Patrick "Deep Dish" Bertoletti Shatters Wing Eating Record
By Lisa White in Food on Jan 30, 2015 10:50PM
If your planning on serving wings at your Super Bowl party on Sunday, don't invite Patrick Bertoletti. We have a feeling he won't be craving wings anytime soon. The Chicagoan, known by his competitive eating stage name as "Deep Dish" gobbled up 444 chicken wings in 30 minutes this afternoon at the 23rd annual Wing Bowl in Philadelphia. By doing so Bertoletti smashed the previous record of 363 wings set last year and barely edged out his rival (and prior record-holder) Molly Schuyler, who came in with 440 wings.
About 20,000 people gathered at Wells Fargo Arena to watch contestants duke it out in the grand battle to be the one true supreme wing champion. "I have the sweats but I feel a lot better because I know I don't have to eat any more chicken wings," Bertoletti exclaimed after his victory. In the last two minutes alone, Bertoletti consumed 50 wings by ripping apart the wings and stuffing the meat into his mouth. Bertoletti was still chewing for two minutes after the contest ended.
Angelo Cataldi, the sports talk radio broadcaster who first came up with the contest, stated that he "didn't think it was possible" and was surprised by how many wings Bertoletti ate to grab ahold of the win and record.
While the Bears might have had a horrible season, at least Chicago got one big win Super Bowl weekend. Congratulations to Bertoletti and we hope his weekend is full of lots of antacids and celebration.