Pat Bertoletti regains jalapeno crown in double OT

update May 4 AOLNews has an article about the contest and Don Lerman says he could beat Bertoletti in jalapenos after six months training.

Article about Randy Harrison’s 5th place finish

update May 3 MySanAntonio has an article and gallery

update #4 KXTN has a gallery and video of the contest update Video #2 | Video #3

update #3 Bertoletti has the following comment: “B.o.b. was a no show at peppers. sonya paid tribute w the notorious 2 pepper stuff after the buzzer”

update #2 has the top 3:
1 Pat Bertoletti 225 peppers in regulation time, 275 total
2 Sonya Thomas 225 peppers in regulation time
3 Erik Denmark

update Pat Bertoletti’s twitter reports he won the contest in double overtime after eating a total of 275 peppers.

Today’s La Costena jalapeno contest in San Antonio should start at 2pm eastern.

Comments (64)


  1. Anonymous said

    May 2, 2010 @ 12:11 pm

    I think it’s going to be Randy’s day.

  2. Anonymous said

    May 2, 2010 @ 4:16 pm

    Pat’s self-centered, and too quick to pat himself on the back. Another example of the outstanding camaraderie in the national federation of competitive eating. I smell something fishy about that contest.

  3. Anonymous said

    May 2, 2010 @ 4:45 pm

    Where’s Eril Denmark’s total. I’m sure he was in hot pursuit!

  4. No love said

    May 2, 2010 @ 8:29 pm

    There is no camaraderie in the IFOCE. If there was, eaters like sonya , tim, pat , joey BB and a bunch of others would meet for dinner or at a buffet once a month discussing competitive eating. So far that has yet to be accomplished. No Christmas or new years party , no nothing. Everyone is out for themselves and could care less about anyone else.If there was more socializing amongst those very names , there would be less bashing of sonya and juliet. The social aspect stinks as far as im concerned. The classic excuse of “i gotta go” or running out the door which she is notorious for, is a total disgrace and disrespect .

  5. Mega Munch said

    May 2, 2010 @ 8:50 pm

    I don’t think Pat is self-centered. He’s just using Twitter for what Twitter is used for. Besides, if I just ate 275 jalepeno peppers, I’d be telling the world about it too.

  6. Anonymous said

    May 2, 2010 @ 8:55 pm

    Why should there be camaraderie?

  7. Anonymous said

    May 2, 2010 @ 9:07 pm

    Denmark ate 92.That is a lot.

  8. Joey said

    May 3, 2010 @ 2:46 am

    That looked like an intense contest. I think a third overtime was needed.

  9. James said

    May 3, 2010 @ 5:27 am

    Sonya put on a show. She is amazing. That is who came to see and I was right in front. Most people around me thought she won. She was eating cleaner and faster than Pat.

  10. Uncalled For said

    May 3, 2010 @ 6:30 am

    Pat,s attempt at humor failed and is typical ifoce eaters bashing each other. Pat does it against the littlest target who has never said a harsh word about anyone. Pat. You won. Pick on someone your own size.

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

    May 3, 2010 @ 7:17 am

    Wow. That must have been quite an epic battle. I think it’s hard to separate Pat and Sonya in jalapenos. They are both King and Queen, respectively of that food. I can’t eat more than a handful.

    Kudos to BB for the coverage of it on his site at

    I don’t think Pat could have lasted a third overtime. How could anyone? Yet, Sonya still looked fresh, and I don’t know how. The woman is resilient.

    Both Pat’s and Sonya’s pics should be in the dictionary beside the word, “warrior!” That’s what they both are.

  12. anonymous said

    May 3, 2010 @ 8:06 am

    After the showing from Pat and Sonya i would make sure that either never had to lay out one dime in travel or hotel expenses in competition . . I dont think MLE realize after all these years what assets they have in that organization.

  13. Mega Munch said

    May 3, 2010 @ 8:38 am

    Their pics should also be in the dictionary beside the words “rectal flamethrower.”

    (There’s a mental image for ya at 8:30 in the morning.)

  14. anonymous said

    May 3, 2010 @ 10:20 am

    Greatest CE contest ever hands down!

  15. Impressed said

    May 3, 2010 @ 1:32 pm

    I wish I was there. In my opinion, that has to be the toughest contest ever. Throwing in an overtime is even more torture on top of eating 200+ jalapenos. I can’t wait to see what Pat’s review of the contest is like. Great job by Pat and Sonya – I don’t think any other eater could have done what they did. And if Ben Monson is smart he’ll steer away from jalapenos. Hell, all eaters should stay away if Pat and Sonya are there. Amazing eatfeat on Sunday!

  16. Blizzz said (Registered July 16, 2008)

    May 3, 2010 @ 2:30 pm

    Pat is certainly not self-centered. He’s a great guy, and like someone said above… if I had eaten that many jalapenos I would be talking about it too!

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

    May 3, 2010 @ 3:28 pm

    Pat certainly is a great guy. He and Sonya both are real stand-up people, and I would imagine they get along quite well.

    A couple of years ago Pat was miles the best jalapeno eater on the planet, since then he has gotten even better. Sonya was the distant second best pepper eater. But her rate of improvement in jalapenos over the past year approaches that of Joey in HDBs back in 2005 and 2006. That is nothing short of incredible, given how long she’s been in the CE game.

    Pat’s the reigning Jalapeno King, Sonya’s the throne-laden Queen, and theirs is a Jalapeno monarchy that will last for years, perhaps until they decide to retire.

    Yesterday, both Pat and Sonya would have thoroughly embarrassed anyone, and I do mean any one in that food.

    That contest epitomizes competitive eating at its best: intense, edge-of-your-seat interesting competition. Like the title of an early Kiss album, It rocked and rolled over!

  18. @*%# said

    May 3, 2010 @ 3:55 pm

    did any of you idiots consider that pat’s twitter messages to humble bob were a joke?

    also. for those of you that think that sonya should have won: does anyone care to explain what she was doing when she put jalapenos in her mouth AFTER george shea called time?

    and James. what kind of crack do you smoke that made you think that sonya was eating cleaner than pat.

  19. Warriors said

    May 3, 2010 @ 3:58 pm

    The videos are great. At one point during the contests some of the other eaters stop eating and just watch Sonya and Pat go at. It’s pretty funny to watch, as if one eater has a look on his face as if to say, “how the hell do they do that?” There few professionals that cause other pros to stop what they’re doing, and just watch in disbelief. I heard Nolan Ryan had that ability when he pitched. Sonya and Pat clearly have reached that level when it comes to peppers.

  20. Anonymous said

    May 3, 2010 @ 6:50 pm

    Pat had at least seven jalepenos alongside his plate at the end of regulation. I can see why Pat was complaining about her stuffing an extra couple of jalapenos in her mouth immediately after George said stop. She did. She shouldn’t have. So take them away from Sonya. She still won because Pat had 7 or 8 jalapenos removed from his total, because he didn’t bite close enough to the stem. They’re right there in the video for all to see, on the table near his plate. And they are big! A six pepper stuff by Sonya would not have equaled the among of jalapeno meat left by Pat.

    At the end of the second overtime Sonya finished first again. Pat keeps eating for at least two seconds after Sonya finishes and is declared the winner because he hit the table first with his hand and Sonya didn’t. That’s it in a nutshell.

  21. @*%# said

    May 3, 2010 @ 7:40 pm

    sonya clearly had peppers in her mouth when pat hit the table. even if sonya DID have them cleared from her mouth at the end of the second overtime, george clearly said before the eat off that the person had to hit the table once the peppers were cleared. is it pat’s fault that sonya didn’t understand the rules and didn’t hit the table? no. .

  22. Anonymous said

    May 3, 2010 @ 8:08 pm

    A third overtime and Pat would have to be rushed to the hospital at the 15 second mark.

  23. Anonymous said

    May 3, 2010 @ 8:25 pm

    Yep, that’s right, the food was in her mouth. Not out. She won.

  24. Agent 25 said

    May 3, 2010 @ 8:31 pm

    Agent 23 sleeps with the fishes.

  25. Gift Lover said

    May 3, 2010 @ 8:57 pm

    Santa visited San Antonio early

  26. BeenThereDoneThat said

    May 3, 2010 @ 9:49 pm

    I would like to see the results if they were required to eat the whole pepper not just the meat. Neither Sonya or Pat ate more than 3/4 of the peppers, and the judge never did a count on either of them. Apparently the only criteria for a pepper to be considered eaten was if it was no longer whole. I have competed in 20 – 30 jalapeno eating contest and the rules are you have to eat them clean only leaving the stems on the plate for a clean count. These two left huge piles of half chewed and mangled peppers on each plate and the judge (George) gave them full credit. This was not fair to the other contestants who ate clean. The judge warned them both several times about leaving so much on the plates. He said he was going to give them “demerits”. What the hell is that! They should have been warned once and then disqualified. I was there three feet from both Pat and Sonya and I know the tricks of the trade. The cups they were using should also have been checked. Both puked up into their hands and cups and that is grounds for disqualification. The real winners were the other contestants who ate clean. That is why the have real counts not mad up numbers. Pat definitely ate more than Sonya, but neither one of them came close to 225. I’d guess they ate closer to 140 – 160 without the seeds and juice. I’ll be in it next year. (heard about it too late and they wouldn’t let me compete). I will be practicing their methods all year. If it is going to be a free-for-all I better get the technique down. BTW – I have never competed in speed contests. I just found out about this. I do the endurance 30 min to an hour. I have eaten 76 in 10 minutes,55 in 15 and 103 in 30 minutes – all clean, leaving nothing but the stem. The numbers might not sound like much, but when you know you have to eat them all and hold them in for 30 min to an hour it is about pacing your self. I eat 30 to 40 in the first few minutes , check to see who bails and then settle in for the long haul. I have never lost. and I’ll be practicing for speed from now on.

  27. Anonymous said

    May 4, 2010 @ 4:30 am

    BTDT you speakum with forked tongue.

  28. Anonymous said

    May 4, 2010 @ 10:17 am

    Dear Beentheredonethat,

    If you’re gonna enter an IFOCE sanctioned event, you’ll know that there are clean eaters and there are messy eaters. You’re out of your realm to come on this forum and insult two of the classiest and most talented eaters in the world.

    Please enlighten us on you’re theory how eating 30-40 full peppers is that much different then eating 225 3/4 peppers? Yeah I’m sure Sonya and Pat would really “Bail” if they ate 160 full peppers compared to your 30-40. PLEASE!

    You sound like a whinny b!thch, which means you would fit it nicely with about half of the CE community who would rather complain about others and call foul rather step up their own game.

    I hope you compete next year, I really do, go ahead and eat 3/4 of the peppers hell eat even 1/4 of the peppers and watch your ass still get handed to you!

    ps – I’ve never lost in a nacho eating contest, sure the only person I ever eat against is my 8 year old son, but still I’m the Champ!

    Pat & Sonya are true warriors!

  29. Anonymous said

    May 4, 2010 @ 10:18 am

    first-to-finish format stinks. It never works right bcause people always slap the table before they’re done eating. George Shea should know that and use a better overtime format, an extra minute or two or three.

  30. Mega Munch said

    May 4, 2010 @ 10:39 am

    BeenThereDoneThat – You’ve competed in 20 to 30 jalepeno eating contests?! How do you still have a gastrointestinal tract?

  31. Warriors said

    May 4, 2010 @ 10:58 am

    Dear Been There Done That: I went to the Super Bowl this year, but they wouldn’t let me play. I practice throwing the ball through a tire at home and I can clearly hit the tire hole more times than Drew Brees can. Next year I’m going to participate in the Super Bowl and the starting quarterback is going to bail once he sees how good I can throw the ball. After that I’m going to participate in the World Series and the NBA championship, because I’ve seen those people play on tv and I know I can do better. I’m the best, especially at being a whiney, complaining bitch, who’s never competed at the professional level but is quick to criticize those who can.

  32. Anonymous said

    May 4, 2010 @ 11:12 am

    Another thing is that those jalapenos this year were some of the biggest I’ve ever seen. That further underscores the accomplishments of Pat and Sonya. BTDT, You ain’t been anywhere and you ain’t done nothin! I submit to you that either Pat or Sonya, take your pick, would triple your total in any j. pepper contest of any length. Even if they ate full sized ones and you hate baby jalapenos.

  33. Anonymous said

    May 4, 2010 @ 11:15 am

    That’s just Don being humorous. He wouldn’t even beat Erik Denmark after a year of training. He knows that.

  34. 'Don''Moses''Lerman said

    May 4, 2010 @ 11:36 am

    Anon 11:15 Not so. and thats all I’l say on the subject.

  35. anonymous said

    May 4, 2010 @ 11:37 am

    Don you talk a whole lot of shit. Give me 6 months give me a year. When that 6 months or a year comes around its the same old bullshit excuse. Well im on a diet right now. My health is not good . I need new caps. You are not competing anymore so why fool us and fool yourself. We heard that same redundant crap with wingbowl. If you were dead serious about beating Pat, you wouldnt need 3 months 6 months or whatever. You would do it now . No ifs and or butts You seem to get an enjoyment putting everyone on hold for an extended period of time so you could milk some kind of “what if” publicity.

  36. Steakbellie said (Registered August 11, 2006)

    May 4, 2010 @ 11:54 am

    You should make statements like that with your name so we know it’s you when you win! Sometimes there are more than one Jalapeno contest per year, so you should monitor or follow their twitter/FB. Be prepared to travel as it can be in almost any city.

    Sonya and Pat are pretty tough but I’ll bet in your first contest you could beat other pepper eaters like The Locust or Erik the Red.

    Good Luck!

  37. Steakbellie said (Registered August 11, 2006)

    May 4, 2010 @ 12:11 pm

    that was painful for me to even write. Erik & Rich even my fire-retardant colon bows before you.

  38. Erik the Red said (Registered January 9, 2006)

    May 4, 2010 @ 1:33 pm

    Steakbellie, I’ll bet he can’t. I mailed in 92 this year.

    BeenThereDoneThat, in Laredo, a 15 minute contest where they count every stem Pat ate 266, Sonya ate 169, and I ate 147 two years ago in Laredo in 15 minutes.

    Pat was actually deducted 7 peppers and Sonya was deducted 4 before OT was determined. But George demanded that both Pat and Sonya eat everything including the stem in the 2nd OT so that he could accurately determine a clear winner. They both ate the entire 25 peppers, stem included,and cleared them in around 45 seconds; that’s after eating 250 already.

    No matter what the format, you really have no shot.

  39. Anonymous said

    May 4, 2010 @ 1:47 pm

    And that’s coming from one of the top five jalapeno eaters on the planet, Erik The Red!

  40. Steakbellie said (Registered August 11, 2006)

    May 4, 2010 @ 1:47 pm

    I was trying to write that with a straight face but couldn’t. While probably a really good hot pepper/spicy food eater in his frat or whatever, he has no idea what it’s like to hang with the 4 of you in peppers.

    He could probably beat Wing Kong though, that guys a softie.

  41. Erik the Red said (Registered January 9, 2006)

    May 4, 2010 @ 2:00 pm

    Steak, seriously, no need to retract your comments, I just wanted to take your bet. But I see you are looking for a fight now.

  42. Anonymous said

    May 4, 2010 @ 2:03 pm


  43. Steakbellie said (Registered August 11, 2006)

    May 4, 2010 @ 2:21 pm

    WingKong is pretty illiterate so in the 2 hours it will take him to struggle through reading this thread of comments I will have run away.

  44. Warriors said

    May 4, 2010 @ 2:41 pm

    La Costena put together a video package of the entire contest. I’m disappointed that no one got the first overtime, I would of liked to have seen that. If there are any amateurs out there who caught it please post. The final comments of Pat in the Costena video is priceless when he has some serious acid reflux to close the video.

  45. WingKong said (Registered December 19, 2006)

    May 4, 2010 @ 2:41 pm

    Listen here Steakbelly, you can’t run from me, it took you 3+ hours to do 7 miles and a few little obstacles…As far as BeenThereDoneThat, there must be something wrong with you…Steak could double your number and he really isn’t that good at all…Your best bet is to watch what you have to say about Pat and Sonya, you couldn’t hold their stems…

  46. nunonabun2 said (Registered November 10, 2009)

    May 4, 2010 @ 3:31 pm

    I want to see Wing Kong and Steak in a boxing match. Winner gets to fight Erik with that long reach of his.

  47. WingKong said (Registered December 19, 2006)

    May 4, 2010 @ 4:20 pm

    Steak isn’t even a fight…Probably best for belly to let me skip right to ETR…

  48. Steakbellie said (Registered August 11, 2006)

    May 4, 2010 @ 4:45 pm

    Thats BS. Kong has starved all of the muscle out of his body and is as limp as an Art Fag. He jogs and works on a Macintosh computer. He has long hair and has opinions about books. I would tear off his head and crap down his neck.

  49. Anonymous said

    May 4, 2010 @ 4:50 pm

    I’d rather hear about real men.

  50. nunonabun2 said (Registered November 10, 2009)

    May 4, 2010 @ 5:11 pm

    I also hear he has no depth perception but he claws like hell. You might just be able to take him Steak. Yeah I hear you, all those damn Macs and guys with hair and that reading crap is for p******. What you think your better than me? What?

  51. Anonymous said

    May 4, 2010 @ 5:19 pm

    Steak would whip Kong like Wingador did Canseco.

  52. anonymous said

    May 4, 2010 @ 6:07 pm

    Let’s go to the stats: Wing Kong has long nappy pony-tailed hair and reads women magazines/books vs Steakbellie, the dress wearing fem who likes mud baths and kissing guys. Holy crap these two knuckleheads are annoying.

    The winner of that fight gets to take on the guy from Seattle who looks like he is always in a diabetic coma?

  53. Erik the Red said (Registered January 9, 2006)

    May 4, 2010 @ 8:28 pm

    I am in a diabetic coma right now, while typing!! I make miracles happen.

  54. WingKong said (Registered December 19, 2006)

    May 4, 2010 @ 8:57 pm

    The nappy hair is for “locks of love” try not to be an a$$ hole about it…But the woman’s magazines/books are to woo the ladies…

    Sorry a little humorous banter that may have taken away from anonymous BB, Rhonda, Ben Monson or general IFOCE bashing…Please continue with your regularly scheduled anonymous bashing you miserable anonymous’

  55. Gentleman Joe said (Registered December 8, 2005)

    May 4, 2010 @ 9:50 pm

    I’ve been in a FEW jalapeno eating contests, (undefeated) & its NOT something to look forward to.

    Sometimes its the pain during the contest (fresh jalapenos), sometimes its the after effects, (MANY painful trips to the bathroom) & once I seemingly damaged my tooth enamel from the brine? Thankfully that got better after a few days.

    If beentheredonethat has been in as many jalapeno eating contests as he says, he truly needs help.

    If you don’t have a legitimate chance of being in the $$$, do everyone a favor & hang in the crowd, not on the stage.

  56. anonymous said

    May 5, 2010 @ 12:14 am

    On a serious note you have to be out yur mind to compete in a contest of this nature . First off you can rupture your colon with the burning torture you are forced to endure while you sit on the toilet. You cant throw this shit up so dont even try

  57. A-Bomb said (Registered May 7, 2009)

    May 5, 2010 @ 8:01 am

    What’s that about “can’t throw this shit up”? I sure did:

    The detail in the 2nd pic is quite good.

  58. Agent 25 said

    May 5, 2010 @ 9:04 am


  59. nunonabun2 said (Registered November 10, 2009)

    May 5, 2010 @ 9:23 am

    How much hair do you have to have to donate it? I got a beard we could try maybe. Kong your right we need to get back to that book reading, baby eating Monson.

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

    May 5, 2010 @ 9:54 am

    Sonya’s speed has really picked up in the past couple of years, to the point she might possibly give GJoe a run for his money in short contests every now and then.

  61. Zombie said

    May 5, 2010 @ 10:08 am

    I don,t know Joe is fast.

  62. Newsflash said

    May 7, 2010 @ 10:31 am

    Sonya ate 45 or 43 jalapenos in under a minute on the NBC station in Washington yesterday. Not bad! Here’s the video:

  63. Anonymous said

    May 7, 2010 @ 11:29 am

    I think Furious Pete could do 100 in a minute.

  64. Anonymous said

    May 7, 2010 @ 11:33 am

    Pat and Sonya want no part of Pete in jalapenos. He would kill both of them.

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