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Competitive Eaters Binge on Breakfast

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Competitive eaters take the term “breakfast of champions” to an entirely different level, eating astounding amounts of eggs, pancakes, waffles and other breakfast foods in the spirit of competition. Among them, one man stands out among the rest for breakfast food-eating records.

According to the International Federation of Competitive Eaters, Patrick “Deep Dish” Bertoletti holds 38 different food-eating records, including cream-filled doughnuts, grits, pancakes and waffles. Other champions of the most important meal of the day include Joey “Jaws” Chestnut and Eric “Badlands” Booker. And then there’s Mark “The Human Vacuum” Lyle, who holds the world record for bacon, devouring 54 pieces in five minutes at the 2010 Beggin’ Strips World Bacon Eating Championship.

Bertoletti has eaten his way through dozens of doughnuts, pancakes and waffles as well as gallons of grits. It’s enough to give you indigestion just thinking about it. He started his competitive eating career in 2006 specializing in sweet treats. But the 26-year-old does not discriminate when it comes to setting records. He seems to possess a fortitude rarely seen even in the world of competitive eating.

SAN DIEGO - JULY 22:  Competitive Eater Patrick Bertoletti participates in Guinness World Record attempt at Tin Fish Restaurant during Comic-Con 2010 on July 22, 2010 in San Diego, California.

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Deep Dish set the record for eating cream-filled doughnuts in five minutes, at the Major League Eating St. Patrick’s Day Chowdown on March 17, 2007 . On September 29, 2007, it took Bertoletti 10 minutes to eat his way through 21 pounds of grits at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs. A week later he powered his way through 29 Waffle House waffles, each weighing eight ounces, also in 10 minutes. But the champion of breakfast wasn’t finished. On September 29, 2012, Bertoletti ate 50 Wild Eggs pancakes in 10 minutes. Each pancake weighed 3.25 ounces.

Joey “Jaws” Chestnut, winner of the 2013 Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest among many others, holds competitive eating records for brain tacos, fish tacos, brats and chicken wings. So it comes as no surprise that, on October 5, 2013, Chestnut devoured 141 hard-boiled eggs in only eight minutes to stake his claim in the world of breakfast food eating champions.

Eric “Badlands” Booker, a 47-year-old weighing in at 400 pounds, has proved he can out eat the competition at the breakfast table. The Long Island train conductor who was featured in an episode of Wife Swap consumed four pounds of corned beef hash in just under two minutes. Booker, like Bertoletti, is also a champion doughnut eater, once consuming 49 glazed doughnuts in only eight minutes.

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These records, while incredible for their quantity, are otherwise run of the mill. But a few are ridiculous both in quantity and substance. Peter Czerwinski, a competitive eater from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, consumed a bacon shake in 47.72 seconds. The bacon shake was made with five pounds of bacon and filled an entire blender. In a slightly less disgusting feat, Ethan Senser, from Highland Park, IL, combined one cup of cereal with one cup of milk in a blender. He then proceed to consume the breakfast cereal shake in 7.52 seconds.

One man set the same breakfast food-eating record twice. Dan Petty of Mentor, OH imbibed a 24-ounce bottle of breakfast syrup in 40.32 seconds on March 22, 2009. Two years later Rob Hartmann of Matawan, NJ broke Petty’s record, consuming the same amount in 19.70 seconds. Petty, not to be outdone, forced down the same 24-ounce bottle of syrup in only 11.24 seconds a couple years later. The current record stands.

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Rachael Monaco is a freelance writer covering not only all things about Buffalo and Western New York, but also around the country. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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