La Costena Feel the Heat Jalapeno Eating Championship Challenge | Food Events | Chicago Reader

La Costena Feel the Heat Jalapeno Eating Championship Challenge

When: Sun., Sept. 13, 3 p.m. 2009

The world's greatest speed eaters will travel to Chicago for the La Costena Feel the Heat Jalapeno Eating Championship Challenge. The gastronomical competition will be held at Mi Tierra restaurant in the heart of the Little Village to help spice up the Mexican Independence Day celebration. Many consider the annual competition the most grueling and entertaining event on the Major League Eating (MLE) circuit. This year's eater to beat is Pat "Deep Dish" Bertoletti, the second-ranked eater in the world and Chicago native. Bertoletti enters the contest as the two-time defending championthe contest as the two-time defending champion and the world-record holder which he set in 2007 after eating 191 La Costena jalapenos in just six and a half minutes.

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