Joey Chestnut

Competitive Eater
Born Nov 25, 1983

Joseph Christian "Jaws" Chestnut is an American competitive eater. The 6-foot-tall (1.8 m), 218-pound (99 kg) engineering student is currently ranked first in the world by the International Federation of Competitive Eating. He is a Vallejo, California native who currently resides in San Jose, California.… Read More

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1983 Birth Born on November 25, 1983.


2005 - 2006 3 More Events
On July 4, 2007, Chestnut won the 92nd Annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, beating six-time defending champion Takeru "Tsunami" Kobayashi by consuming 66 hot dogs and buns (HDB) in 12 minutes, which set a new world record. … Read More
Chestnut started off 2008 very well by setting two new world records: (1) he devoured 241 wings in 30 minutes at the Wing Bowl XVI in Philadelphia on February 1(The record was broken by Takeru Kobayashi at the Wing Bowl XX in 2011. … Read More
On February 21, 2009, he consumed 10 and a half pounds of macaroni and cheese in seven minutes during halftime at the San Jose Stealth lacrosse game, beating out his contestants and adding another world record to his name.
On May 9, 2010 Chestnut won Shrimp Wontons eating in Singapore. … Read More
2011 27 Years Old 1 More Event
On July 4, 2011, he won his fifth-consecutive championship with 62 HDB. 2012 marked his sixth consecutive win, when Chestnut tied his own world record from 2009 by devouring 68 HDB. … Read More
On March 17, 2012 (St. Patrick's Day) Chestnut set a new world record by eating 20 half pound Corned Beef sandwiches in 10 minutes at the annual Toojay's Corned Beef eating competition in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. … Read More
On July 4, 2013, Chestnut successfully defended his title at Nathan's 98th Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York. … Read More


2014 30 Years Old On July 4, 2014, Chestnut ate more hot dogs than any of his opponents, narrowly defeating competitor Matt Stonie. … Read More
2015 31 Years Old The couple split up in early 2015, prior to their scheduled wedding date. … Read More
On July 4, 2016, Chestnut regained the championship belt from Matt Stonie by eating 70 hot dogs; 3.5 hot dogs short of his record setting qualifying round.
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