‘John St. Louis’ spares no ribs as contest champion

Platters of delectable spare ribs disappeared by the dozens, clocked by the minute at Woody’s Bar BQ in West Kendall during a second “Rib Eating Contest” that saw Jean Bastien of Miramar best six other competitors for devouring the most ribs in five minutes.

Known by his buddies as “John St. Louis” (“because I’m from St. Louis”), Bastien finished 17 ribs in five minutes before devouring five more in 60 seconds to beat two other top first round finishers in a final “rib-off” event.

Marking the restaurant’s first year in business on July 21 with Bastien were Steve Cresci, Ary De Los Santos, Manny Sosa and Eric Fernandez, all of Kendall, along with Norberto Segredo of Cutler Bay and Robert Fajardo of Miami.

Timing the event was Diana Vargas, who co owns Woody’s with Maria Piedad Basto and Guillermo Vargas Palacino. The trio opened the rib place at 16367 SW 88 St. on July 18, 2011 with their first contest for the Jacksonville-based chain.

Asked what he planned for dinner under his generous beltline, Bastien headed out the door replying, “I’m going to a pie-eating contest tonight!”

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