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Chestnut Sets New GoldenPalace.net Grilled Cheese Record: 47 in 10 Mins
6/11/2006

Joey Chestnut continued his amazing rise in the eating world, downing 47 grilled cheese sandwiches in 10 minutes to win the GoldenPalace.net World Grilled Cheese-Eating Contest, setting a new world record in the process.

Second place was shared by Sonya Thomas and Patrick Bertoletti, who tied by eating 37 grilled cheese sandwiches apiece. In fourth place was Rich LeFevre.

The event took place at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas as part of the Arena Football League's Arena Bowl XX weekend.

Mike Justice won the amateur contest, but fell far short of the 37 grilled cheese sandwiches needed to win the $100,000 bounty for breaking the world record.

The previous world record of 36.5 sandwiches was held by Tim Janus, who did not compete in the open eating contest. Eater X squared off against AFL star Gear Gudmundson, who plays offensive line and defensive line for the New York Dragons, in front of the Arena Bowl Skills Challenge audience. Janus, who appeared to coast through the five-minute contest, downed 18 grilled cheese sandwiches.