Joey Chestnut has become a folk hero of sorts for a lot of common, every day Americans, due to the fact that he’s some how managed to win a shocking number of Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contests over the years. However, he’s now forever sealed his status as a complete and total legend by cinching his 16th such victory on July 4th. The contest was held at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York. Despite a weather delay, Chestnut managed to defeat fellow competitors James Webb and Geoffrey Esper in the men’s division. How many of you didn’t even know the contest is split into men and women categories? Be honest.
According to Fox News, Chestnut gobbled up a whopping 62 dogs in only 10 minutes. Back in 2021, Chestnut actually set the world record for most hot dogs eaten in a 10 minute period by slamming 73 down his gullet. Last year’s contest saw him eat a total of 63. Anyone else feel like throwing up just thinking of eating that much of anything, let alone hot dogs?
Chestnut was off to a super strong start after he managed to eat five whole hot dogs, buns included, in 30 seconds. As he hit the halfway point — 5 minutes — he had consumed 40 hot dogs, again, buns included. During one point in the competition he was eating a total of seven hot dogs a minute. Esper, another contestant, came in second place with a total of 49 hot dogs devoured, while Webb only had 47.
The contest was delayed for two hours at one point because of storms rolling through the area. At first, many thought the weather was so bad the competition might end up canceled. However, at the first sign of sunshine, competitors got on stage and went to work. I know what you’re all thinking. Who was the female winner?
Miki Sudo won her ninth hot dog eating contest at the event, consuming a total of 39 hot dogs in 10 minutes, just barely pulling out a victory over Mayo Ebihara. Ebihara, a native of Japan, finished the contest with 33. Sudo’s first hot dog eating contest took place in 2014 and she apparently has not lost one since. In 2021, she was forced to take a year off due to pregnancy, but returned the following year and basically picked up her winning streak where she left off. Sudo came into the event being the third-ranked eater overall in the world and first on the list of women.
An interesting piece published by The Takeout revealed just how many hot dogs Joey Chestnut has eaten during his 17 year career and it’s both triumphant and utterly disgusting. The report said Chestnut has consumed an astounding 1,131 hot dogs total over the course of his participation in the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest.
So what happens to the human body after one of these contests? Chestnut said there are many, many trips to the bathroom, but noted that one of the side effects of slamming all of that meat into your stomach is sweating. The food eating master stated that when sweating after a contest, his perspiration feels greasy and even sticky. Others around him even said they can smell the hot dogs coming out of his pores.
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