SOURCE: GoldenPalace.com

June 11, 2006 00:29 ET

Joey Chestnut Sets New WORLD RECORD in Winning the GoldenPalace.net World Grilled Cheese Eating Championship

LAS VEGAS, NV -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 11, 2006 -- Competitive eaters, a growing and increasingly celebrated breed of American athlete, gathered in Las Vegas on Saturday, June 10th to compete for the title of GoldenPalace.net World Grilled Cheese Eating Champion.

Joey Chestnut ate 47 Grilled Cheese sandwiches in ten minutes to set a new world record. Sonya Thomas and Pat Berteletti tied for second place, each downing 37. The old world record was 36.

Chestnut is the rising star of the competitive eating circuit. He devoured 50 hot dogs at an event on May 18th and poses a serious threat to the reign of Japan's Takeru Kobayashi who is regarded as the best competitive eater in the world.

Chestnut's rise to the top of the competitive eating world has been meteoric over recent months. He lost in the grilled cheese category to Thomas at a Goldenpalace.net event in February, eating 25 1/2 sandwiches to Thomas' 26.

Earlier, 10 amateurs attempted to win a $100,000 GoldenPalace.net prize by breaking the old grilled cheese record of 36. None came close. Mike Justice of Nevada managed to eat down nine.

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The International Federation of Competitive Eating (IFOCE) conducts more than 80 events annually, including the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, NY. The competitive eating community, which numbers more than 5,000 veteran and rookie athletes, travels the nation in search of top titles and the glory that they provide.

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