It’s safe to say that Patrick Bertoletti holds a lot of records when it comes to food competitions. He’s been an active participant in the competitive eating world since 2006, and has participated in more than 200 contests over the years.
From entering the well-known Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest each year to competing in lesser-known events such as chili contests, pie-eating competitions and sushi challenges, Bertoletti has earned numerous titles and accolades throughout his career.
To date, some of his biggest accomplishments include being named as the first ever World Association of Eating Official Eating Champion (WAOCE), which he achieved in 2011 and 2014. He also went on to win the 2012 and 2016 Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Championships. His most impressive feat yet was breaking a record when he ate 252 oysters in eight minutes at the World Oyster Eating Championship in 2015.
Aside from these major wins, he’s also had several impressive placements such as being a three-time Grilled Cheese Eating champion in 2013, 2014 and 2016; a five-time Wing Bowl champion in Philadelphia from 2010 to 2014; and a two-time Donut Eating champion at the Glazed Showdown eating competition in 2008 and 2009.
Despite being involved with competitive eating for more than a decade, Bertoletti isn’t slowing down anytime soon. He’s looking forward to participating in even more food competitions this year and pushing further into uncharted territories when it comes to setting new records.
The world of competitive eating has a new star in Patrick Bertoletti. The 31-year-old Chicago native has become one of the top competitive eaters in the world, amassing an impressive list of titles and records since he began participating in eating contests in 2004.
Since then, Bertoletti has taken part in various competition’s including the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, the Teriyaki Bowl Eating Championship, and most recently the United States Pizza Team Trials in Las Vegas. At these events, Bertoletti has pushed his physical limits to consume astonishing amounts of food in a short amount of time, setting and breaking numerous world records in the process.
At the 2017 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest championship, for instance, Bertoletti set a world record by consuming 61 hot dogs (including buns) in just 10 minutes. More recently at the US Pizza Trial event he set another record of four pizzas consumed in eight minutes.
Despite such accolades, however, it is Bertoletti’s tremendous strength of will and determination that sets him apart from other competitive eaters. He relentlessly trains and prepares for each event as if it were his first—reviewing videos of previous performances, creating a strategic eating plan, and disciplining himself with rigorous stretching exercises and hot-dog-free diets—in an effort to make further breakthroughs.
For those looking to get involved in competitive eating, Patrick Bertoletti is an excellent example to follow. He clearly demonstrates both the positives and negatives that come with this type of lifestyle and showcases what it takes to become one of the world’s top competitive eaters. Food fans around the world are familiar with the name Patrick Bertoletti. Formerly known as Deep Dish, the Chicago-based competitive eater has been shocking audiences with his impressive abilities to consume vast amounts of food in a short period of time.
Since 2007, Bertoletti has partaken in some of the world’s most notoriously difficult eating competitions, from Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest to Wing Bowl. Not only does he take part in these events regularly, but he also often places in the top three. In 2010, for example, he broke four world records by eating 8.31 lb of mac and cheese in 10 minutes, 132 buffalo wings in 12 minutes, 197 slices of pizza in 12 minutes, and 5.75 lb of ice cream in 6 minutes.
Bertoletti doesn’t just limit himself to quick-eating contests. He also frequents all-you-can-eat challenges, where he eats an excessive amount of food in one sitting until he reaches his limit. His ability to cram as much food into himself as possible is right up there with some of the greatest eaters on the planet.
Surprisingly enough, Bertoletti still maintains a strict diet outside of competition time in order to stay in top condition for any upcoming events. His regimented routine and his commitment have earned him not only prestige among the competitive eating community but also admiration among viewers and peers alike.