Bob Shoudt and his family are vegetarians. Perhaps that’s why seeing him tear into a barbecued rib sandwich or a plate of hot dogs is such a treat; his only chance to eat meat is in sanctioned competition. Currently ranked no. 4 in the world, Bob continues to travel the globe as a professional gurgitator, lobbying for more vegetarian-friendly events whenever possible.

His quiet, methodical style has earned him dozens of world eating records, including cupcakes, nachos, turkey legs and grilled cheese sandwiches. Not one for too many words, Bob’s brilliance lies not within clever sound bites or innate social sensibilities, but with an incredible knack for eating, and eating well.