Pat Bertoletti defeats Joey in CT ribs reports that Pat Bertoletti defeated Joey Chestnut at the rib contest at the Ash Creek Saloon in Fairfield, CT today.

update The Daily Southtown has a profile of Bertoletti from before the ribs co ntest

update #2 The Stamford Advocate also has an article about the contest.

Comments (60)


  1. fanatic313 said (Registered June 8, 2007)

    August 25, 2007 @ 9:28 pm

    congrats on the win pat

  2. Wild Bill said (Registered September 19, 2006)

    August 25, 2007 @ 9:46 pm

    Results (I am missing 2 people that ate – a Glen somebody and an unknown):

    1.) Pat Bertoletti – 6.06 lbs
    2.) Joey Chestnut – 5.53 lbs
    3.) Bob Shoudt – 4.91 lbs
    4.) Tim Janus – 4.73 lbs
    5.) Juliet Lee – 3.94 lbs
    6.) Chris Abatsas – 3.71 lbs
    7.) James Rosetti (local) – 3.5 lbs – Well done!
    8.) Pat Bruss – 3.175 lbs
    9.) Pete Miernicki 2.6 lbs
    10.) Paul Gora (local) – 2.47 lbs
    11.) Jordan Palmer (local) – 2.28 lbs
    12.) William Myers – 2.16 lbs
    13.) Crazy Legs Conti – 2.14 lbs
    14.) The Punisher (wrestler?) – 1.9 lbs
    15.) Mike Springer (local) – 1.8 lbs
    16.) Brian Generous – 1.13 lbs

  3. Anonymous said

    August 25, 2007 @ 9:59 pm

    Wasn’t Russ Keeler there?

  4. mike landrich said

    August 25, 2007 @ 10:41 pm

    Congrats to Pat. Well done

  5. Jake from SF said

    August 25, 2007 @ 10:43 pm

    Wow… what’s up with Conti? Was he sick. Only 2.14 lbs and he let a whole bunch of locals beat him up?

  6. Square Meal said

    August 26, 2007 @ 12:38 am

    Russ Keeler was there and he was GREAT! GoooooRuss!

  7. Gentleman Joe said

    August 26, 2007 @ 4:35 am

    I don’t normally congratulate a winner just for winning, but I think this is special circumstance.

    Pat, congrats on beating the listed #1 eater in the world. The way the rankings have gone (especially since I think this is the 2nd time you’ve beaten Joey) you should be listed as the worlds #1 eater.

    If ranked accurately Kobe would still be #1, Joey # 2 & you # 3 but given what whores the people who run your organization are, they… won’t move you at all.

  8. Anonymous said

    August 26, 2007 @ 4:53 am

    Congratulations Pat. What happened with the worlds Number 1 eater?


  9. Anonymous said

    August 26, 2007 @ 5:40 am

    Why were the totals so low? Was it beef jerky?


  10. Anonymous said

    August 26, 2007 @ 8:08 am

    The totals were low due to the heat. The temp was only about 92, but the heat index made it feel like 105

  11. Anonymous said

    August 26, 2007 @ 9:09 am

    Watch that will probably be the same excuse used for the low totals in Chattanooga. At least in the south it would be more valid.


  12. Carey said

    August 26, 2007 @ 9:10 am

    Congratulations Pete! Nice totals, representing PA!

  13. Anonymous said

    August 26, 2007 @ 9:16 am

    Between Koby and Pat, Joey will get his ass kicked several more times in just the next two months. If Joeys number 1, then Koby is 1/4 and Pat is 1/2.


  14. RussK said (Registered February 3, 2007)

    August 26, 2007 @ 9:46 am

    I was there. Two contest in a row that someone dropped the ball. Looks like another Shoo Fly Pie incident.

  15. Square Meal said

    August 26, 2007 @ 9:52 am

    Russ Keeler ate 3.4lbs in the 12minute competition….we did’t forget about you Russ;-) You came in 8th Place.

  16. Anonymous said

    August 26, 2007 @ 11:38 am

    Jake get off Crazy Legs ass. He is smart because once you realize you cant come in the top three why should an eater suffer and stick a bunch of crap in his body for nothing? Pride doesnt pay back anything.


  17. RussK said (Registered February 3, 2007)

    August 26, 2007 @ 11:41 am

    I think the real winner was the Kim and Tim Donnelly Music Scholarship Fund at Fairfield University. That is where the proceeds from the event were going.

    Three guys who should get recognition are Jim Rosetti, Paul Gora, and Jordon Palmer, who bid in an auction befor the contest to eat with the pros.

    I believe Roseti’s winning bid was $115 and Gora and Palmer’s were $275.

    So to these three guys, let me just say I applaud you.

  18. Wild Bill said (Registered September 19, 2006)

    August 26, 2007 @ 11:42 am

    Russ was indeed there – an oversight on my part. I will see if I can get a number for him; he was definitely in the top ten.

  19. Wild Bill said (Registered September 19, 2006)

    August 26, 2007 @ 11:49 am

    Well said, Russ.

  20. Wild Bill said (Registered September 19, 2006)

    August 26, 2007 @ 3:13 pm

    Corrected results (Sorry Russ!):

    1.) Pat Bertoletti – 6.06 lbs
    2.) Joey Chestnut – 5.53 lbs
    3.) Bob Shoudt – 4.91 lbs
    4.) Tim Janus – 4.73 lbs
    5.) Juliet Lee – 3.94 lbs
    6.) Chris Abatsas – 3.71 lbs
    7.) James Rosetti (local) – 3.5 lbs – Well done!
    8.) Russ Keeler – 3.4 lbs
    9.) Pat Bruss – 3.175 lbs
    10.) Pete Miernicki 2.6 lbs
    11.) Paul Gora (local) – 2.47 lbs
    12.) Jordan Palmer (local) – 2.28 lbs
    13.) William Myers – 2.16 lbs
    14.) Crazy Legs Conti – 2.14 lbs
    15.) The Punisher (wrestler?) – 1.9 lbs
    16.) Mike Springer (local) – 1.8 lbs
    17.) Brian Generous – 1.13 lbs

  21. Anonymous said

    August 26, 2007 @ 3:16 pm

    The Punisher (The Hangman) got punished.


  22. Anonymous said

    August 26, 2007 @ 3:18 pm

    All Ive got to say is they all had better be glad that sonya was elsewhere or it could have been embarrassing fot the guys and then what would that do for the rankings


  23. Liz said

    August 26, 2007 @ 5:22 pm

    Wow! Congrats, Pat! That’s big stuff.

  24. Mega Munch said

    August 26, 2007 @ 8:00 pm

    Awesome job to the Hooligan team leader, Pat. Also good job to Pete for showing an old vet like Crazy Legs how it’s done.

  25. The_Hangman said (Registered August 30, 2006)

    August 26, 2007 @ 8:42 pm

    Anonymous said,
    August 26, 2007 @ 3:16 pm

    The Punisher (The Hangman) got punished.

    Correction to luther:
    The punisher is not this “The Hangman” who posts here.

  26. Bronson Fan said

    August 27, 2007 @ 10:07 am

    Good job Pat!!!!

  27. Anonymous said

    August 27, 2007 @ 11:40 am

    So now I guess Koby will get dropped to number 3 and Pat will be moved up in front of Joey because after all Koby lost only once and gets dropped to # 2 and he has only lost once in his entire life to an American eater so how can Joey still be number one, having lost twice to a lower ranked eater in the past 6 months?


  28. Wild Bill said (Registered September 19, 2006)

    August 27, 2007 @ 11:52 am

    Apparently I can’t read handwriting properly… the “official” results from IFOCE:

    Bob Shoubt–4.91lbs
    Tim X Janus–4.73 lbs
    Juliet Lee–3.94 lbs
    Mad Greek–3.71lbs
    James Rosetti–3.5lbs
    Russ Keeler–3.4lbs
    Pat Bruss–3.175lbs
    Crazy Legs–2.75lbs
    Pete Merinecki–2.6lbs
    Paul Gorra–2.47 lbs
    Jordan Palmer–2.28
    Glen Bensey–2.19lbs
    Bill Meyers–2.16lbs
    The Punisher–1.9 lbs
    Mike Springer–1.8lbs
    Brian Generous–1.3lbs

  29. Jake from SF said

    August 27, 2007 @ 2:57 pm

    Just to clarify I was not hatin’ on Crazy Legs. I just was wondering if there was something up because his original posted total was so much lower than what people expect of him. Seeing the corrected results he seems to be at least more around when he should be (though on the lower end still). Luther, you are lecturing me, but at the same time you are bashing the hangman who wasn’t even at the CE event. Layoff luther… all you do is give an opinion that everybody ignores. Oh’ and congrats to Pat, Joey and everyone else.

  30. Anonymous said

    August 27, 2007 @ 4:10 pm

    I think the most notable performance was the one by the mad greek. Good job.


  31. KevinRoss said

    August 27, 2007 @ 5:12 pm

    I agree with you Luther that Mad Greek did a great job, but I think the most notable peformance was from this James Rosetti character. Anytime a local is right up there with the more experienced pros is a pretty impressive accomplishment. Rosetti clearly has some natural talent.

  32. Rhonda Evans said

    August 28, 2007 @ 10:40 am

    No surprises that Pat defeated Joey. I predicted it last week in another thread. Pat Bertoletti is on a roll, and he deserves to be the #1-ranked eater in America. However, he’s not, and probably never will be, only because the most weighted contests (Nathan’s and Krystals) are both sandwich foods, in which dunking strategy is paramount. Joey has it figured out … totally!

    The 5-second dunking rule needs to be abolished or changed; it’s too long of a time period! After 5 seconds a bun submerged in liquid becomes half-dissolved, and what’s left after a full 4 or 5 seconds is something way less than solid food.

    It is my personal opinion (which is not worth a plugged nickel, I know) that if an eater wants to dunk his or her food, then the container of liquid that the food is dunked in needs to be drunk/eaten too. But even then, how do you account for the water that has splashed out of the cup? You can’t.

    So no dunking would solve all the problems, and it would be a truer reflection of real eating talent. And Joey would win a bit less often; Pat would defeat him most of the time.

    Just in the past year, for example:
    He (Joey) lost meatballs (to H. Bob and Sonya) — no dunking.
    He lost jalapeno peppers (to Pat) — no dunking.
    He lost ribs (to Pat) — no dunking.

    And if Pat B is at the Ribs contest later in the week, Pat will beat him again. Pat is truly the best eater in the U.S. right now, hands down. But what will happen is that the rankings will not be changed until after Krystals, a food at which Joey will likely finish ahead of Pat, and given the importance of the contest, Joey will still be ranked ahead of Pat, even if Joey has beaten him in 2/3 of the contests since Nathan’s.

    That’s not fair and this needs to be examined further.

  33. Rhonda Evans said

    August 28, 2007 @ 10:53 am

    The second to last sentence of the last post should read “…even if Pat has beaten him (Joey) in 2/3 of the contests since Nathan’s.

    Sorry for the mistake.

  34. SuperPaulBoneBreakerBMB said

    August 28, 2007 @ 11:00 am

    That’s way too much thinking, and sort of resembles algebra….ACK!!…take a deep breath, now let it out….Everything is going to be alright…..besides, you’re making me hungry

  35. Carey said

    August 28, 2007 @ 11:23 am

    Rhonda, I agree with the dunking rule. Does anyone even come close to dunking that long? Who was it that made it necessary for this rule in the first place? Also, the drinking of the water is a good idea. The splashing shouldn’t be a problem since it is mostly water falling on the table, and the crumbs that are already on the table get scrutinized after the contest anyway. The only shady thing I could see happening is an eater knocking his water over.

  36. Rhonda Evans said

    August 28, 2007 @ 11:28 am

    Hey SP! Good job with the peppers.

  37. Anonymous said

    August 28, 2007 @ 11:56 am

    RHONDA IS RETARDED! Dunking is good for the sport. There is nothing unfair about it.

  38. Rhonda Evans said

    August 28, 2007 @ 12:32 pm

    Anonymous, you must have been looking in a mirror when you wrote your comments. Evidently, I hit a nerve. Post more like responses and I’ll hit your nerve with a hammer shot!

    Either you are an eater who cannot survive without H2O immersion or you are close to someone of the like.

  39. Anonymous said

    August 28, 2007 @ 12:35 pm

    When a person dunks, she is drinking the water because the food absorbed the water. Why should that person have to drink more water?

  40. Rhonda Evans said

    August 28, 2007 @ 12:39 pm

    Carey, I must honestly say I value any eater’s, well, most eaters’ opinion more than mine, because I’m simply (a very devoted) armchair QB. But how I feel is how I feel. Dunking is also very, very messy and it’s unnatural.

    I say, eat food using the natural, routine methodology that was intended. Plenty of people, for example, “normally” dunk donuts in coffee, so that’s okay. But I’ve never been to a dinner or a baseball game where people dunk hot dogs in water before eating them.

    I am in the AICE camp on that one. Evidently, you’re not, and that’s okay. We need differences of opinion in all organizations.

  41. Philly Guy said

    August 28, 2007 @ 12:51 pm

    The rule is in reguards to eaters who used to use dunk tanks. They had bowls filled with water they’d put the food in i.e. fries.

  42. Anonymous said

    August 28, 2007 @ 12:53 pm

    RHONDA everything you say IS RETARDED.

  43. Anonymous said

    August 28, 2007 @ 12:54 pm

    Rhonda is Oj

  44. KevinRoss said

    August 28, 2007 @ 1:05 pm

    Dunking is completely fair since everyone is allowed to do it.

    However, I wouldn’t exactly complain if they got rid of dunking because I think there is nothing nastier in the world than soggy bread. But that will never happen because the public likes seeing big numbers and no dunking would reduce the amount of bread type food eaten by quite a lot.

  45. Soggy Eater said

    August 28, 2007 @ 1:32 pm

    Dunking is good for CE the way steroids are good for baseball. It raises the numbers but loses fans. I dunk because I would be I would eat less than I would with dry food. I’ve seen eaters who have dunked until the buns get lost in their drinks. About 10 buns found in a gallon of punch resulted in a 2 hot dog deduction.
    My wife and several of my friends can’t watch CE because the wet food is disgusting.
    If we ban dunking, we will level the playing field and increase our fan base.

  46. Rhonda Evans said

    August 28, 2007 @ 1:50 pm

    O.J we’ve really got some of them fooled. 🙂

  47. Rhonda Evans said

    August 28, 2007 @ 2:02 pm

    Anon, 12:53: There you go talking into the mirror again. If you want to play slam dance I will be glad to accommodate you. You picked the wrong day!

    I mean no disrespect to Joey in all this. He is the third best eater in all the world, among the best eaters in history. So there is no shame. I’m saying facts are facts. Look at what happened the ONLY time he competed against Koby in a non-dunking contest–brats: the winning margin was a dozen. A damned dozen!

    Take the H2O away from Joey, and he descends from that bogus # 1 cloud that he currently rents and becomes only super, instead of near supernatural. That’s a complement.

    Also, the Sheas like him being at # 1. So, don’t worry. He’ll likely stay there for awhile, until they realize that the bucks don’t come in as plentifully with his dwelling there, as opposed to someone really worthy. Pat, has his number. Koby always has had it.

  48. Anonymous said

    August 28, 2007 @ 2:06 pm


  49. Rhonda Evans said

    August 28, 2007 @ 2:11 pm

    Soggy Eater you are right. A person not only desecrates (most) food when he/she dunks it, it’s dang outright gross. CE would certainly sell more as a tolerable sport.

    Also, in longer contests, the totals between dunking and not dunking food would be little different, because waterlogged food helps with speed, but it significantly taxes stomach capacity.

  50. Carey said

    August 28, 2007 @ 2:28 pm

    Anonymous isn’t an eater because he would have understood the point about all the bun debris in the water and not ask why you should have to drink it. Either that or he is the retarded one. If you don’t agree with something, tell us why you don’t agree. Calling names is just juvenile.

  51. anonymous said

    August 28, 2007 @ 4:20 pm

    Oj is either Sonya’s friend Hank or Rona. I stongly lean toward Hank. Rhonda is either Rona, Sonya or Hank. Seems like Rona to me.

  52. Mega Munch said

    August 28, 2007 @ 9:18 pm

    And who might “Anonymous” be?

  53. Philly Guy said

    August 28, 2007 @ 11:39 pm

    I admit it. I’m Rhonda. Or am I?

  54. Rhonda Evans said

    August 29, 2007 @ 8:07 am

    Philly Guy and I are a Rhonda Evans Tag Team. OK PG, it’s your turn to take the reins. 🙂

    As far as accusing Ms Rona Conti or Sonya of being me or O.J. Let me say this: Those jackasses who believe that are as full of s**t as a Christmas Turkey.

    Now, if any of you know anything at all about Ms Conti’s or Sonya’s personality, you know that neither of them would ever, in 100 years, say something in that tone or using those words, especially on the omnivisible Internet.

    If you still think I’m pulling your leg, then it’s time to either change your medication, or begin a doctor-prescribed regimen with some.

  55. Carey said

    August 29, 2007 @ 9:29 am

    interesting phrase there, Rhonda. Now, usually I use a bread crumb stuffing for my turkey, but perhaps your recipe might keep the bird from drying out a bit.

  56. anonymous said

    August 29, 2007 @ 10:00 am

    Unless Conti’s mom has a split personality i find it hard to believe that her and Rhonda are one and the same. However their text is quite similar . Rhonda has a harder edge to her commentary than Rona which leads us to believe they cannot be one and the same . This along with the Rhonda’s vast info on the AICE , Pat Bertoletti and other eaters a subject in which Rona Conti has very little knowledge of .

  57. Rhonda Evans said

    August 29, 2007 @ 10:11 am

    Carey, I’m sure your stuffing is much better. The filling I alluded to tastes like crap.

  58. Rhonda Evans said

    August 29, 2007 @ 12:16 pm

    Does anyone know who will be competing in the Nevada ribs contest today? I read that it doesn’t happen until 9:00 PM E.S.T. The boys will surely be hungry by then.

  59. Rhonda Evans said

    August 29, 2007 @ 12:25 pm

    Nevermind, I found at least part of the answer to my own question:

    Not only do I love Pat Bertoletti’s statement, I wholeheartedly believe him. Wait and see!

  60. Rhonda Evans said

    August 29, 2007 @ 1:10 pm

    By the way, here’s how the eaters will finish at Las Vegas Ribs:

    1. Pat Bertoletti
    2. Joey Chestnut
    3. Chip Simpson OR Rich LeFevre

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