Chicagoan Snags 2nd in Hot Dog Eating Contest

Pat "Deep Dish" Bertoletti eats 53 hot dogs in 10 minutes

It was just another day at the office Monday for Chicago's Pat "Deep Dish" Bertoletti as he downed 53 hot dogs in 10 minutes.

Unfortunately that was only good for second place, as Joey "Jaws" Chestnut wolfed down 62 hot dogs and buns, winning the popular Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island, New York.

It's the latest accomplishment for Bertoletti, who works as a chef for Jewell Events Catering, and is the No. 2 ranked competitive eater in the world.

He owns a number of world records, and his personal bests include:

  • 28 peanut butter and banana sandwiches in 10 minutes
  • Eating 13.5 oz of ice cream in 30 sec (Guinness record)
  • 3 Mars bars in 1 min (Guinness record)
  • 5lbs of pickles in 5 minutes (world record)

Bertoletti told the Chicago Tribune that he trained for the competition using a high carb diet with minimal calories, and did three hot dog practices a week with no food at all on the off days.

Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas chowed her way to victory in the first women-only contest, eating 40 hot dogs, one shy of her 2009 total.

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