The UK's eating champion has set his sights on devouring the Big Apple.
Black Country eating machine Rob Burns will be flying to the United States to compete in the world famous Nathan's hot dog eating contest in Coney Island, New York on Independence Day.
The 34-year-old computer consultant won the UK Eating Championships last month after beating a London stockbroker by a hefty 18 pork pies.
Mr Burns will now have to chomp his way through as many hot dogs as he can within 12 minutes when he super-sizes up against the world's best eaters in New
York on July 4. The formidable Takeru Kobayashi, from Japan, devoured the competition last year by consuming 53 hot dogs within the time limit.
Mr Burns, a father-oftwo from Wolverhampton, said: "It is a little daunting but I wouldn't change it for the world. I have been practising speed eating the hot dogs by dumping them in water because it makes them easy to swallow.
"The rest of my training is mental agility and mind over matter. I am building up tolerance and trying to retain the food. I am speeding up and getting closer."
Mr Burns has always had a bottomless pit for a stomach but only weighs 11 stone and has a 32-inch waistline.
He said: " I think it started as soon as I could smell food but I was a picky eater. I don't like sprouts. At seven years, I would eat full curries, and my mother's and nan's portions too."
Mr Burns claims his appetite does not really get revved up until dinner time. I have a bowl of cereal for breakfast, a bag of chips or a couple of sandwiches for lunch," he said.
"Then, I will have anything for dinner. If I am in town and I see a sign offering meals for two, I will have them both."
The health implications of eating large amounts of heart-attack inducing food does not seem to worry the eating giant.
He said: "My cholesterol level is fine and my doctor says there is no problem at all."