You may have heard the names before, Joey ‘jaws’ Chestnut, Takeru Kobyayashi or the ‘Black Widow’ Sonja Thomas, they are all professional eaters. They don’t make enough money winning eating contests to make a living so pro eaters do have other jobs. If you have ever thought about entering an eating competition or becoming a professional, there are some things you can do to increase your chance of winning. Here are 5 tips to help you become a professional eater. First,’ lose weight’…this may not sound correct but it’s the skinny guys that have an easier time with digestion. Sonya Thomas only weighs 110 lbs.