July 13, 2018 11:55 am
Updated: July 13, 2018 12:01 pm

Champion competitive eater Joey Chestnut to chow down on pizza in Vaughan

Joey Chestnut holds his championship belt and smiles after winning men's competition of the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island of New York City, NY, USA, on July 4, 2018.

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A man famous for scarfing down huge amounts of food is making his way to the Greater Toronto Area this weekend.

Hot off setting a world record in the Coney Island 4th of July hot-dog eating contest, champion eater Joey Chestnut is set to compete at Vaughan Pizza Fest.

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Sunday’s pizza-eating contest will see competitors attempt to gobble down as many eight-inch pizzas as possible in 10 minutes for a top prize of $2,000.

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The pizzas are being supplied by Pie: Wood Fired Pizza Joint in Woodbridge.

Ahead of the competition, Chestnut discussed his strategy with Global News Radio host Drex.

“I’m going to do a reverse fold,” he said. “I’m going to reverse it, so the cheese is on the outside …  I’ll eat with one hand and drink water with the other, and I’ll just find a rhythm and go into my happy place.”

The Vaughan event is an officially sanctioned Major League Eating contest — and it’s happening for the first time.

“A world record will be set at the event in the small, eight-inch pizza discipline,” according to the organization’s website.

Chestnut said he loves pizza and thinks he can eat 20 of them, or close to 100 slices.

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Vaughan Pizza Fest, taking place at Interchange Park, starts on Friday and runs until Sunday. Organizers say 25 pizzerias will be participating and there will be live music.

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