B for Banishment: Bertoletti, Brown, Biller out of MLE top 50, Miki Sudo #7

update May 10 Rake & Herald has a post about the new rankings containing an interview with Pat Bertoletti who says he declined to extend his MLE contract due to issues it was causing with the Glutton Force Five food truck and his “Stuffed” youtube series. He says he might have competed in his last eating contest.

Flashback: November GQ article where Pat Bertoletti says he is contemplating retirement. ( Joey Chestnut also says he is considering retiring after the 2013 Nathan’s finals)

update May 9 Flashback to the Spring 2010 top 10 Half are apparently no longer with MLE ( Kobayashi (#3) Pat Bertoletti (#4) Ben Monson (#7) Hall Hunt (#9) Tim Brown (#10) )

Miki Sudo noticed that the MLE top 50 was updated today. The new top 10:

1) Joey Chestnut
2) Tim Janus
3) Sonya Thomas
4) Matt Stonie
5) Bob Shoudt
6) Adrian Morgan
7) Miki Sudo
8) Aaron Osthoff
9) Juliet Lee
10) Sean Gordon

The big news is the omissions from the previous top 50 (Google cache)
Pat Bertoletti (former #2)
Tim Brown (#10)
Nate Biller (#23)
Ben Taylor (#31)
Ron Koch #34
Jake Larry #39

First time entrants
Miki Sudo #7
Jeff Butler #16
Pablo Martinez #21
Neil Sebree #30
Corey Fanguy #31

Marcos Owens #28

Unranked despite a recent top 5 finish
Tom Gilbert (#2 men’s Las Vegas qualifier)
Joe Noto (#5 sweet corn)
Jesse O’Con (#5 asparagus)

Comments (58)


  1. Anonymous said

    May 8, 2013 @ 5:07 pm

    More money for X, MT, and Not. Bob at Nathan’s and beyond.

  2. anonymous said

    May 8, 2013 @ 5:28 pm

    I expect seiken to run a full page article on this one

  3. anonymous said

    May 8, 2013 @ 5:33 pm

    Edible is next after her main squeeze gets boot

  4. Anonymous said

    May 8, 2013 @ 9:18 pm

    Probably wouldn’t sign contract. Discussed the possibility of entering at least one non-mle contest…

  5. Anonymous said

    May 8, 2013 @ 10:36 pm

    Since Tom didn’t sign….who gets the wildcard lead?

  6. anonymous said

    May 8, 2013 @ 10:49 pm

    What about Andrew Kossuth a sleeper thats been passed up more times than Gil Hodges been denied to baseball hall of fame. His most recent 12 hot dog and bun performance. In Coney Island should have been enough to finally earn him a spot in the top 20

  7. Ron Koch said

    May 9, 2013 @ 12:06 am

    I knew I was out when I didn’t get a place at the table in Vegas. The same happened last year at the rib contest. The new guy”’.All I ever wanted to do is to leave with dignaty”””””” Loyalty gets you noware

  8. Anonymous said

    May 9, 2013 @ 1:32 am

    how you gonna get rid of Deep Dish?, he has beat everyone including Joey in some events, he gave everything to MLE, this is excatly why I don’t eat for them anymore or promote any of their events, all the new eaters in MLE, if that’s how they treat guy’s like Pat, Tim and Nate, imagine how they are going to treat you.

  9. Anonymous said

    May 9, 2013 @ 7:22 am

    Did anyone ever think that Pat and Tim made the decision to leave MLE to concentrate on their own business? Maybe they do not have time to compete and run a serious business along with Pat’s other day jobs. They got a lot from MLE and MLE got a lot from them. Friendly parting.

  10. Rhonda Evans said (Registered March 6, 2008)

    May 9, 2013 @ 7:37 am

    We, sitting here on the periphery, playing “armchair QB,” are not privy to all the details. It could be as simple as contract renewal time surfaced and some eaters, including Deep Dish, just decided not to re-sign. Who really knows, besides the eaters themselves and MLE?

    It’s amazing how some people want to wait in ambush for anything negative and then pursue that angle for all they’re worth—-if only as much energy was expended doing something constructive.

    I do know that I’ll miss Deep Dish not being in MLE, but I’ll keep up with his exploits. He is the best sweets and jalapeno pepper eater on the planet, and kind of hard to ignore.

  11. Rhonda Evans said (Registered March 6, 2008)

    May 9, 2013 @ 7:52 am

    Congrats to Miki on her well deserved #7 initial MLE ranking, and also to new entrants Jeff, Pablo, Neil, and Corey, along with returning entrant Marcos.

    I expect Miki to move a bit higher, still, and Jeff Butler will almost assuredly move into the top 10 (from #16) with a decent Nathan’s Finals outing.

  12. Anonymous said

    May 9, 2013 @ 8:31 am

    I don’t understand how Jim Reeves, who is a very nice guy, is still in the top 20. It’s as obserd as Shredder maintaining his spot for so many years.

  13. beautifulbrian said

    May 9, 2013 @ 10:36 am

    I always liked Pat and sorry to see him go but im shocked he hung around for 6yrs as wild and crazy as he is. Still true devotion coming from a kid that started when he was only 21. On another note maybe i should be grateful i am still ranked but for some of you loyal historains if you go back in the trusty eatfeats archives , i beat some of the eaters ranked ahead of me so #48 is not reflective of my capacity as an eater. Then again the haters will prob only remember me for 11 dogs and buns a la Bill Buckner 1st base fumble of Mookie Wilson ground ball in the 86 world series

  14. anonymous said

    May 9, 2013 @ 10:39 am

    Shredder maintained his spot in the rankings as a trade off with the Sheas for allowing Tim Janus to get the majority of the media publicity when they first started

  15. Anonymous said

    May 9, 2013 @ 10:50 am

    Nice of Shredder to do that.

  16. Aware said

    May 9, 2013 @ 11:01 am

    I think we’re all quite aware of your eating ability. That’s why you’re ranked where you are, but thanks for the update.

  17. anonymous said

    May 9, 2013 @ 11:14 am

    its true

  18. Anonymous said

    May 9, 2013 @ 12:21 pm

    Anony 10:39 is either a mental case or the #48 ranked eater. Shredder never cared about media publicity, in fact he avoided it.

  19. anonymous said

    May 9, 2013 @ 12:59 pm

    Hey 1221 lamebrain read the comment word for word instead of interpreting. He said janus could have the publicity just give him the ranking duh!

  20. Ron Koch said

    May 9, 2013 @ 1:53 pm

    Thank you to Brian, Booker,Pat, Tim, Legs,Hardy, Hunt, Ross, Wells,Boone, Koby, Lerman and the Shea brothers. You all made my MLE eating years fun and gave me respect..Friends always……………RON

  21. Ummm... said

    May 9, 2013 @ 4:27 pm

    You were loyal, Ron?!? Pleaze…….

  22. Ron Koch said

    May 9, 2013 @ 7:43 pm

    Damn rite I was, to a fault. I always called the office before doing a challange..,never tried to sneek one in..As you see above , these are my friends..Sorry I ommited you ummm

  23. anonymous said

    May 9, 2013 @ 9:17 pm

    Dont expect any more tweets about gravy and deep dish with MLE. Once they ban you its like you never existed

  24. anonymous said

    May 9, 2013 @ 9:44 pm

    1221 is the mental case and not 48 th ranked eater. He was spotted mumbljng to himself jn train on route to a cheesecake contest in 2004

  25. Anonymous said

    May 9, 2013 @ 9:53 pm

    BS chimes in with nothing.

  26. Anonymous said

    May 9, 2013 @ 10:52 pm

    A real man doesn’t ask permission to do anything. You act like these guys were your bosses, what were you on their payroll ha I don’t so. Surprised you haven’t blown away with the wind.

  27. anonymous said

    May 9, 2013 @ 10:54 pm

    No shredder or cuz not bs

  28. anonymous said

    May 9, 2013 @ 11:10 pm

    If you are facebook friends with banned major league eaters, I suggest you defriend them immediately or face possible disciplinary action

  29. anonymous said

    May 10, 2013 @ 1:59 am

    1052 if they could make you think you were on their payroll , thats all that mattered

  30. Anonymous said

    May 10, 2013 @ 9:01 am

    It’s been said that it is better to mumble than to offend with BO.

  31. anonymous said

    May 10, 2013 @ 9:35 am

    You should know about BO shorty

  32. Ignatius Rake said (Registered August 6, 2012)

    May 10, 2013 @ 11:32 am

    Here’s our report: http://www.therakeandherald.tv/society/societystory.php?id=224

    Deep Dish exclusively tells the R&H why he didn’t renew his MLE contract. Plus other exclusive quotes from Miki Sudo; Jeff ‘the Beast Man’ Butler; Pablo Martinez; Corey ‘Da Bayou Boy’ Fanguy; George Shea; and PartyBot.

  33. anonymous said

    May 10, 2013 @ 12:33 pm

    Why wasnt seiken update on the ban mentioned on rake and herald site?

  34. anonymous said

    May 10, 2013 @ 12:34 pm

    I thought edible is dating Conti now?

  35. Anonymous said

    May 10, 2013 @ 2:35 pm

    Edible isn’t allowed to get food with another eater as friends when in the same town for a contest because she’s dating Pat? That’s kind of dumb. Just because eaters eat together does not mean they’re dating. It’s flawed logic. Obviously most do this because of a love of food. They love to eat. Why wouldn’t they share a meal? Naader and Damon did a bunch of videos together, are they dating?

  36. anonymous said

    May 10, 2013 @ 6:19 pm

    How Edible chose Bertoletti over Boone or Seiken is beyond me

  37. Anonymous said

    May 10, 2013 @ 8:11 pm

    Boone and Seiken should date each other

  38. ZonG! said

    May 11, 2013 @ 12:39 am

    maybe we’ll see Pat at Wingbowl 22? All Pro Eating contests?

  39. Anonymous said

    May 11, 2013 @ 7:58 am

    Pat will be undefeated outside MLE.

  40. Anonymous said

    May 11, 2013 @ 8:09 am

    Quotes from the R & H article:

    : “I chose not to re-sign to explore Stuffed” “and focus my attention on the food truck.”

    : “I realised that I have no future in competitive eating…”

    These two statements seem to contradict each other. He has no future in competitive eating yet he is continuing with Stuffed and the food truck.

    Shades of Eminem’s Slim Shady.

  41. anonymous said

    May 11, 2013 @ 9:53 am

    Gotta love IFOCE stance on removing eaters. Never mentioned on their website No story no nothing. When they throw you out it’s like you never existed in the first place .

  42. anonymous said

    May 11, 2013 @ 9:54 am

    That would be hilarious if Pat signed with all pro eating as a goof. Jamie will finally have some real competition

  43. anonymous said

    May 11, 2013 @ 11:05 am

    I tell ya that Pat is one confused dude. I think he should have been the guy doing those Dell Commercials DUDE!

  44. Anonymous said

    May 11, 2013 @ 11:08 am

    I do not find the two statements to be contradictory. I think what is meant that Pat has achieved everything possible within MLE and there is nothing further there for him. He has no future in competitive eating with MLE which would interfere with his exploring all other possibilities to promote his food truck and himself. I do not see anything sinister about MLE not putting any article or announcement. They do not do this at all, never have or just do articles once in a while. They do not care about videos and such. They care about promoting a product for their sponsors, that is what they are supposed to do as PR people, period, amen. It is only on here that people come up with conspiracy theories and subplots which do not exist. Pat gets to be himself as does Gravy and go forward. Look at what Pat is doing, he isn’t doing contests per se. He wants to use his experiences to do other things and to promote himself and his projects, especially the food truck. Both MLE and Pat had a great run, now Pat is going in a different direction.

  45. anonymous said

    May 11, 2013 @ 11:18 am

    Some of you make jokes about Pat but this is a very somber occasion. A great man and a role model will not be breaking bread with us at the table anymore. Keep making jokes . Its not funny

  46. anonymous said

    May 11, 2013 @ 11:42 am

    Without Pat what’s the point of living

  47. Anonymous said

    May 11, 2013 @ 1:46 pm

    The sadness that comes from Pat’s exodus from major league eating could only be topped by Seiken’s departure.

  48. anonymous said

    May 11, 2013 @ 1:47 pm

    1108 so what you are saying is that MLE is strictly business stone cold robots with no compassion or sympathy for human feelings. Sad way to live life

  49. Anonymous said

    May 11, 2013 @ 1:48 pm

    Pat? A role model? Yeah maybe for Brian Seiken.

  50. beautifulbrian said

    May 11, 2013 @ 2:28 pm

    Yeah maybe he was a role model of mine. In the 6yrs he was involved with MLE i have rarely heard anyone say something nice about him. I guess its because i had a brief association with him. Cant think of anything else. Have you ever stopped to think that he is a very bright young man that wants to move on with his life and watch his health at an early age? Too much food ingested on a frequent basis can pollute the digestive system. He might be a little spaced out at times but i think he knows what he’s doing

  51. Anonymous said

    May 11, 2013 @ 2:46 pm

    I hope he knows what he is doing. I do not blame him for being concerned about his health.

  52. Anonymous said

    May 11, 2013 @ 3:46 pm

    It has nothing to do with health. The sneaky, money hungry Shea’s probably want to get paid for the Stuffed show and want a piece of his food truck. Good for you Pat (and Tim) stick that straw hat up their asses.

  53. anonymous said

    May 11, 2013 @ 4:17 pm

    Ya know 346 has a good point!

  54. anonymous said

    May 11, 2013 @ 4:21 pm

    I say oink oink to all this shit. Best way to handle it

  55. Anonymous said

    May 11, 2013 @ 5:28 pm

    346 dont burn the bridge of for the B’s, let them do that should they choose but its not your place.

  56. Anonymous said

    May 11, 2013 @ 6:56 pm

    Lots of eaters were great friends of Pat’s and still are.

  57. Anonymous said

    May 12, 2013 @ 1:58 am

    Whats the deal with that Cory guy down the bayou gets a 4th place finish in the crawfish championship n ranked 36th please n wont make it to coney island lmao

  58. anonymous said

    March 13, 2015 @ 5:35 pm

    I clicked on that link above for the google cache of the rankings. It was a dead page. I wish there was someway Google could make a permalink for its cached pages.

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