Chicagoan beats No. 1 competitive eater

September 3, 2009 12:30:38 PM PDT
Pat 'Deep Dish' Bertoletti has dethroned the top-ranked competitive eater at the Best in the West Nugget World Rib Eating Championship in Nevada. Bertoletti, of Chicago, beat Joey Chestnut on Wednesday by eating 5.8 pounds of ribs in 12 minutes. Chestnut lost by one-tenth of a pound.

The contest was the fourth annual in Sparks, Nevada. Twelve people competed.

Chestnut, of San Jose, Calif., is ranked No. 1 in the International Federation of Competitive Eating. Bertoletti is ranked No. 2.

Bertoletti had not eaten since Tuesday. He won $2,500 and a trophy.