Japanese celebrity wins eating contest at ‘Taste’

Posted on May 20 2019

Don’t be fooled by the petite frame of Sachiyo Masubuchi.

She is aptly named a Japanese female food fighter, and she made good on that title by winning last Saturday’s Fried Rice Eating Contest at the Taste of the Marianas, beating out six other contestants.

The challenge was to eat 10lbs of fried rice in just 30 minutes and Masubuchi, who also won the 2018 Taste of the Marianas Fried Chicken Eating Contest, handily won first place, with only 4lbs of fried rice remaining on her plate.

The fried rice- eating contest last Saturday, sponsored by J’s Restaurant, took place on the main stage of the 21st Annual Taste of the Marianas International Food Festival and Beer Garden at the American Memorial Park in Garapan—the third staging of the festival this month.

The six other contestants in the fried rice-eating contest were Simon Necesito, James Garcia, Andrew Songsong, Prathuan Rinthamart, Kirk Johns, and Laura Lee. Masubuchi was the off-island celebrity contestant that organizers earlier mentioned to promote the event.

Because no one finished all the fried rice within the time limit, all the contestants walked away with consolation prizes. Some of the prizes include gift certificates to Ina’s Kitchen, a buffet for two at Teppanyaki in Hyatt Regency Saipan, and a one-night stay at Hyatt Regency Saipan.

Had any contestant been able to eat all 10lbs of fried rice within 30 minutes, they would have won the $1,000 cash prize.

Don’t miss the last day of Taste of the Marianas on May 25 from 6pm to 11pm at the American Memorial Park. It will feature the Hotel Association of the Northern Mariana Islands Junior Chefs Competition on May 25, sponsored by Triple J Five Star Wholesale.

Reica Ramirez
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