I'm not talking about tasting and critiquing, but about the ghastly contests where contestants cram as much food down as possible in a short amount of time. Here in the USA there is an annual hot dog eating contest, and the winner managed to eat (?) over 60 hot dogs. There are also contests for hot chilies eating. This is not a good thing. Food should be enjoyed. Chilies have their place in some cuisines, but shouldn't be gobbled up to the point where the palate is dead. I won't comment on hot dogs. Encouraging overeating, not tasting or enjoying food, and perhaps encountering the danger of choking--not good.