Czech film makers capture nothing
more American than Route 66 and apple pie
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[June 02, 2014]
ATLANTA - Sunday morning the iconic
Mother Road, Route 66, brought together the town of Atlanta and a
Czech Republic film crew. The Czech Republic Route 66 Association is
traveling from Los Angeles east to Chicago making a movie as they go
about the fun places to visit along Route 66 and some unusual
events. The contest was co-sponsored by the Atlanta Betterment Fund
and The Czech Route 66 Association.
The CRR66A representatives stopped in Atlanta to film an apple
pie eating contest between one member of their crew and Atlanta
residents Jared Mattingly and Kris Langley.
Joining the trio was professional eating champion Pat Bertoletti of
Chicago. Pat is of Czech descent and has been to his native land to
take part in eating contests. He is also a graduate of the Kendall
College Culinary Arts program and the owner of “Taco in a Bag”
restaurant in West Dundee, which won Food Court Wars on the Food
The apple pies were baked by Angie Harrison and Illinois State Fair
Blue Ribbon pie baker Bill Thomas, both of Atlanta. Thomas served as
the Emcee for the pie eating contest, which took place before a
large crowd under the Paul Bunyon statute on Route 66 in downtown
Thomas announced that the four contestants would have 6 minutes and
60 seconds, in honor of the Mother Road, to eat as many apple pies
as possible. While they all gave it their best effort, the
professional roared to victory consuming eight pounds of apple pie
in the allotted time.
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When asked to comment on the experience after he was done,
Jared Mattingly said, “I think I can check this off my to-do
list. Once was definitely enough for a food eating contest.”
Kris Langley laughed and said, “At least I beat him,” as he
nudged his good friend Jared.
This is the second full length documentary that Zdenk Jurasek has
made about Route 66. His intent is to bring the legend of Route 66
closer to the European public. His first film about the Mother Road
is the 2010 production “Route 66-Mainstreet USA.” His crew began the
current production on May 19th and will wrap in Chicago on June 3rd.
Jurasek is the founder of the Czech Republic Route 66 Association.
[By CURT FOX]