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Freaky Fast Sandwich Making and Eating

By L. Stolpman in Food on Jul 25, 2008 2:12PM

Gravy%20Krystal%2007.jpgHeaven knows we love our food and have been accused of eating at a clip that puts nearby fingers in jeopardy. But we're pretty sure we're going to be put to shame this Saturday when Jimmy John's offers up three of its fastest sandwich makers to see if they can make subs faster than the sandwiches can be eaten. Of course, they won't be eaten by just anyone.

These will be inhaled by Patrick "Deep Dish" Bertoletti, ranked second in the world in the competitive eating circuit. The guy once ate 21 pounds of grits in 10 minutes. We kid you not. (Ed. Note: More impressive — or repulsive, depending on POV — is the 177 pickled jalapeno peppers Bertoletti wolfed down in fifteen minutes at a 2006 competition).

Also eating as fast as Jimmy John's can make them will be Tim "Gravy" Brown (pictured, left), who was a candidate for the Major League Eating Rookie of the Year in 2007. You've got to eat a lot of mashed potatoes to get that kind of nickname, folks.

If you want to take in the action, head to Taste of Lincoln Avenue (SE corner of Altgeld Avenue, between Fullerton and Wrightwood) this Saturday, July 26th, where the competition will begin at 3 p.m. Oh, and....bring an appetite.