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Japan’s ‘food fighter’ wins Taste of the Marianas competition, again

JAPAN’S food fighter Sachiyo Masubuchi won J’s fried-rice eating competition held Saturday at American Memorial Park as part of this year’s Taste of the Marianas International Food Festival and Beer Garden.

Last year, Masubuchi finished first in the J’s fried-chicken eating competition, finishing 18 pieces of fried chicken.

This time, Masubuchi ate more than 6lbs of fried-rice in 30 minutes to win a one-night stay for two at Hyatt Regency Saipan.

No one won the $1,000 prize for eating 10 lbs. of fried rice in 30 minutes.

The other participants were Simon Necesito, second place, who finished 3lbs. of fried-rice and received as his prize dinner for two at Teppanyaki; James Garcia, third place, 2lbs. of fried-rice, $200 gift certificate from Imperial Pacific International-Chairman M Restaurant; and Andrew Songsong, fourth, 1.5lbs of fried-rice, $100 gift certificate from IPI-Chairman M Restaurant.

Prathuan Rinthamart, was fifth place and received a $50 gift certificate from IPI-Chairman M Restaurant; Kirk Johns, sixth place, $20 gift certificate from Ina’s Kitchen; and Laura Lee, seventh place, $20 gift certificate from Ina’s Kitchen. Rinthamart. Johns and Lee finished in a tie, but the competition judges decided to draw lots to determine the three competitors’ rankings in the competition.

Sachiyo Masubuchi, 26, told Variety that she could have finished 10lbs. of rice if given additional time.

“I finished four bottles of water with the fried-rice and I was still hungry,” she said.

Marianas Visitors Authority Deputy Managing Director Judy Torres, 2nd right standing, one of the competition judges, watches as participants eat fried-rice.  Photo by Junhan B. TodiñoMarianas Visitors Authority Deputy Managing Director Judy Torres, 2nd right standing, one of the competition judges, watches as participants eat fried-rice. Photo by Junhan B. Todiño

First timer competitor Prathuan Rinthamart said she could have eaten more if the fried-rice was spicy.

Andrew Songsong and Simon Necesito said it was hard to swallow the fried-rice so they needed to drink water a lot which made them feel full quickly.

James Garcia said whenever he drank water he felt the rice “expanding” in his stomach.

MVA Managing Director Priscilla M. Iakopo thanked all the participants and J’s Restaurant for sponsoring the competition.

She also invited the public and tourists to the chefs competition, which will be the highlight of the Taste of the Marianas on Saturday, May 25.

In an interview, MVA board chair Marian Aldan-Pierce said the fried-rice eating contest was witnessed by a very enthusiastic crowd.

“We have broken the previous year’s revenue,” she said, adding the festival is a great event for families.

She likewise lauded Sachiyo Masubuchi for her “awe-.inspiring” performance.

“Kudos also to the local competitors for joining. The MVA staff and management deserve a huge credit for always putting on such great community events,” Aldan-Pierce said.