Everything You Need to Know About Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest

Glen Mclaughlin
July 8, 2018

Joey Chestnut, the Michael Jordan of competitive eating, consumed a world-record-setting 74 hot dogs and buns in just ten minutes.

Stonie has beaten Chestnut before at this event, eating his way to victory in 2015 by consuming 62 hot dogs and buns, ending Chestnut's eight-year championship run at the tournament.

Last year, Joey Chestnut won the men's competition after scarfing 72 dogs (buns included) in just 10 minutes.

Joey Chestnut dominates the field to win his 11th career Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. As Yahoo Sports pointed out online, Chestnut's final count was originally 64 hot dogs and buns, but he adamantly claimed he downed 74 in his post-contest interview. In the 2012 competition, she ate 45 hot dogs.

In 1916, Polish immigrant Nathan Handwerker opened a nickel hot dog stand on Coney Island with a $300 loan from two friends. Carmen Cincotti came in second but wasn't close to stealing the mustard belt from Chestnut, who is ranked No. 1 in the world by the Major League Eating. "To eat hot dogs competitively", according to René, "I like to split them - take the hot dogs out of the buns - try to eat the hot dog as quickly while I am dunking the bun". Since then, he's been absolutely dominant, winning 11 of the past 12 competitions. "As soon as I can start eating, I try to eat vegetables, fiber", Chestnut told Kieran Darcy of ESPN.

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While the practice of dunking perfectly good hot dogs in water and sliding them down your throat at lightning speed may seem unpleasant, Chestnut has repeatedly assured the public that he loves it.

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Eaters compete in the women's competition of the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island of NY, the United States, on July 4, 2018.

Both Chestnut and Sudo walked away in first place a year ago as well.

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