"It is possible to die from eating. But I think to be professional means you don't die." (Takeru Kobayashi)

Tuesday, September 18, 2007


This past weekend in Chicago, it finally happened. The IFOCE officially ran out of food.

In the La Costeña “Feel the Heat” Jalapeño Peppers Contest, organizers had to stop the event 90 seconds early at 6 minutes and 30 seconds because the table had officially eaten everything the sponsor had. To be fair, that probably happens a lot when Pat Bertolleti is around. According to the official tally obtained by Wild Bill, a total of 1,172 jalapenos were eaten in less time than it takes to listen to Metallica's anti-war ode, One. Over 200 of those by Mr. Bertolleti himself (he was later credited with 191 after judges discounted several peppers deemed "not clean enough").

The competitive eating world is up in arms over this latest gaff. Hard to say how it happened. Most of us know the IFOCE judges and emcees (in this case, Ryan Nerz) are usually pretty squared away and end up putting on a great show overall. Every now and then something like this happens.

So how do we prevent it from happening again? It's a good question. The simple answer is "order more food." That's true, in hindsight, but how much "more" do you order? If you're Ryan Nerz and the sponsor calls you and asks, "How many XYZ's should we bring for tomorrow's contest?", what mathmatical method do you use to arrive at an answer?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

you estimate the average of what the top two eaters will consume and then multiply it by the number of spots at the table. It doesn't matter if you have too much food. You can always give it away.

4:04 PM

Blogger Mega Munch said...

Interesting. That would definitely allow for enough food. But using the "15 Bertoletti's Formula" seems like it would yield way too many leftovers. Is there a middle ground?

8:33 PM

Blogger Carey said...

ow about they take the totals of all the eaters from now on, so that they know how many total items are eaten, and supply 10% extra the next contest. Some increase more than that, many stay the same, some perform worse than last year.

8:48 AM

Blogger Mega Munch said...

That seems like a good formula. It works for contests that have been done in the past. New contests with new food items are a different issue though.

2:05 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

that's not a good idea because the lineups change. Look at Shoo Fly Pie this year. If they had based their supply on the 2006 lineup, they would have been in trouble. Just make tons extra. You can always give it away to the crowd.

12:21 AM

Anonymous Grin N. Bearit said...

This is off topic but has anyone ever taken a whiff of Pat Philbin's breath. It smells like a combo of onions and shit . I had the displeasure of inhaling it during a nathans qualifier in cranberry NJ

11:29 PM

Blogger Mega Munch said...

Maybe he just came from an onions and shit eating contest. With Baby Bird and the Opie & Anthony crew, you just never know.

8:18 AM


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