Joey Chestnut is the Golden State Warriors of competitive eating. Chestnut destroyed the so-called “competition” at the 2018 Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. Chestnut devoured 74, SEVENTY-FOUR, hot dogs in 10 minutes. on Wednesday afternoon in Coney Island, Joey “Jaws” Chestnut set a new world-record at the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, beating his own world record of 72 from last year.
"Joey Chestnut owns America!" pic.twitter.com/x9xQtN4eSZ
— Jordan Treece (@JTreece406) July 4, 2018
Originally, it was said that Chestnut inhaled 64 hot dogs, but contest officials said there was a counting error and he actually finished with 74. How do you miss 10 hot dogs? Apparently, they missed an entire plate of weiners that Chestnut ate. Chestnut finished with 74 hot dogs eaten, which is 29 more than the runner-up. ABSOLUTELY DOMINATING. “If I’m going to get up on stage to eat hot dogs,” Chestnut said, “I’m not going to do it to get third or fourth.”
The 34-year-old former construction manager turned full-time competitive eater obliterated the competition and won the $10,000 prize in the event’s 102nd year. Chestnut has won the contest three straight years, set world records in the past three years, and won the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest in 11 of the last 12 events. Chestnut’s only loss came in 2015 to Matt Stonie. Chestnut prepared for the competitive eating competition by fasting and only living off of water with lemon, amino acids, and a few caramels.
Chestnut went a smidge bit over his daily recommended calories of 2,500.
On the women’s side, American Miki Sudo is also dominating. She won her fifth straight Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest title. While, not putting on a Joey Chestnut-esque performance, it was tremendous that she ate 37 hot dogs in 10 minutes.