Major League Eaters to Face-Off at Martorano’s Masters Meatball Eating Championship

November 6, 2009 by  

A host of top-ranked Major League Eaters, including #1-ranked Joey “Jaws” Chestnut, will meet at Martorano’s inside Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino for the first-ever Martorano’s Masters Meatball Eating Championship. The winner will be distinguished as a world meatball-eating champion and take home the lion’s share of a $3,000 total cash purse.

Rich “The Locust” LeFevre, the 65-year old MLE legend and Henderson resident, will be coming out of retirement in hopes of claiming the inaugural Martorano’s Masters title.

Playboy cover model and new starlet of FANTASY at Luxor, Angelica Bridges, will also be representing Las Vegas in her competitive eating debut. Maxim recently named Bridges one of the “50 Sexiest Women in the World.”

Rounding out the field of eaters is poker legend Phil Hellmuth. His 2007 World Series of Poker win was his 11th career WSOP title. Having amassed an unsurpassed record 11 World Series of Poker championships, he will try his hand at becoming the Martorano’s Masters Meatball Eating Champion.

Other top contenders include #3-ranked Chicago-native Pat “Deep Dish” Bertoletti and the #5-ranked 105-pound Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas. Thomas and Bertoletti hold a combined 45 world records through Major League Eating.

The 10-minute contest will feature Martorano’s world famous meatballs prepared by chef/owner Steve Martorano. In an effort to fully honor and respect Martorano’s meatballs, competitors must use utensils during the contest, a stipulation that will further test the skill of the eating professionals.

WHEN: Sunday, November 8—12:00 pm

WHERE: Martorano’s, on the 2nd floor of Masquerade Village
Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino
3700 W. Flamingo Road

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