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Joey Breaks 100 Mark at Krystal
10/28/2007

History was made today in Chattanooga when Joey Chestnut ate 103 Krystals to win the KS0 IV.

CHATTANOOGA, TENN. - American eating sensation Joey Chestnut
demonstrated once again why he is competitive eating's new superstar
and the undisputed number one ranked eater in the world. Fending off
a full table of the world's best today, the 23-year-old from San
Jose, Calif. devoured 103 Krystal hamburgers in eight minutes to win
the Krystal Square Off IV World Hamburger Eating Championship, held
along the banks of the Tennessee River in downtown Chattanooga.

Chestnuts' historical win marks the first time an eater has broken
the once-inconceivable "100 Krystals in eight minutes" barrier and
surpasses the previous world record of 97 Krystals held by Japan's
Takeru Kobayashi, set at last year's Krystal Square Off.

Presented by The Krystal Company and featuring the iconic fresh, hot,
small, square Krystal hamburger, the Krystal Square Off is one of the
two majors in the sport of competitive eating and the only world
hamburger eating championship sanctioned by Major League Eating

"We never thought we'd see someone anywhere near, let alone past the
century mark when we started the Krystal Square Off in 2004. But like
when Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile barrier more than 50
years ago, Joey Chestnut has set a new benchmark today for all moving
forward," said Brad Wahl, vice president of marketing, The Krystal
Company.

While Chestnut dominated the field the entire contest, the battle for
second between 22-year-old rising star Patrick "Deep Dish" Bertoletti
and "Humble Bob" Shoudt, 39, was the closest ever in Krystal Square
Off history with just one Krystal separating the two eaters. In an
upset, Shoudt, ranked seventh in the world, consumed 95 Krystals to
edge out Bertoletti, the number two ranked eater in the world.

As this year's winner, Chestnut walks away with $10,000 and the
coveted Krystal Square Off Champion's Belt and Trophy made out of
crystal. Shoudt's runner-up finish earns him $7,500, while Bertoletti
takes home $3,500. The remaining top ten finalists receive payouts
ranging from $2,300 to $500.

An audience of more than six thousand people were on hand to watch
this year's Krystal-eating contest. A live national television
audience also watched on ESPN.

The official results are as follows:

Joey “Jaws” Chestnut, San Jose, CA - 103
“Humble Bob" Shoudt - Philadelphia, Pa. - 95
Pat “Deep Dish” Bertoletti, Chicago, Ill. - 94
Tim “Eater X” Janus, New York, NY -74
Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas, Alexandria, Va. - 58
Rich “The Locust” LeFevre, Henderson, Nev. - 53
Hall “Hoover” Hunt - Jacksonville, Fla. - 52
Chip “The Phenom” Simpson - BIrmingham, Ala. - 49
Erik “The Red” Denmark, Seattle, Wash. - 45
“Crazy Legs” Conti - New York, N.Y. - 45
Juliet Lee, Germantown, Md. - 44
Tim “Gravy” Brown, Chicago, Ill. - 38
Allen “Shredder” Goldstein, Plainview, N.Y. - 34

While this is just the fourth year of the Krystal Square Off, Krystal
has been hosting eating contests ever since it first opened its doors
in 1932. Indeed, Krystal's second customer, Roy Ward, claimed he
could eat twice as many Krystals as French Jenkins, the chain's first
customer. He did just that by eating 12 Krystals, and according to
legend invented the famous Krystal Sackful in the process. The years
have passed, but Krystal Lovers have never stopped challenging each
other to Krystal Eating Contests. This long-standing tradition became
official in 2004 with the first Krystal Square Off World Hamburger
Eating Championship.