La Costeña Jalapeño Eating Contest in Laredo, TX

Date: 02/23/2008
Location: Laredo, TX
Winner: Pat Bertoletti, La Costena Jalapenos
Total Prizes: $5000

The Washington's Birthday Celebration Association (WBCA) Jalapeno Festival was celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year. For the first time this long-standing contest was be part of the IFOCE circuit. Major League Eaters were be able to take a stab at the local record that has not been broken since 1991. 141 peppers in 15 minutes was the number to beat, Pat Bertoletti made quick work of it.


1. Pat "Deep Dish" Bertoletti - 266 jalapenos, $3,000 prize ( new record, almost doubled previous record of 141 by Braulio Martinez (1991)

2. Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas - 170, $1,500 prize (believes swallowing stems reduced her count)

3. Erik "The Red" Denmark - 147, $500 prize

4. Pat Bruss - 85

5. Graham "Cool Hand" Duke - 70

To learn more about the WBCA Jalapeno Festival, visit