SPARKS, Nev. -- Professional eater Joey Chestnut defended his title Wednesday afternoon at the Best in the West Nugget World Rib Eating Championship in Sparks. Chestnut got "World Champion" bragging rights and the $5,000 prize when he downed over eight pounds of pork rib meat. Last year he eat 7.6 pounds.
The difference between a professional eater like Chestnut and an amateur was made clear by how much local favorite - and KOLO 8 News Now editor - Drake Nelson ate. He consumed just over two pounds during the 12-minute contest. That might sound like a lot of rib meat, but you can see from last year's winning amount, it's less than half of what the professionals can put away.
Major League Eating (MLE), the governing body of all stomach-centric sports, hosted the seventh annual Best in the West Nugget World Rib Eating Championships.
The Rib Cook-Off continues in Sparks' Victorian Square through Monday (11am-9pm through Sunday, 11am-5pm on Monday).