Joey Chestnut Aims to Take the Cake

Big eater goes for another win Saturday

By Jessica Greene
|  Friday, Apr 10, 2009  |  Updated 1:37 PM PDT
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San Jose's Joey Chestnut Stomachs Another Win

Chestnut will stuff his face Saturday for a chance to go down in competitive eating history as the first champ of the funnel cake.

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The world's number one pigout professional is coming home to the Bay Area for a chance to add another win to his menu of sucess.

Joey Chestnut, of competitive eating fame, will belly up to the table at Great America in Santa Clara on Saturday at the first ever World Funnel Cake Eating Championship.

The San Jose State grad will go up against 14 other big eaters for a chance at the new title and $5,000.

The king of the clean plate club started his epic eating career in 2005 by winning the deep fried asparagus eating contest in Stockton and catapulted to international fame after eating 66 hot dogs in 12 minutes to defeat Japanese eating legend Takeru Kobayashi on the 4th of July.

While he is favored to win the funnel challenge, Chestnut will have touch competition in archrival, 2nd-ranked Pat “Deep Dish” Bertoletti, a mohawked chef from Chicago who recently upset Chestnut at a St. Patrick’s Day corned beef eating contest.

With a nickname like Jaws, it's clear Chestnut has an appetite for victory.

Saturday's contest starts at 1 p.m.

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