Cafe Society

Pat "Deep Dish" Bertoletti eats four pounds of testicles and sets new world record

It takes balls! There's a new testicle-related world record, and it was set right here in Colorado.

This weekend, the Lady Luck Casino in Black Hawk hosted a Major League Eating-sanctioned competitive eating contest, charging competitors with the task of downing as many Rocky Mountain Oysters as they could in ten minutes.

Pat "Deep Dish" Bertoletti, the number three-ranked eater in Major League Eating, put down three pounds, 11.75 ounces of the sliced and deep-fried, um, delicacy to clinch the win -- and the record. Second place was taken by Tim "Eater X" Janus, who's ranked number five in the league; he ate just a half an ounce less than Bertoletti.

For Bertoletti's determined ability to consume almost four pounds of bulls' balls, he won $1,500 (and bragging rights). Janus took home $1,250, and third place plus $1,000 went to Bob "Notorious BOB" Shoudt, the number two-ranked competitor.

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Laura Shunk was Westword's restaurant critic from 2010 to 2012; she's also been food editor at the Village Voice and a dining columnist in Beijing. Her toughest assignment had her drinking ten martinis and eating ten Caesar salads over the course of 48 hours. She still drinks martinis, but remains lukewarm on Caesar salads.
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