American crowned champion poutine-eater in Canada

TORONTO, Oct. 4 (UPI) —

An American won the World Poutine Eating Championship in Toronto Saturday by consuming large amounts of the dish native to Canada.

Matt "Megatoad" Stonie, 22, of San Jose, Calif. won the bout, which had contestants eating a concoction of french fries, gravy and cheese curds, known as "poutine." Poutine is a French-Canadian dish born out of rural Quebec in the 1950s.

Stonie is ranked as the No. 2 competitor in Major League Eating, and is known for several feats of the stomach, including his consumption of a 5-pound birthday cake in less than nine minutes.

Saturday’s competition, sponsored by Smoke’s Poutinerie, is considered the largest eating contest in Canada and the biggest poutine-eating championship in the world.

Stonie is reported to have consumed nearly 15 pounds of poutine in 10 minutes, while Joey "Jaws" Chestnut — another San Josean — received second place by putting away 12 pounds of the dish.