Junior Nate Jakobs came in first in a taco-eating contest sponsored by the Chican@ Latin@ Student Union (CLSU) on Dec. 8, downing seven tacos in 1 minute 30 seconds.
Junior Yelin Mao came in a close second, followed by English teacher Jason Hinojosa.
“(I started) with (eating) three (tacos at once), then two, then one and then another one, ” Jakobs said.
Prior to the competition, both Jakobs and Hinojosa considered each other their greatest competitor.
“Nate had the will to win, and I could see that,” Hinojosa said.
“Word on the street is that Mr. Hinojosa can fly through some Mexican cuisine,” Jakobs said jokingly.
Senior Sonja Hansen, who also competed, said she could have improved her eating strategy.
“I should have been ripping them up as I went so I didn’t have to chew as much,” Hansen said
Hinojosa and Hansen agreed that having something to moisten the tacos was very helpful. Hinojosa kept a big glass of water next to him.
“If you take a big gulp of water, it gets the food wet and makes it easier to swallow,” he said.
Hansen, on the other hand, used salsa.
The $421 raised will support Breakthrough Sacramento. The price to participate in the competition was $10, and the winner received a $15 gift card of their choice.
CLSU co-president junior Yanele Ledesma said the club members had the idea during the summer.
“(Junior) Gabi (Alvarado) was the one who suggested a taco-eating contest, and we all decided to sell tacos, too,” Ledesma said. “We thought it’d be a great opportunity to raise money for something we all supported and are involved in.”
According to CLSU co-president senior Esme Bruce-Romo, all the food was homemade by club members.
Contestants had a choice of vegetarian or meat tacos.
—By Kristine Schmitz
We Three (Taco) Kings
Third-place winner English teacher Jason Hinojosa, first-place winner junior Nate Jakobs and second-place winner junior Yelin Mao. (Harrison Moon)
Senior Nina Dym (left) serves herself during the CLSU taco sale while senior Esme Bruce-Romo prepares a plate for art teacher Andrew Cunningham. (Jacqueline Chao)
Junior Gabi Alvarado and sophomore Savannah Rosenzweig serve senior Atsuo Chiu chicken in his taco. (Harrison Moon)
Juniors Nate Jakobs and Yelin Mao take a break to drink water the minute the clock stops. Jakobs finished first with Mao following in second. (Harrison Moon)
All in a Line
Competitors utilize different strategies during the contest.
(From right to left: junior Nate Jakobs, freshman Brian Chow, junior Mehdi Lacombe, junior Luca Procida, senior Sonja Hansen, English teacher Jason Hinojosa, head of high school Brooke Wells and fifth-grade teacher John Yu)
One More Bite
Junior Nate Jakobs, winner of the contest, scarfs down his last taco. (Jacqueline Chao)