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Ribfest Announces Amateur Ribeating Contest

By Mike Fourcher | Tuesday, May 31, 2011

2010 Ribmania contestants cram down their food at last year's Ribfest. Photo: Mike Fourcher

If the phrase, “You’re a big eater!” tends to ring in your ears, here’s your chance you step up to the plate and show that you’ve got the guts.

Expanding on the popularity of last year’s professional ribeating content, the Chicago Ribfest crew have decided to repeat the pro contest and expand it this year to include an amateur category. On Thursday, June 9 at 6:30 p.m., masticators with the desire can prove their ability at the Black Rock Pub & Kitchen, 3514 N. Damen Ave.

The winner of Thursday’s gorging gala will then get their chance to square off against professional rib eaters the next evening, on Friday, June 10 at 6:00 p.m.

Thursday’s amateur contest will be judged by two top-ranked professional eaters, Chicagoans Pat “Deep Dish” Bertoletti and Tim “Gravy” Brown. Both participated in last year’s pro event and are expected to compete again on June 10.

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