SPARKS, Nev. (AP) - Top-ranked competitive eater and three-time
defending champion Joey Chestnut has been dethroned as the winner
of the Best in the West Nugget World Rib Eating Championship in
Sparks. Pat "Deep Dish" Bertoletti of Chicago beat Chestnut on
Wednesday by one-tenth of a pound. Bertoletti downed 5.8 pounds
in 12 minutes.
Wednesday's contest was the fourth annual and featured 12
Chestnut, of San Jose, Calif., is ranked No. 1 in the
International Federation of Competitive Eating. Bertoletti is
Bertoletti says he prepared for the contest by not eating since a
large meal on Tuesday. He won $2,500 and his name will adorn a
trophy featuring three golden pigs.