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News Mon Jul 06 2009

Deep Dish Does Chicago Proud, Eats 55 Hot Dogs

nathans09.jpgPatrick "Deep Dish" Bertoletti, one of Chicago's top competitive eaters, polished off 55 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes to place third in Nathon's Famous July Fourth International Eating Contest in New York. Third place may not sound all that great, but considering first and second were taken by Joey Chestnut and Takeru Kobayashi, the world's undisputed top two eaters, it's a strong showing.

Joey Chestnut took first with 68 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes, while Kobayashi ate 64 and a half. That's a little under a hot dog every 10 seconds, bun and all, while Deep Dish didn't quite manage to break that threshold, he still kept up an incredible pace. In a pre-contest blog post, Bertoletti said, "it's a game of hot dog roulette with a ¾ full pack of hot dogs in the chamber."

If you want to catch Deep Dish in action, you'll have to travel to Madison or Minneapolis next weekend, where he'll be tackling a pair of Jimmy John's sandwich eating challenges.

[Photo via Serious Eats]

allie / July 9, 2009 12:23 PM

It's "Patrick" not "Paul"

Andrew / July 10, 2009 12:04 PM

Good lord, you're right. Not sure how that happened, other than I wrote this way past my bedtime. Fixed it.

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