The contestants, including No. 1-ranked Joey Chestnut and No. 2 Geoffrey Esper, stuffed themselves with as many slices of pizza as possible in the first event of its kind for the national competitive eating organization.
As Major League Eating President Richard Shea declared that day: “You’re about to witness history right here in this parking lot.” The organization chose Fat Boy’s Pizza for its famed two-feet slices, and eating pizza that size was a new challenge for competitive eaters. Major League Eating offered $1,500 to the first-place winner, a prize that proved hard to resist.
Chestnut won the day, devouring six-and-a-half two-footers in only 10 minutes. He defeated three NOLA Gold Rugby players as well as two other seasoned competitive eaters: Esper, fourth-ranked Darron Breeden and ninth-ranked Adrian Morgan. Esper was only able to scarf down six pizzas, one-half pie behind Chestnut.
Chestnut arrived in town early and trained for the event by scarfing down the pizzeria’s two-feet slices, trying to figure out the best and quickest way to cram the massive slices into his mouth.
“The pizza was delicious,” he said to WWL Radio. “I found a pretty good rhythm in the beginning, and they were going down fast, so I was really happy.”
Chestnut also holds eating records for several categories, including pastrami sandwiches (25 inches in 10 minutes) and gumbo (1.87 gallons in eight minutes).
Gabe Corchiani, a famed basketball athlete who opened Bat Boys earlier this year, said they’d “need a bigger venue” to make the contest an annual event.