This weekend at the Guys' Choice Awards for Spike TV in Los Angeles, history was made.
World champion eater and California native Joey Chestnut devoured 40 1/2 slices of pizza in ten minutes to set a new world record in the Pizza Hut Chow-lenge, an official event sanctioned by the International Federation of Competitive Eating, and a return to form after Chestnut's loss at the same event last year.
Chestnut beat Pat Bertoletti, the mohawked Chicago kid fond of listening to Flogging Molly on his iPod while competing, who had a respectable 36 1/2 slices of pizza in ten minutes. Both of these gastral gladiators went through five full-size Pizza Hut pies before amazed onlookers, their technique being to crush each slice in their fist into paste, then shove the sauce and dough down their throats.
Emcee George Shea was as colorful as ever presiding over the contest, with his efforts at inciting the youthful audience richly rewarded.