The second annual Smoke’s Poutinerie World Poutine Eating Championship brought a crowd out to the Rogers Centre on Saturday to witness professional eater (yep, that’s an actual title) Pat “Deep Dish” Bertoletti defend his win from last year by devouring nine and three-quarter boxes of poutine in 10 minutes.
Twenty-three-year-old University of Toronto student Ben Do—a returning audience favourite who ate seven boxes of poutine last year—packed away a respectable four and three-quarter boxes of poutine alongside professional eaters, many of whom travelled from the States to compete.
In the amateur category, 24-year-old Aabid Patel, a York University student, won free poutine for a year by scarfing two-and-a-half boxes of poutine in six minutes. In the post-game interview, he said the hardest part was combating jaw fatigue and that he actually had room in his stomach for more fries and curds. As for his prize, he plans on getting a free poutine each day to give to a homeless person.
Click on the gallery below for more scenes from Saturday’s contest. (Warning: you may never want to eat poutine again.)