John Ascuaga's Nugget World Rib Eating Championship

Date: 08/29/2012
Location: Sparks, NV
Winner: , Ribs
Total Prizes: $5,000 total prize pool


After a dominant display of power eating, Joey Chestnut extended his reign at John Ascuaga's Nugget World Rib Eating Championship for another 12 months. He has now claimed six of the seven titles at the annual Sparks, NV event; Patrick Bertoletti, who won the event in 2009, is the only other eater to leave this northern Nevada town with his (or her) self-worth in tact.

Chestnut ploughed through eight pounds pf ribs during the 12 minute contest, but was pushed throughout by Matthew "The Megatoad" Stonie, who finished just half a pound behind The Great One. MLE insiders remarked after the contest that The Megatoad's clean-but-fast eating style lends itself to bone-in debris contests. Patrick Bertoletti again fell in third behind Chestut and Stonie, a repeat of the podium positions from the Day-Lee Foods Gyoza event earlier in the month.

Ms Michelle "Cardboard Shell" Lesco claimed fourth, a fact that surprised her far more than the crowd who witnessed her skill display. Juan "More Bite" Rodriguez continues to impress—his ability to again finish in the money despite being so attractive is a credit to his talent and disposition.

1 Joey "Jaws" Chestnut, 8lbs
2 Matt "The Megatoad" Stonie 7.5lbs
3 Patrick "Deep Dish" Bertoletti 5.8lbs
4 Ms Michelle "Cardboard Shell" Lesco 4.6lbs
5 Juan "More Bite" Rodriguez 4.5lbs
6 Steve Hendry 4lbs
7 Erik "The Red" Denmark 3.7lbs
8 Allen Triplett 3.1lbs
9 Jason Erb 2.6lbs
10 David Solomon 2.5lbs
10 Matt Raible 2.5lbs
12 Drake Nelson 2lbs
13 Michael Norton 1.8lbs

The 24th Annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off featured 24 of the nation’s top rib-cookers, each vying for the highly coveted first place trophy, cash prizes and the People Choice Award. This year, John Ascuaga’s Nugget anticipated at least 500,000 hungry BBQ-lovers will consume the more than 100 tons of ribs over the extended Labor Day weekend.

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