Matt Stonie is a 22-year-old from San Jose, California. He attends Mission College, where he’s studying to become a dietitian. Stonie is also the second-ranked competitive eater in the world, according to Major League Eating’s Official Rankings. Nicknamed “Megatoad” for the Toad character in the Super Mario Bros. video games, he holds eating records for everything from birthday cake to gyros. His YouTube channel has close to 225,000 subscribers.
Tailgate Fan sat down with Stonie to, um, chew the the fat, in this exclusive interview.
Tailgate Fan: Have you always been competitive? Did you participate in any sports growing up?
Matt Stonie: I’ve always been an extremely competitive person, I like being the best at what I do. Growing up I played a lot of sports, from soccer to cross-country skiing, but I really got into tennis and played throughout high school competing on my school’s varsity team.
TGF: What aspect of competitive eating do you enjoy the most? Any part of it that you least enjoy?
MS: Hard to say. I love to say that I can eat for a living. [Laughs] I dunno, I just love the competition, love to push my body’s limits and see what I can do, and I love to win. I think the most rewarding thing for me over the years has been working hard at what I love to do and seeing it pay off. The least enjoyable part is the feeling you get after eating 121 hard-boiled eggs.