Corby Layne of Dallas eats a piece of sushi as he competes in the first Sushi Speed Eating Contest at Kabuki Restaurant on Saturday,  April 6, 2019 in Irving, Texas. (Brian Elledge/The Dallas Morning News)

Corby Layne of Dallas eats a piece of sushi as he competes in the first Sushi Speed Eating Contest at Kabuki Restaurant on Saturday, April 6, 2019 in Irving, Texas. (Brian Elledge/The Dallas Morning News)

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On Saturday, nine people in North Texas were challenged to each eat a 5-foot-long sushi roll at Kabuki Japanese Restaurant in Irving. 

The challenge seemed simple: Eat four vegetable rolls, three California rolls and three spicy tuna rolls as fast as they could. They were incentivized by a prize of $300 to Kabuki, VIP tickets to a LiveNation concert and a free hotel stay at a Holiday Inn Express.


The contest was held to celebrate Kabuki's one year anniversary. The restaurant is located near Toyota Music Factory.

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The nine contestants signed up through ads on Facebook and drove in from all over the Dallas-Fort Worth area and beyond, from Frisco to Canton. 

The winner was 45-year-old Tony Lin, of Coppell, who finished all 10 rolls just ahead of Ron Wall of Frisco, who had just two pieces remaining. 

Lin finished the feat, as the rules stated, with a yell of "Kabuki!"

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