a challenge: eat a 1.3kg cheesesteak sandwich in less than 10 minutes and skip the bill. He finished in five minutes, 50 seconds.