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If you know anything about competitive eating, then you definitely know the name Joey Chestnut. Chestnut (pictured above with fellow gurgitator (that’s what competitive eaters are called) Sonya Thomas, aka The Black Widow) has himself said “I’m the best eater in the world.”
Nobody has been able to argue with him on that since 2007, when he beat Japanese legend Takeru Kobayashi in the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest that happens every 4th of July on Coney Island. That year, he set a new record by pounding 66 hot dogs and buns (HDB’s) down his gullet in 12 minutes. He hasn’t lost since, and last year he even broke his own record by putting away 69 HDB’s in 10 minutes.
That’s not the only record he holds though. He’s actually got quite a few. Here a sampling of them, according to Professor Wikipedia:
- Deep Fried Asparagus Eating Championship in Stockton, California, May 2014: 12.8 lbs. deep fried asparagus in 10 minutes.
- Pork ribs: 13.76 pounds pork rib meat in 12 minutes at John Ascuaga’s Nugget Casino Resort during the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off in Sparks, Nevada on August 28, 2013
4.5 pounds of steak, plus sides, in 8 minutes, 52 seconds at Big Texan Steak Ranch on March 24, 2008.Chestnut’s record was broken on Monday May 26, 2014 by competitive eater Molly Schuyler.
- Matzoh Balls: 78 matzoh balls in 8 minutes at Kenny & Ziggy’s New York Delicatessen Restaurant in Houston, Texas on March 2, 2008
- Bratwurst: 70 bratwursts in 10 minutes at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati in Cincinnati, OH on September 22, 2013
- Hard Boiled Eggs: 141 hard-boiled eggs in 8 minutes at the Radcliff Fall Festival in Radcliff, KY on October 5th, 2013.
You can see he did have one of his records broken by Molly Schuyler. I previously wrote a blog on her breaking that record.
Now you can’t just jump into the sport of competitive eating and expect to do well. If you try it without training, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll either barf everywhere or injure yourself. You need to train for that stuff, and train Joey Chestnut does.
Chestnut trains by fasting and by stretching his stomach with milk, water and protein supplements. Three days before winning a chicken-eating contest in Boston, in November 2005, Chestnut drank gallons of water in under one minute and ate Buffalo wings to get his stomach accustomed to them. Since the start of his competitive eating career, his competition weight varies from 210–225 pounds (95–102 kg). After winning his sixth consecutive hot dog eating contest in 2012 by eating 68 hot dogs, he stated, ″I will not stop until I reach 70. This sport isn’t about eating. It’s about drive and dedication, and at the end of the day hot dog eating challenges both my body and my mind.″
70 hot dogs was his goal Friday in the 2014 edition of the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest.
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He didn’t quite hit his goal, but he still came out on top, gorging on 61 dogs for his 8th straight Mustard Belt. He had some pretty stiff competition from Matt Stonie, and the two were neck and neck for most of the contest. Chestnut pulled ahead in the final moments and won. I’ve seen conflicting reports on how many dogs Stonie ate, but it’s somewhere between 56 and 58. Following his win, Chestnut had this to say:
“The hot dogs were slow today… it was just a dog fight the entire time.” – Joey Chestnut, #NathansFamousHotdogEatingContest champion, 2014.
— Kevin McGuire (@KevinOnCFB) July 4, 2014
Now if you’ve ever thought about taking part in a hot dog eating contest yourself, have a look at these stats. You may reconsider.
Nutritional info on Joey Chestnut’s 61 hot dogs & buns: 23,790 calories, 1,189.5 g of fat, 60,390 g of sodium, 2,245 g of carbs.
— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) July 4, 2014
But the biggest surprise of the day was not necessarily how close the competition was. It was probably the fact that Joey Chestnut proposed to his longtime girlfriend Neslie Ricasa. How did she react? Watch and find out:
A super happy moment, for sure, but I can’t help but feel like it might have been a little awkward for her. Regardless, he got the answer he was looking for.
Champion Joey Chestnut just asked his gf to marry him before he attempts to eat 70 hot dogs in Coney Island. How can any of us compete?
— Jensen Karp (@JensenClan88) July 4, 2014
You know, I don’t think there’s much any of us could do to compete… Short of maybe being encased in chocolate and delivered to our significant others…
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Then again, knowing the temperature I run at, it’d be a melted mess within minutes. Guess I better start training to put those hotdogs away…