ESPN takes a gulp of competitive eater Kobayashi in new film

Competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi finds being in documentary tough to swallow

NEW YORK -- Twinkies, pizza, hot dogs, even cow brains. If it can be eaten, chances are Takeru Kobayashi holds the world record for eating it.

The 41-year-old competitive eater has no problem consuming 62 slices of pizza in 12 minutes, or 337 chicken wings in a half hour.

But seeing himself onscreen in the latest ESPN "30 for 30" documentary series, is a little harder to swallow. He says he's so self-conscious that he can't bring himself to watch it.

Premiering Tuesday, the documentary comes two days before the annual Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest that brought Kobayashi to prominence in the competitive eating arena.

The documentary shows the rivalry between the six-time champion and the current 11-time champion Joey Chestnut, who dethroned Kobayashi in 2007.