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Sunday, 30 September, 2007

Grit-Eating Champ

I don't think I could eat even one ounce: Bertoletti captures 'world grits' title.

Yankees beat out Southerners for the top spots in what was billed as the first World Grits Eating Championship at Louisiana Downs on Saturday.

Pat Bertoletti, a mohawk-sporting chef from Chicago, gulped down 21 pounds of buttery, goopy blandness in 10 minutes to win $4,000.

The grits were presented in 2-pound trays, each about 8 inches by 6 inches and 1 inches deep, said Ryan Nerz, a spokesman for Major League Eating. He said he half expected to see Bertoletti, one of the top gobblers on the competitive eating circuit, topple over.

Bertoletti, in a statement, said the competition "tested our stomach capacity like no other."