Great jumping gyoza phat!

San Jose mega eaters Joey Chestnut -- of hot dog devouring fame -- and Matt "Megatoad" Stonie set a world record in gyoza consumption in Los Angeles earlier this month. You may want to sit down and pop a Tums before reading on.

Stonie set a world record at the Major League Eating-sanctioned Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship last year when he downed 268 dumplings in 10 minutes. (A Major League Eating organization? Who knew?) So he must have thought he had it in the bag when he ate 377 at this year's gyoza-fest, which was held Aug. 16. Nope, Chestnut set a world record by swallowing 384 and won the $2,000 cash prize -- or 467 bottles, according to our cash-to-Pepto-Bismol currency converter.

Joey Chestnut, right, is renowned for his hot dog-eating championships ó he won the Nathan’s contest eight times ó but apparently, he’s a
Joey Chestnut, right, is renowned for his hot dog-eating championships ó he won the Nathan's contest eight times ó but apparently, he's a competitive eating multi-talent. He just won the gyoza eating world championship in Los Angeles and set a new world record: 384 gyoza in 10 minutes. ( Day-Lee Foods )

No word on what he had for dessert.

Research ... on taco trucks?

A team of researchers at the University of Michigan and Northwestern University are presenting their food truck research at a sociology conference this month, and we're finding their findings wildly amusing. Among them: Large cities with craft breweries, farmers markets and high real estate prices are likely to have more upscale food trucks and "precipitation is actually positively associated with the new food trucks, although this effect drops out of significance if Portland, Oregon, is removed."

Sometimes those "Portlandia" scripts just write themselves.

Dorm dining


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Dorm food despair? Au contraire. The Daily Meal has just anointed the 75 Best Colleges for Food in America. Maine's Bowdoin College topped the private-school-dominated list, but there are a few Californians in the bunch. Los Angeles' Occidental College came in eighth, thanks to its themed dinners, Oxy Iron Chef challenge, chef showcases and dishes such as balsamic-glazed chicken and butternut risotto.

UCLA came in at No. 13 for its vegan-friendliness, interesting cuisine and great off-campus dining options. (It seems a bit like cheating to give credit to the school for food it does not cook, but whatever.) And Mills College came in at No. 14, thanks to its campuswide picnics, farm-grown fare and location, smack dab in the middle of the Bay Area's food scene. (Which seems like -- oh, wait, that's our food scene. OK, we're good.) Check out the full list at www.thedailymeal.com/75-best-colleges-food-america-2014.

Top chefs

And a new season of "Top Chef" heads to the airwaves Oct. 15 with San Francisco chef Melissa King (Luce, Delfina) and San Jose caterer Keriann Von Raesfeld in the lineup.

-- Jackie Burrell, Staff