Credit: RG Daniels
Katz's Deli, a legendary joint in New York City, celebrated 125 years of shilling smoked meats and brown mustard yesterday. And is there any better way to celebrate than by hosting a Major League Eating competition? We think not. Katz's invited 10 contestants to wolf down pastrami sandwiches, and we were there to cover the action, while shielding our eyes from stray bits of flesh that might've hit us.
So, who shows up to watch a pastrami eating contest? Guys like this:
The opening act was a Bobbing for Pickles contest. This guy was really into it. Not sure if chicks dig a head that smells like brine, though.
Here's the Michael Buffer of eating contests. Instead of "Let's Get Ready to Rumble," he just wears a silly hat.
Here comes one of the contestants. This is Matt Stonie. He's 21, but looks like he's 14. Oh, he's also RIDICULOUSLY good at these things. He's a serious challenger to take over the throne -- er, the crown.
And that crown is currently held by Joey Chestnut, the world's No. 1 ranked eater, who shockingly does not weigh 700 pounds.
This is contestant "Eater X" preparing for battle. We didn't ask what that neon green drink is, but we have a feeling X might get tested for juicing if he wins this challenge.
Can pastrami sandwiches hold up in 90-plus degree heat? Who cares? We ain't scientists over here. BRING ON THE SANDWICHES, SON!!!!!
Chestnut's in the lead, but Stonie is catching up. Check out this nasty plate of slop. That's how you clean a plate.
Stonie's startin' to look dazed. Don't puke, young fella!
The crowd waits for the winner...
Jake, owner of Kat's Deli, shows off the Golden Sandwich. Who will win???
And the winner is...JOEY CHESTNUT!
The winner, and still the champion. See ya on the Fourth of July for the Hot Dog Eating Contest, Joey...NOW GET LOST, LOSERS!!!