Joey Chestnut Eats 50 Martorano Meatballs To Win Championship

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Young American makes $1,500 for all the balls he put in his mouth. Meatballs that is.

World champion professional competitive eater Joey Chestnut has just won the first ever Martorano's Masters Meatball Eating Competition in Las Vegas.

Steve Martorano is a South Florida restaurateur with a namesake joint, Cafe Martorano, in Ft. Lauderdale and Las Vegas. He started out making sandwiches in Philly. Click here to read a New Times Broward-Palm Beach feature on the goodfella.

According to a press release from Harrah's, Chestnut pointed to the qualty of the meatballs as key to his victory. He said "The great taste and high quality of the meatballs were evident in every bite."

Second and third place cash prizes went to Pat "Deep Dish" Bertoletti, and the 105 pound Sonya Thomas who each ate 49 and 42 of Martorano's meatballs.

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