You could pick him out in the lineup of 10 pizza-eating contestants at Friday: Mark Pederson had the look of a man with a plan.
While others tried stacking slices of pizza sandwich-style, or stuffing their cheeks like chipmunks, Pederson focused on a steady pace of intake, punctuated with slurps of water and moments devoted to chewing and digestion.
The challenge of the contest, sponsored by , was to eat as much pizza as possible in 10 minutes. Each contestant had a pizza in front of him or her. Only Pederson came within a crust of putting it away completely.