Mimi Zhang The Mini Monster, top australia competitive eating

Mimi Zhang The Mini Monster, top australia competitive eating

Mimi chowing down on a head-sized burger.

Meet Mimi, ‘The Mini Monster’: The Top Female Competitive Eater in Australia.

Mimi, who was born in China, has always been a voracious eater.

“I grew up eating a lot of Chinese food… dumplings are one of my favorites,” she explained.

“Every time my mother cooks several hundred dumplings, I devour the majority of them.”

Mimi, who was born in China, has always been a voracious eater.

“I grew up eating a lot of Chinese food… dumplings are one of my favorites,” she explained.

Mimi eating as a child.

“Every time my mother cooks several hundred dumplings, I devour the majority of them.”

Mimi arrived to Australia ten years ago in 2011 but was unaware of competitive eating until she came upon a pancake eating competition in 2019.

“I was in Garden City Shopping Centre, doing a little shopping,” she explained.

“To be honest, I had no intention of competing; I simply went there for an after-lunch dessert and ended up eating 18 and taking second place.”

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I believe I scared the locals.”

Following a casual second place finish, Mimi attracted the attention of a few professionals who recognized her ability and introduced her to the competitive eating world.

Mimi competed in her first real competition in Melbourne some months after the pancake eating contest.

She had ten minutes to consume as many hot dogs as possible.

Mimi is now Australia’s top female competitive eater.

Mimi vying for a spot in Melbourne’s Hot Dog Competition.

“I’ve always been a fierce competitor, not only in eating, but in everything. I believe that is simply my inherent personality.”

However, reaching the pinnacle of competitive eating is not simple.

Mimi is continuously preparing for competitions by training both her head and body.

“I do need to exercise frequently and eat as healthily as possible on a daily basis… I believe competitive eating should be an Olympic sport.”

Being a petite, fit woman, on the other hand, does not match the stereotype of a competitive eater.

Mimi exercising with weights.

“When I tell people I am a competitive eater, they respond with, ‘you don’t look like one,'” she explains.

Mimi has not been deterred by these opinions.

She has embraced her petite stature, earning the moniker “The Mini Monster.”

As a result, Mimi continues to compete in a range of eating challenges, ranging from burgers the size of her head to six-liter milkshakes and four-pound pizzas.

Mimi even returned to pancakes earlier this year, setting a new Australian record after devouring 32 pancakes weighing more than 4.5kg.

Mimi surrounded by male contestants at a pizza eating tournament.

“Pancakes are both my favorite and least favorite food.”

Fortunately for Mimi, her parents and boyfriend, particularly her mother, are quite supportive.

“She occasionally gives me dietary recommendations; for example, she’ll say, eat the protein first, then the meat; this will help you feel satiated more slowly.”

Her partner has likewise attempted numerous eating challenges but has never beaten Mimi.

Mimi’s aim after the borders open is to compete globally in events such as America’s notorious Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Competition, which has seen legends such as Joey Chestnut set astonishing records by eating as many as 76 hot dogs in ten minutes.

Mimi Zhang tries her hand at 32 pancakes.

In the meantime, you may follow Mimi on Instagram at @mimitheminimonster to see more of her astounding feats.

‘My Great Story’

The video is the latest in a new series titled My Big Story.

The YouTube series, hosted by 7NEWS Lead Reporter Angela Cox, will highlight extraordinary stories from people’s lives.

Each and every one of us has a’major’ story.

Mimi and her mother in a selfie.

The events that shape who we are and what we do with our life.

Who we develop into.

These ‘grandiose’ tales are truly exceptional.

Moments that define – or destroy – people.

We can learn, sympathise, and connect with them.

These are the watershed moments in people’s life.

These are necessary narratives.

Mimi congratulates herself on her victory in a rib-eating competition.
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