The top competitive eaters in the world were on hand in Dallas this week to battle it out in Major League Eating’s Wingstop World Wing-Eating Championships. Chicago’s Pat Bertoletti came out on top, downing 288 wings in 12 minutes, according to contest officials’ estimates.
Much of the excitement in the buildup to the Wing-Off surrounded the world’s top-ranked eater, Joey Chestnut, and the woman who defeated him in a wing-eating clash last September, Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas.
But it was the mohawked, big sungrasses-wearing Bertoletti who had the wing-eating night of his life, walking away with a giant-sized prize check for $10,000. According to the account by Patrick Michels in the Dallas Observer, there were bits of chicken flying well into the crowd as Bertoletti ate at a furious pace.
As measured by Wingstop officials, Bertoletti consumed 171.6 ounces of chicken, followed by “Notorious B.O.B.” Shoudt with 164 ounces, and Chestnut taking third place with 128.4 ounces.
The Wingstop event was originally scheduled for last February as a pre-Super Bowl extravaganza, but had to be postponed due to snow and ice in the Dallas area.
A chef by trade, Bertoletti is now the second ranked eater on the MLE circuit. He’s planning to start a food truck business in Chicago with fellow competitive eater Tim “Gravy” Brown. He told Michel the truck will be a “drunken gourmet” operation dishing out the kind of “rich, salty, overpowering” food he likes to cook.
We’ll be keeping an eye out for that in the Windy City.
Photos by Patrick Michels