For many people around the nation, Fourth of July means freedom, barbecues, patriotism and Coney Island’s Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. Held annually each year, today’s contest was the 102nd since the eating event was inaugurated. Joey Chestnut is no stranger to competitive eating sports and today marked his 11th win at the Fourth of July hot dog eating contest. Not only did Chestnut win, but he beat his own record while simultaneously setting a new world record.
Joey Chestnut ate 74 hot dogs in 10 minutes beating his competitor Carmen Cincotti who came in at 45. There was some confusion regarding how many hot dogs Chestnut ate because one plate wasn’t counted. Once the judges noticed the error Chestnut’s total increased to 74 ensuring he retained his title as the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Champion.
According to the Nathan’s Famous hot dog packaging, Joey Chestnut consumed 222,000 calories today.
Fans took to social media networks to share their congratulations and praise to Joey Chestnut who has solidified his status as a competitive eating celebrity.
ESPN airs the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest each year and you can watch the event as it aired live in the video player below.
Competitive eating is a worldwide sport and Joey “Jaws” Chestnut is ranked number one. The 34-year-old California native trains year round for these events and even though he is a shoo-in for each Fourth of July hot dog contest, he competes in other areas.
Chestnut won the St. Elmo Steak House Shrimp Cocktail Eating Championship in 2016. He ate fifteen pounds of St. Elmo’s shrimp cocktail in eight minutes.
In 2015, Chestnut won the Trenton Thunder World Famous Case’s Pork Roll Eating Championship. In ten minutes, Chestnut downed thirty-two pork roll sandwiches. The sandwiches weighed a quarter-pound each.
Joey Chestnut has won additional competitive eating contests for pork ribs, steak, mutton sandwiches, bratwurst and matzah balls.
Chestnut’s first foray into competitive eating was in 2005 when he won a deep-fried asparagus contest. He competed in his first Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest that year, coming in third.
Will you root for Joey Chestnut in next year’s Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest?