Joey Chestnut wins hot dog eating contest once again
Joey Chestnut, 35, won his record 12th Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, New York, on Thursday by mowing through 71 hot dogs in just 10 minutes.
The second place winner, Darron Breedon, only ate 50 hot dogs.
Joey is truly unmatched when it comes to hot dog eating contests.
Last year, Chestnut set a record by eating 74 hot dogs in 10 minutes. He ate 72 in 2017 and 70 in 2016.
He is now four in a row, with his only loss in the last decade against Matt Stonie in 2015 contests.
Chestnut, a former construction manager from San Jose, CA, holds 40 titles in Major League Eating competitions around the U.S.—which includes the record for most gyozas eaten in 10 minutes (381) the most hard boiled eggs eaten in 10 minutes (151), and the most pizzas eaten in 10 minutes (7.5). Nathan’s website calls him “an American Hero and a national treasure.”
The contest, which takes place on Coney Island in Brooklyn, N.Y. draws huge crowds every year. Major League Eating expects as many as 35,000 fans to attend. Around 1 million people have historically tuned in to watch from home. The contestants have to pass a qualifying round before they can participate in the Fourth of July finals.
Joey is the most famous hot dog eater in the world.