Curtis Sliwa has been a competitor in gastronomical eating contests for years. In 1996, after two failed attempts to win the Nathans’ famous hotdog eating championship, on July 4th, he finally placed third.  The first-place winner was Ed Krachie, the 260 lb. Maspeth incinerator. Sliwa had almost defeated him two years prior and Krachie even said that Sliwa is “not bad for a lightweight.”