Scenes From a Turkey-Eating Contest. Need We Say More?

Tim “Eater X” Janus, bird in hand.Photo: Melissa
The Axia 3 Thanksiving Invitational was held earlier today at Artie’s Deli, and the results were encouraging for fans of New York’s competitive eaters. The top prize went to Pat Bertoletti of Chicago, who scoffed down 4.8 pounds of turkey in twelve minutes, but Manhattan’s own Tim “Eater X” Janus came in second, with famed downtown roué Jason “Crazy Legs” Conti coming in fourth. Arturo Rios, of New Jersey, loosely speaking a local, took third. “Crazy Legs is my baby daddy,” the gracious Rios exclaimed. The morning’s big surprise was the disqualification, for “urges contrary to swallowing,” of the world’s No. 4 ranked eater, Sonia “The Black Widow” Thomas. “I was so greedy,” she told us. “I just took too much in my mouth.”

But forget the breakdown. Check out the pics!

Sonia “The Black Widow” Thomas, disconsolate in defeat.Photo: Melissa Hom

Jason “Crazy Legs” Conti, pleased as punch with his fourth-place finish.Photo: Melissa Hom

Crazy Legs toasts the winner, 21-year-old wunderkind Pat Bertoletti.Photo: Melissa Hom

Scenes From a Turkey-Eating Contest. Need We Say More?