At sixteen years old Peter Czerwinski was hospitalized and nearly died as a result of anorexia.
Seven years later, not only has he won that battle, he is one the greatest competitive eaters in the world.
This is the inspiring (and ironic story) of Furious Pete.
Heart-breaking, hilarious, bizarre, gross and inspiring; these are all words that you could use to describe The Story of Furious Pete.
This is a documentary about many things.
It is a fascinating character study of a truly unique individual with a bizarre and ironic story. It’s a look at competitive eating, a ‘sport’ with a long history that is quickly becoming mainstream. It’s about the daily struggles and triumphs we go through every day to ultimately become the person we were meant to be. It’s a powerful and emotional exploration of male anorexia, something that we as a society do not often hear about. It’s also about the importance of family and how we would do anything for someone we love.
Peter Czerwinski’s story begins in the winter of 2002.
At sixteen years old, he was admitted to Toronto’s Sick Kids Hospital where he nearly died as a result of anorexia.
A year prior to his hospitalization, Peter was using food as a form of control to forget about the negativity that was taking over his life. On top of the stress and pressure of getting into University, Peter got the devastating news that his mother had Multiple Sclerosis as his father was being hospitalized with a bipolar disorder. If that wasn’t enough, Peter was also falsely diagnosed with having Cancer. At the risk of overstating the obvious, that’s a lot for a sixteen year old to deal with.
With a weight of 120lbs and a heart that was struggling to keep up with his body, Peter was close to death. If he had gone to the hospital a day later, he may not be here today. After checking out of the hospital, he fought to put the pieces of his life back together. Thanks to family, friends and Internet forums like bodybuilding.com, Peter not only began to eat more normally, but he also started seeing body composition changes, and with that came a new-found confidence. He even started to help others who were struggling with same issues.
Now the ironic part of the story.
In 2007, Peter a few of his buddies went out to a breakfast pub and ordered a dish called ‘The Linebacker’ which consisted of two pieces of every breakfast item that comes to the imagination. To everyone’s surprise, Peter finished everything on his plate before anyone got through a quarter of theirs. And then he ordered three more.
A star was born that day.
In the two years since then, Peter Czerwinski, a.k.a ‘Furious Pete’, has transformed himself into one of the greatest competitive eaters in the world. He’s a force to be reckoned with and has won seventeen of the eighteen eating contests in which he has competed. His accomplishments are staggering. Here are a few records to chew on:
When asked aboutthe future, Peter Czerwinski says he wants to be the best competitive eater in the world; but more importantly, he wants to inspire those who have struggled with eating disorders.
Aside from his ‘unique’ talents, Peter is also a graduate of the Mechanical Engineering program at McMaster University. He is currently getting his masters degree and dreams of one day working for NASA.
The filmmakers introduce us to Peter and his family as candid and heart-breaking revelations are shared. The viewer is then taken on the road and around the world to various eating competitions as we see Furious Pete do what he does best. This documentary, much like Peter’s life, is a wild roller coaster ride.
This is the inspiring (and ironic) story of Furious Pete.
- 2009, Oct. 20th – 72oz Steak and sides in 7 min. 16 sec.
- 2009, Sept. 14th – 600grams of Pasta in 1 min. 30 sec. – Big Papa’s Restaurant, Toronto ON
- 2009, Aug. 14th – 20 Sausages in 2 min. 30 sec. – SausageFest, Toronto ON
- 2009, Aug. 1- 14 slices in 10 min. (previous record was 9.5 slices)- Pizza Eating Finals Queens, NY
- 2009, July 31 -12 burgers in 8 min. (previous record was 10 burgers) - Jake’s Burger Eating Contest Finals Wilmington, DE
- 2009, Feb. 8 - 36 sliders in 10 min. -North American Team Slider Eating Championship, Burlington, ON
- 2008, Dec. 21 - 46 latkes in 8 min. (previous was 31 latkes) – National Potato Latke Eating Championship - Lake Grove, NY
- 2008, Oct. 6 - 22 sandwiches in 8 min. -Wakefield World Chicken Salad Sandwich Eating Championship, Chicago, IL
- 2008, July 18 - 43 2oz. meatballs 7 min. (previous record was 35 meatballs) - Bartolini’s Meatball Eating Championship Midlothian, IL