TORONTO — The sixth annual Smoke’s Poutinerie World Poutine Eating Championships, held Saturday in Toronto, crowned a new champion and broke the world record for poutine eating.
Two of the world’s top-ranked professional eaters, Matt “The Megatoad” Stonie and Joey “Jaws” Chestnut, competed for first place and in the end, Joey Chestnut (previously ranked second to Stonie) won the day by a half-pound of poutine. The new world champion and world-record breaker consumed a total of 25.5 pounds of poutine in 10 minutes, surpassing the previous world record of 24 pounds.
“It was intense, but I know I could have eaten more,” Chestnut told the Toronto Sun. “It’s great to get back the title and I know Matt will come back next year super hungry, but I’m not going to slow down. I’m going to keep pushing.”
Ryan Smolkin told the Toronto Sun the event’s spectatorship continues to grow each year and attributed its popularity to the spectator-sport quality of eating contests. “You say you don’t want to watch it, but then you find yourself watching it and also eating it,” he says. “It’s just entertaining and fun and lets people push their limits. It’s a science and a professional sport. These guys take it seriously.”
The event also raised more than $50,000 for the Friends of We Care charity, which sends disabled kids to camp.