Written by Alex Wiederspiel
Last updated on May 25, 2013 @ 11:40PM
Created on May 25, 2013 @ 9:22PM
The 3rd Annual Pepperoni Roll Eating World Championship was held in Fairmont on Saturday at the Three Rivers Festival, bringing some of the world's top competitive eaters to the Mountain State.
You may usually see them eating hot dogs on ESPN, but the top three ranked eaters in the world were in Fairmont to chow down on the state's own local delicacy, the pepperoni roll.
Last year, Chicago native Pat Bertoletti set the world record by eating 33 pepperoni rolls in just ten minutes.
This year, with six of the top ten eaters in the world on scene, number one ranked Joey Chestnut took home the title by eating 28 pepperoni rolls in ten minutes. He defeated rookie sensation Miki Sudo by just half a pepperoni roll.
"I really didn't know what to expect coming out here. I didn't know it was going to be so awesome. Next year, I'm going to come out and break the record for everybody here," Chestnut said after the win.
"Half a pepperoni roll! But you know, he's the world champion, number one ranked with Major League Eating, [and] he's got years and years of experience on me. You know, I'll take that loss," said runner-up and 7th ranked eater Miki Sudo.
Thanks to his victory, Chestnut took home a $2500 cash prize.
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