Chestnut Loses Chicken Wing Crown; Kobayashi Comeback Falls Short

If there's a given in a sport that involves the stomach, it is the upset.

Spiky-haired Patrick "Deep Dish" Bertoletti turned the world of competitive eating on its head by beating champion Joey Chestnut and holding off a comeback by Takeru Kobayashi to win the chicken wing "Chowdown" for Spike TV last night (Tuesday).

Wriggling his body and gnashing his teeth, the 22-year-old downed 4.1 pounds of chicken meat in eight minutes flat in front of a cheering crowd in downtown Las Vegas to win the $25,000 purse.

Chestnut wolfed 4.05 pounds for second while Kobayashi came third for inhaling 3.12 pounds.

Bertoletti, who came into the event ranked 3rd by the International Federation of Competitive Eating, said he used his thumb to squish meat off the bone for speedy ingestion, using the "umbrella technique."

He credited the Buffalo Wild Wings staff for preparing a tasty meal, saying the wings were "warm enough" and "soft enough."


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