Yoshinoya Gyudon Eating Contest Year 4: Win Php 150K Cash and a Trip to Japan for Two!

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Yoshinoya’s Gyudon Eating Contest: Now on its 4th Year!


Yoshinoya’s Gyudon Eating Challenge is back! Now on its fourth year and with bigger and better prizes, more people will definitely flock to Yoshinoya branches for their signature beef bowl.

yoshinoya gyudon eating contest

We got to compete for the title among ourselves, and I tell you, it was difficult to down bowl after bowl, especially considering that I hardly eat rice! But after consuming two and a half of Yoshinoya’s famous Gyudon bowls, I can say the joining is worth it, and not only for the experience! If you’re confident you can nail this competition, go for gold and take home the Php 150,00 CASH Prize and the Trip for Two to Japan!

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Yoshinoya Century Pacific Inc. (YCPI) President Timothy James Yang announcing the prizes for the Top 3 Finalists

yoshinoya gyudon eating contest

First eating contest done!

Qualifying Match Mechanics:

1. The Yoshinoya Gyudon Eating Contest is open to all males and females 18 years old and above.

2. Qualifying rounds will be held in all Yoshinoya stores daily from Monday to Friday, from April 21 to May 30, 2014.

Schedule is as follows:

  • April 21, 22, 23, 24, 25
  • April 28, 29, 30, May 1, 2
  • May 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • May 12, 13, 14, 15, 16
  • May 19, 20, 21, 22, 23
  • May 26, 26, 28, 29, 30

3. A purchase of the Yoshinoya Gyudon meal entitles the customer to join the contest. Take-out, deliveries, bulk orders are not included.

4. Before a customer starts, he/she must fill out a Registration Form and sign a Health and Release waiver. For the qualifying round, the beef bowls should be consumed in the store. The customer who finishes the most number of bowls in 5 minutes wins the challenge of the day.

5. Customer must show one (1) valid ID to the store manager of Yoshinoya. Only the following types of ID will be accepted: School ID, Company ID, Driver’s License, SSS ID, GSIS ID, NBI Clearance, Postal ID, Voters ID, Passport)

6. A customer can join as many times as he or she wants and should and complete all requirements on the application form for every trial.

The designates Yoshinoya crew records the number of bowls consumed by the top 1 & 2 contestants who eats the most number of bowls and weights the amount of leftover food.

The following will be observed:

  • Only Yoshinoya napkins & standard Yoshinoya condiments (red ginger & Kikkoman) will be allowed to be put on the table and used by the customer
  • Only water provided by Yoshinoya is allowed during the contest proper
  • Only the prescribed timer in Yoshinoya stores will be used in timing the customer
  • Customer should not be holding nor touching the spoon, fork or chopsticks before the timer starts.

8, The Yoshinoya store crew shows the timer to the customers before starting the time record and starts the timer right after giving a go-signal. Customers then starts eating the beef bowls.

9. Customers should turn over empty bowl before starting the next bowl. All left over grains in bowls will be weighed along with the unfinished bowl.

10. The Yoshinoya store crew writes the number of bowls consumed and weighs the leftover food of the top 1 & 2 contestants to validate the entry and verifies count and weight with the contestant.

11. The Yoshinoya store crew writes the number of bowls and weight of leftover on the Registration Form to be signed by the Yoshinoya store crew and the customer/contestant over their printed names. Only Registration Forms bearing the printed names and signatures of the Yoshinoya store crew and the customer/contestant shall be considered valid.

12. The Yoshinoya store crew writes the name and number of bowls consumed on the Leader Board. Only the Four (4) weekly fastest Gyudon bowl eaters who qualified in the store will be placed on its Leader Board per store. This will be updated every time a new record is set.

13. After the weekly qualifyng rounds in the stores, all weekly contestants who qualified per store will automatically be entered in the Grand Finals. All qualified contestants wil be notified between June 2-6, 2014 through Mobile call and e-mail.

14. In case of a tie in the stores, the store manager shall call upon the contestants who tied for a re-match. Contestant with the least number of rice grains left will be selected as winner for the round.

15. In any case of disputes, the decision of the Yoshinoya Store Manager will be considered valid and final.

16. A DTI representative shall be present during eliminations.

17. Employees of Yoshinoya Century Pacific, its agencies and participating outlets, including their relatives up to the second degree of affinity or consanguinity, and employees of sponsors, are disqualified from joining the qualifying match.

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Grand Match Mechanics

1. The Final Match will be held on June 14, 2014 at 1 PM in the Activity Center at Glorietta, Makati City

2. The forty-two finalists will be competing by eating the most number of bowls in 15 minutes.

  • Finalists should release a Health Release and Liability Waiver prior to the Final Match
  • Each Finalist is given ten (10) regular beef bowls, and is assigned with a marshal.
  • Finalists should not be holding or touching the spoon m fork, or chopsticks before the timer starts.
  • NO VOMITING is allowed for the duration of the contest and 15 minutes after the contest proper. In case of vomiting, contestant is automatically disqualified.

3. The timer will start upon the go-signal of the host.

4. After 15 minutes is up, the finalist should raise both their hands and step back from the table. Marshals will weigh remaining contents in bowls.

5. The Top 3 winning Finalists with the most number of bowls and least weight of bowl contents will win the following prizes:

1st Place: Php 150,000 CASH and Trip to Japan Tickets c/o Cebu Pacific

2nd Place: Php 50,000

3rd Place: Php 25,000

6. The non-winning finalists will be given consolation prizes of Php2,000 worth of Yoshinoya GCs each.

7. In case of a tie for the 1st place, 2nd place, or 3rd place, a 1 bowl overtime match will be done among tied Finalists for their corresponding prizes. The Finalist who finishes their beef bowl with the fastest time and little to no grains left will be awarded the prize.

8. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be announced and awarded during the Yoshinoya Gyudon Eating Contest Final Match Event and announced through posters and print ads.

9. In case the Grand winner be denied of a Japan Visa, Trip to Japan ticket will be forfeited in favor of Yoshinoya.

10. Non-cash prizes and consolation prizes are not convertible to cash.

Control Measure:

1. All application forms per branch shall be under the custody of the store manager, properly number sequentially per branch.

2. After the last qualifying event, all application forms will be collected and brought to the Yoshinoya Head Office for encoding and safekeeping under the custody of the Operations Manager – Ms. Lala Habana

3. A DTI representative shall be invited to witness the Grand Finals Match.

59 comments to Yoshinoya Gyudon Eating Contest Year 4: Win Php 150K Cash and a Trip to Japan for Two!

  • alvin imperial  says:

    what if i did not win, should i pay the food i ate from the contest? or is it already free once you purchase the meal said?

    • dollhana  says:

      Hi Alvin. You only pay for the first bowl you’ll buy in order to join the qualifying round. The qualifying round runs from April 21-May 30. If you finish a lot of bowls in five minutes and are considered to be one of the fastest contestants, you will be invited to join the Grand Finals. You can try as many times as you can to get a good time or to eat as many bowls of Gyudon in five minutes. But during the qualifying round, you have to pay for your Gyudon meal. In the Grand Finals, you don’t have to pay for anything anymore, plus you get the chance to win the grand prizes. :) If you have any more follow up questions, I’ll try to answer them as best as I can. :)

  • leira  says:

    I don’t think I’ll join.. I will definitely watch it and that’s for sure

  • Paula Alagao  says:

    I’m also not good in eating rice but I love to try it! Is this challenge available in all their branches? Thank you Miss Hana! :)

    • dollhana  says:

      Hi Pau! Yes, it’s available in all branches starting April 21 :) Good luck! Practice ka kumain madami!

      • Paula Alagao  says:

        I will Miss Hana! Thank you. :)

  • alvin imperial  says:

    oh I SEE,, so i only pay once to join the qualifying round? in grand finals, i automatically joined without paying anything meal??

    • dollhana  says:

      That’s right, Alvin :) Hope you and your friends can join!

  • Rain Gatdula  says:

    yay so gastronomic contest! XD

  • Allan Reyes  says:

    I want to join this contest.

  • Abigail Del Rosario  says:

    i never tried to join any contest like this but i want to give it a try.

  • Anna Adona  says:

    I love Yoshinoya’s Gyudon!!! <3 I am not brave enough to try and finish more than one bowl, but I'm sure watching the contestants as they try to down multiple bowls will make me feel so full! *Burp* :D

  • Neil John Ocampo  says:

    woaah, I wanna join this <3

  • Liberty Floro  says:

    Hoping to join but i rather watch it for sure.

    • dollhana  says:

      You should try it out! :D

  • Mary Santos  says:

    so we can use spoon and fork? =)

    • dollhana  says:

      Definitely! It’s easier that way, right? :)

  • Eddielli Bungay  says:

    Wow, hope I can join this game! Gustong gusto ko mag join kaya lang natatakot ako hehe!

    • dollhana  says:

      Don’t be! It’s super fun, and if you really eat fast, you just might win the major prizes :D

  • Sunshine Fariñas  says:

    Hahaha Try lang! hehehehe
    I wanna try :)

  • Steve del Castillo  says:

    I will join this eating contest. hope i can eat as many Yoshinoya Gyudon.

  • Shakirizza Cabrera  says:

    iam sure my husband would join this eating contest!

  • conrado barrientos  says:

    love to join, sana’y mabusog nyo kami hehehe.

  • Theo Musni  says:

    Oooh this is so exciting! I’ve always been a fan of eating contests, but I’ve never joined an eating contest that involved a rice meal.
    I hope we both get to the Grand finals! Haha. Good luck Ms. Hana! :)
    Thanks for posting this! :)

  • Clyde A. Gabriel  says:

    Wow!!! I love to join this contest!!! Looks yummy!!! =)

  • Arminda Puno De Leon  says:

    A feat to beat! One has to love gyudon to enter coz the noodles is really so heavy. Goodluck to those who will join.

  • maricel P. villanueva  says:

    thank you ms. hana my family loves japanese food!

  • Jecyl apuang  says:

    So, exciting hoping to win.. I wanna try..

  • leah  says:

    Their gyudon bowls all look yummy! are the participants free to choose what flavor they want? If ever I win this I’ll share it with my male friend cause I know he may stand a chance! As for me, im happy and contented to eat with no pressure :))

  • Cel Fajardo  says:

    I love to but I dont think I can do it because I cant it that fast I want to savor my food

  • Joimee Castillo  says:

    I dont think i can eat that fast, but i do want to try :))

  • sherry ann gole cruz  says:

    wow,me and my son want to give it a try but im to shy to join,i hope i could have the confidence before the contest start!

  • Kimberly Camille Tiu  says:

    Nice! I’ll share this info with my friends

  • Cy Valencia  says:

    This is interesting. I’ve never joined any eating contest before. Thinking of joining with my husband. :)

  • Krystal Jade Coronel  says:

    Gusto namin sumali ng husband ko, buti open na fairview terraces mas malapit lang from our location =)

  • Istin Dizon Paigna  says:

    Wow! That’s a great contest from Yoshinoya.. I think I would love to dare myself with this if I were 10 years younger but right now, I guess I can only eat 1-3 bowls of gyudon.. not enough to win i think. Good luck to those who will join :)

  • Marlene Yanga  says:

    Wow! I tell my brothers about it.And I wanna try it also.

  • janeth  says:

    how i wish i can join there..

  • stacy |crumpylicious  says:

    can you use spoon and fork?

    • dollhana  says:

      Yup, Stacy! Sali ka :D

  • Khrishia Ronquillo-Sedenio  says:

    I really want to join in this contest! May the force be with me! :D

  • Chona Gomba  says:

    Huhu I won’t be able to join this contest however I want to because I’m a loser when it comes to fastest-eating contest, especially if consuming rice & meat! But I have a good idea who I’m tagging along with me to make him join in this contest.. I’m sure he has a good chance on winning teehee

  • Mara Galang  says:

    Wow! I wanna join this contest, me and my family will definitely love this! We really love japanese foods, and Yoshinoya is really one of our favorite authentic jap resto! Their yakiudon is superb!

  • shandie  says:

    ilang bowl po ibibigay sa isang contestant dun sa pinaka 1st round?

    • shandie  says:

      iniisip ko palang na yung isang bowl di ko maubos yung marami pa kaya? hahah but i really wanna try it. pag sumali ba dyan marami manonood? nakakahiya naman yun if ever. hahaa

  • Jocris  says:

    yay. I want to join this one.. I want a trip to Japan.. hohoho.

  • arra odeza  says:

    sa tingin palang nakakabusog na panu pa kya pag paramihan n ng kain :) pero atleast worth it nmn pagsumali. the best sa pacontest d best p ang fuds :)

  • Maria Corazon Letada  says:

    Will tell my cousin about this! Gonna try this soon!

  • Mary ann Cuer  says:

    I want to try this kind of eating contest! :)

  • Vicenta  says:

    Wow! Galing naman.Saan branch ba ito? Kaso ang hina kong kumain. Pa try nga nito para maka punta ng Japan. :)

  • Rhozallino Ramones  says:

    Wow! Yoshinoa Gyudon Eating Contest is awesome. I want to try it soon.

  • SUZETTE  says:

    I love to join

  • Lilia So  says:

    Who is the last year’s winner and what’s his/her time?

  • Marlon So  says:

    I would love to join. :)

  • Manuel So  says:

    Any tips on how to win?

  • Michael So  says:

    In case of emergency, will there be medical assistance available at the event?

  • Jenny So  says:

    What should I wear? (?_?)

  • Kevin Huffer  says:

    Hi Hana. Kevin here. Chris and I joined and we both ate over 4 bowls and were so full. I won the weekly contest so far this week in one of the stores. ;-)

    • dollhana  says:

      Wow Kevin! That’s fantastic news! I’m glad you enjoyed the experience. I hope Chris tries again so that the two of you can compete together in the finals = more chances of the grand winner being one of you two :D

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