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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]

 
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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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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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