In an Asbury Park version of the traditional hot dog-eating contests found in places like Coney Island, the owners of MOGO Korean Tacos on the boardwalk have announced the winner of the First Annual Korean taco-eating contest.
He’s Stephen Farley [pictured above, far left] of North Brunswick, who consumed nine Korean tacos in 12 minutes, besting four other contestants at the event in September, according to Jay Devino, co-owner with Sam Chung of MOGO Korean tacos.
“It was Stephen’s bachelor weekend. His friends entered him in the contest without his knowledge,” said Devino. “He wasn’t aware of their intentions until arriving at MOGO. He thought his friends were taking him out to lunch amongst other bachelor party type shenanigans.”
Farley won a MOGO hat, a MOGO t-shirt, a $20 MOGO gift certificate as well as the title of “the 2012 champion of the First Annual MOGO Korean Taco-Eating Contest and all associated bragging rights,” Devino said.
Devino called the event a success, and said he and Chung will continue the search “to find a contestant hungry enough to complete the challenge of eating 12 MOGO Korean Tacos in 12 minutes.”
MOGO will close Saturday, Oct. 14, with plans to reopen in April, Devino said.
“We are happy to have been able to provide comfort to so many people through our food… MOGO will continue to strive to provide visitors to Asbury Park with a unique and delicious experience and further differentiate the Asbury Park boardwalk among its peers, as well as to maintain its contributions to the continued revitalization of our city by the sea,” he said.