On Saturday, October 17, Martorano’s at Paris Las Vegas reached an impressive milestone as it commemorated its first anniversary with the first-ever Martorano’s Masters World Pasta Eating Championship (Pictured: Matt Stonie downs Martorano’s Sunday Gravy Pasta – Photo: © Erik Kabik / www.erikkabik.com)
Top-ranked competitive eater Matt Stonie reigned supreme as he walked away Pasta Eating Champion after downing 20 bowls of pasta in eight minutes, setting a new Major League Eating world record.
Cook, author and restaurateur Steve Martorano was present to host the festivities where 12 professional and amateur eaters competed to see who could eat the most of Martorano’s signature Sunday Gravy pasta. Alongside Stonie was number-one ranked female competitive eater, Miki Sudo, as well as four other professionally ranked eaters.
Spirits were high under the picturesque Arc de Triomphe as the famous Jubilee showgirls from Bally’s Las Vegas escorted eaters on stage and the rules were read for the audience. Once the eight minutes began, Martorano’s famous Sunday Gravy flew as eaters devoured an unbelievable amount of pasta, making history on the Las Vegas Strip.
Once figures were calculated, the final results were announced in the following order:
- 5th Place with a cash prize of $150- Steve Hendry- 11.25 bowls/ 5.625 lbs.
- 4th Place with a cash prize of $350- Rick LeFevre- 11.5 bowls/ 5.75 lbs.
- 3rd Place with a cash prize of $500- Michelle Lesco-12.5 bowls/ 6.25 lbs.
- 2nd Place with a cash prize of $1,000- Miki Sudo- 14 bowls/ 7 lbs.
- 1st Place with a cash prize of $2,000- Matt Stonie- 20 bowls/ 10 lbs.
After the contest, an anniversary dinner was held at Martorano’s at Paris Las Vegas where friends, family and guests of Steve Martorano gathered to toast the restaurant’s achievements in its first year.
Martorano’s at Paris Las Vegas is open for dinner from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Bar menu is served daily from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. For reservations call 702-279-4934.