Pat wins grits, Tim 2nd, Joey 3rd

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Louisiana Downs World Grits Eating Championship from Bossier City, LA (10 Minutes)

1. Pat Bertoletti 21 lb.
2. Tim “Eater X” Janus 20 lb.
3. Joey Chestnut 19 lb.
4. Sonya Thomas 18.5 lb.
5. Hall Hunt 15.5 lb.
6. Patrick Van Dam 13.5 lb.
7. Timm “the Intimidator” Dilling 5 lb.

I think this is the first time Tim has beaten Joey.

update has an article on the contest which lists the top 7 finishers. It also has a gallery

KATC also has an article

Comments (39)


  1. KevinRoss said

    September 29, 2007 @ 3:20 pm

    WOW. Now that is just pure straight amazing. When I see numbers like this, I’m absolutely humbled. There must have been a lot of jaws on the floor in the audience for this one.

  2. SyKoBOZO said (Registered September 17, 2007)

    September 29, 2007 @ 3:25 pm

    WOW,great job everyone,i wish i could have made it,but i had to cancel at the last minute,thats alot of grits…,where the grits hard or runny?..and if anyone has any video of this event please post it,thanks

  3. Farooq said

    September 29, 2007 @ 3:28 pm

    Look at those pondages. Had anyone told me beforehand that Hall Hunt would eat 15 pounds I would have thought that he would have won.


  4. The Sicilian said (Registered February 23, 2006)

    September 29, 2007 @ 3:32 pm

    Congrads to you Pat! When are you going to beat Joey and Kobyashi? I think it will be sooner than we thought in the past. What to go to win another one, representing Chicago again. And congrads to Tim for beating Joey as well! Nice Job Sonya and especially Hall. I wonder where the Locust, humble Bob, and Chip would have placed.

  5. Boone Fan said

    September 29, 2007 @ 4:41 pm

    and was it eating by spoon…………………………or chugging……………………………or shoveling in???????????

  6. Farooq said

    September 29, 2007 @ 5:11 pm

    Boone Fan it does not matter. Anything above 7 lbs is more than Dale can eat. These people doubled and tripled that, so Dale is less than a lightweight.

  7. anonymous said

    September 29, 2007 @ 6:39 pm

    i just read on BB site that Boone was kicked out of the AICE

  8. Boone Fan said

    September 29, 2007 @ 6:42 pm

    what did sonya get all pissy about this time???????????????????????? its gotta be somethin……………………..

  9. KevinRoss said

    September 29, 2007 @ 7:03 pm

    Patrick Vandam = my prediction for rookie of the year. I know nothing about this person beyond that he did well in BBQ sammiches and obviously has a very good capacity. Patrick, if you’re reading this, feel free to post and tell us something about yourself. Do you plan on entering more contests?

  10. Farooq said

    September 29, 2007 @ 7:37 pm

    Boone fan, you had better lay off Sonya or I will be square in your ass!

  11. Farooq said

    September 29, 2007 @ 7:57 pm

    I agree KR. PV is already kicking major butt!


  12. brad sciullo said

    September 29, 2007 @ 11:36 pm

    i was going to go but my not being 21 means the prize money was pointless and i couldent cover expenses or hang in the casino.wish i woulda been thier

  13. Bronson Fan said

    September 30, 2007 @ 8:46 am

    Good job Pat!!!!

  14. Philly Guy said

    September 30, 2007 @ 9:45 am


  15. Anonymous said

    September 30, 2007 @ 12:25 pm

    I don’t think anybody cares who was going to go and why he or she didn’t. I don’t why this information has been volunteered. Why?

  16. Good point said

    September 30, 2007 @ 1:18 pm

    Boring. this is getting so redundant and played out. Why dont we just concede the entire ifoce to three or four eaters . The eaters that finish way out of the money that cheer them on while not making a penny are the biggest saps in the entire organization

  17. Intimmidator said

    September 30, 2007 @ 9:24 pm

    Pat Van Dam said he will be in the Waffle eating contest in Dallas on the 7th. He sure suprised me. Way to go Pat!!
    . . . Major props to Harrah’s. They really know how to take care of people.
    Oh and Good Point. . . It’s not about the money, this is a sport where you try to prove to yourself that you can do better each and every time you take your place in front of the plate. The more experienced eaters give you a goal to be reached, and it’s your job to have the drive to push yourself to achieve that goal. I had the opportunity to meet and hang out with some of the top eaters, what I learned from them is that they are not in it for the money or for the fame. They are out to prove to themselves, and those of us who want to encourage them, that they can become the best athlete in the sport of competitive eating. This is not like any other sport where you throw a fit for a $40 million contract and then have a crappy season. In this sport, if you want to win some money, you have to win to make that money. Why would you refer to those who finish out of the money saps? As I mentioned before, some eaters have different goals in mind. For instance, my personal goal is to be able to pull up a plate next to the number one eater in the world. To me, that is the highest honor in the world. I also know that in order to accomplish this goal, I have to work hard. Sap? No. I think a more appropriate word would be Rookie.

  18. Mega Munch said

    October 1, 2007 @ 7:15 am

    Wow, how’d I miss this story. Must have gotten buried beneath all the news about Gal Sone’s new hair do. 21 pounds is amazing. And the fact that X was right on his heels…just as awesome. Good job to all.

  19. Rhonda Evans said

    October 1, 2007 @ 8:03 am

    Pat Bertoletti in the eating “Monster of the Midway.” I thought Sonya had unbelievable capacity, and she does, but Pat, Tim, Joey, Hll, and Pat Van Dam are all ANIMALS!

    Sonya has now eaten 18 .5 % of her body weight in less than 10 minutes. Is there documentation anywhere that specifies anyone ever consuming as much food of any kind in as short an amount of time?

    I would say that Sonya has put the “Gluttonous Queen” conjecture to rest for at least another year or two.

  20. Rhonda Evans said

    October 1, 2007 @ 8:23 am

    Good Point, I can hear and feel your pain and I partially, but not fully, agree. If it were not for these top eaters doing as well as they do, CE, as we know it, would not be the same. When they excel, the sport benefits and gets noticed.

    Also, remember, a couple of years ago Bertoletti was ranked # 40 and got drubbed at most every contest, and at the time of last year’s U.S. Open, Hall Hunt was ranked # 50, and took even worse shellackings.

    Well … look at them now!

    This just goes to show how any “average” “Joe” can rise like the proverbial Phoeniz from the ashes in competitive eating. All it takes is a mixture of faith in yourself, a small bit of talent, an eagerness to learn, and a very strong desire to excel.

    But, if your goals are simply to get with the “good ol’ boys, laugh, have fun over a bite to eat through friendly picnic-style competition, and put enough jingle in your pocket for a future foray into McDonalds or the Red Lobster, then the AICE is likely the best ticket.

    I say this not to be smart or a jerk, but let’s face it, that’s what makes some people happy, and if that’s so, how can one argue?

  21. Mega Munch said

    October 1, 2007 @ 9:46 am

    Good point Rhonda. I think we all know what it takes to succeed in the IFOCE (i.e. make more than just Red Lobster money). The question is, how many of us are willing to make that sacrifice?

  22. Anonymous said

    October 1, 2007 @ 10:33 am

    Rhonda, I thought you knew stuff.

    Pat wasn’t ranked was 40th. He was ranked 49th.
    Hall wasn’t ranked 50th. He was ranked 43rd.

    Shirota ate 38 hot dogs in 2004. Not 37.

  23. idiots! said

    October 1, 2007 @ 11:17 am

    Poundage is an incorrect measure of stomach capacity.

    Volume would be preferable.

  24. I am tired said

    October 1, 2007 @ 11:21 am

    See this is what i mean. Trivial bullshit about how many lbs of grits Tim ate or Sonya ate or arguing over the time Pat was ranked 40th . Who the fuck cares. You have businessmen stealing the images and rights of other eaters and this is the only shit you care about?. God bless you Rhonda Evans . you should be working for sheacommunictions or become an analyst for the sport/ The love people like you that focus’s on anything but the conniving scehming ways they have screwed the eaters with over the years

  25. liz said

    October 1, 2007 @ 11:28 am

    21 POUNDS?? Oh my god! Congratulations are truly in order. Great job!

  26. Rhonda Evans said

    October 1, 2007 @ 12:10 pm

    Anonymous from 10:33: You’re right about Shirota, my mistake. It was 38, because he finished six ahead of Sonya that year. It’s good you are able to point out that particular error. I always like Shirota and I smack my mouth for shortchanging him. He’s a nice guy too.

    However, I can tell you for a fact that at one point in the approximate time period I pointed out, those rankings I listed are correct. I sort of believe I just might know better than most, though I don’t know why I insist on believing that. I just do.

    But does it matter? The point is that both of those eaters ascended the ranks from low positions, and it’s committment and associated attributes that make them special.

    If you hang your hat of an ego on waiting in ambush so once in a while you can chime in to prove “your worth,” then it’s a sad state of affairs for you.

    I bet if the truth is known, you are either an eating “has been,” still trying to cling to the glory days — and you do it in exactly the wrong way — or an eater wannabe who never was. Either way, I feel sorry for you.

    Hang in there though, as life will get better for you if you develop an assortment of interests. CE is one of many for me, and fact-wide, I’m probably not half-bad.

  27. Rhonda Evans said

    October 1, 2007 @ 12:15 pm

    Please explain the difference between poundage and volume. Comparatively speaking, I’m in elementary school here and I just don’t understand as well as most.

    Help me out, becauue I’m still a neonate in the sport and want to learn all I can from folks like the idiot who had the guts to use a most accurate descriptor for his user name. I admire that.

  28. Rhonda Evans said

    October 1, 2007 @ 12:21 pm

    Hey I am tired, yeah, those guys at Shea Communications and I get in bed quite often over lots of issues. They’re upstanding guys in multiple ways.

    What else would you like to hear?

  29. anonymous said

    October 1, 2007 @ 12:43 pm

    Kevin Ross why dont you come clean and tell everyone you ate 20 krystals instead of 30. I was there i saw the miscount so fess up ok?

  30. I love Kevin Ross said

    October 1, 2007 @ 1:28 pm

    how can20 to 30 be a miscount……………..arent the trays 20?????????????????? that should be an easy count………..

  31. Whore! said

    October 1, 2007 @ 2:50 pm

    Two bowling balls are the same size… one weighs 8lbs, one weighs 16lbs… however, their volume is the same.

    So, if I ate an 8lb bowling ball, and Pat B. ate a 16lb bowling ball, whose stomach capacity would be deemed greater?

  32. Anonymous said

    October 1, 2007 @ 2:57 pm

    No, Rhonda. You are wrong. You are 100% wrong.

    But Pat was also ranked 50th. But you did not say that either.

  33. KevinRoss said

    October 1, 2007 @ 3:23 pm

    I’m sick of responding to anonymous posters. . .especially ones that are making wild, false accusations. . .my only reply will be that I ate 30 fair and square (burgers that is). I’m no cheat!

  34. Rhonda Evans said

    October 1, 2007 @ 3:35 pm

    You have the right idea Intimidator. I keep thinking back to what “Crazy Legs” Conti said years ago, which Sonya has quoted on her site several times also, as it is a most profound, yet simple statement: “If you can afford lunch, ” you can become a competitive eater!”

    What that means to me is that it doesn’t matter what race, background, or socioeconomic status you have. CE is for everybody. It doesn’t discriminate. And if you work hard enough, and if you want it bad enough dreams do come true.

    And, you know what, just about being the number one eater in the world either. Everyone has a niche in competitive eating. Crazy Legs, Sonya, Joey, Pat, B, Kevin Carr, Beautiful Brian, Dave Shoffner, Pat (from Moonachie), Gentleman Joe, Koby, Steakbellie, Eater X, and even Dale Boone, for example, have all found theirs. They’re all different and all but one is number 1.

    Just remember that and have fun. Also, remember that it’s the journey that makes it all worthwhile, not the goal, for the goal means finality, but the journey is perpetual. 🙂

  35. Rhonda Evans said

    October 1, 2007 @ 3:37 pm

    Kevin ignore such jerks. Anybody that knows you at all knows your reputation is intact.

  36. Anonymous said

    October 1, 2007 @ 4:20 pm

    Rhonda, why are you ignoring the issue of the rankings for Bertoletti and Hunt?

  37. I love Kevin Ross said

    October 1, 2007 @ 5:02 pm

    probably because it really does not matter…………………

  38. Anonymous said

    October 1, 2007 @ 5:24 pm

    Probably because she has a life.

  39. Anonymous said

    October 1, 2007 @ 7:07 pm

    Rhonda doesn’t have a life. She just pretends to.

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