World Record in Pickled Jalapeño Eating Broken [videos]


Bertoletti and Thomas duke it out. Photograph via

How many whole pickled jalapeños do you think you could eat in a row? 7? 10? Try 275; that's how many chiles Pat "Deep Dish" Bertoletti ate to become the 2010 La Costeña Jalapeño Eating Champion last weekend in San Antonio, Texas. He beat runner-up Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas by 1 jalapeño in a special double overtime individual challenge after they tied in the first round, with both of them beating the world record. Thomas and Bertoletti, as well as third place winner Erik "The Red" Denmark, are all professional eating competitors; fourth place went to Gary Klucken of Waco, who had the highest amateur standing with 73 jalapeños.

A few things: one, who knew eating champions had nicknames like professional wrestlers? Two, what kind of practice regimen do you have to have that enables you to eat 200 jalapeños more that your average bear? Three, WTF? Ponder these mysteries and more while you watch the video, below.

2010 La Costeña Jalapeño Eating Championship

—Paula Forbes

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