Joey Chestnut
American competitive eater
Joey Chestnut
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.
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Joey Chestnut is top dog in eating contest
CNN - 8 months
Joey "Jaws" Chestnut chomped through the Coney Island contest record to reclaim his title as "Hot Dog Eating Champion of the World' on Monday.
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Watch: Joey Chestnut Regains Championship in Hot Dog Eating Contest
ABC News - 8 months
The 70 hot dogs and buns gobbled by Chestnut were the most ever eaten at the annual July Fourth eating contest at Nathan's Famous on Coney Island.
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'Excuse Me, While I Eat The Sky' - I Eat Hot Dogs On Top Of Wonder Wheel
Huffington Post - 8 months
Coney Island is a magical historic place that is close to my heart, my soul, and especially my stomach. I am celebrating my fifteenth year as a Major League Eater July 4th on stage at the Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest as Nathan's celebrates it's 100th year. How often in life does one's stomach not only be a part of the collective digestive history of our country, but also eat something a century in the making? I honestly don't know what I will feel, either in my enteric or cranium bound brain, but I predict a sense of being one with everything. Ida and Nathan Handwerker opened their Nathan's hot dog stand on the corner of Stillwell and Surf Ave as their belief of "making it" in America -- they undercut the competitors wiener prices and charged 5 cents a dog for their secret spiced frankfurter. Today, Nathan's Famous is a behemoth corporation eternally linked to July 4th because of Major League Eating. I get to quaff one of their natural casing wieners a century la ...
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Watch Guy Down Nearly A Week's Calories In 2 Minutes
Huffington Post - about 1 year
  Matt Stonie is best known for dethroning Joey Chestnut to win the 2015 Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. But Stonie, the world's top-ranked competitive eater, is apparently a drinking man, too. Watch him gulp down 11,760 calories of blended weight-gain powder in just over 2 minutes. He also consumed 960 grams of protein -- about as much found in more than 26 servings of grilled chicken or 160 eggs. If you want to skip Stonie preparing his stunt, jump to the 4:20 mark above. But we can give away that it ends in discomfort. "Nobody said bulking was easy," Stonie says in the video. WebMD suggests an adult sedentary male to consume between 2,000 and 2,400 calories in a single day. Message to Stonie: Better hit the gym later. H/T Stack Also on HufffPost: (function(){var src_url="https://spshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?playList=518924382&height=&width=100&sid=577&origin=SOLR&videoGroupID=155847&rel ...
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Fear and Digesting in Las Vegas
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
I just canceled my flight to Las Vegas, which is bittersweet. Perhaps more sweet than bitter as the song goes, as I canceled because I have already qualified to compete at Nathan's Famous on July 4th in Coney Island. Major League Eaters get three shots at qualifying, and while I fell short in Plant City, Fla. in March, I did win the Atlanta Qualifier on April 12. Had I not, I'd be flying to Vegas this Friday. So canceling my flight was a tad bitter because, if the July 4th Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Contest is the patriotic destination, the Las Vegas qualifier at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas (this year on April 25th) is the American Dream journey. After all, what could be more patriotic than celebrating the birth of our great nation on its founding day at high noon by overeating frankfurters, but to become a competitor there, one must win one of the dozen U.S. qualifiers around the nation. Perhaps no other location is as hotly contested, as an important harbinger ...
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The Assassination of Twinkie the Kid by the Coward Crazy Legs Conti
Huffington Post - over 3 years
I intended to kill Twinkie the Kid. I was going to macerate, masticate and mash the cowboy themed foam filled Kid. I had arraigned to meet the yellow bellied sponge cakester at an hour past high noon at the World Twinkie Eating Championship at the Bally's Tunica Casino. The Casino has a weathered barn look and the folks there we all glad to see me and have a Twinkie shoot out (or stuff in). The clock started and down the table Joey Chestnut was slamming three Twinkies at a time into his mouth, until the foamy whiteness leaked onto his cheeks. It looked like yellow waves crashing into a saliva soaked cave. Joey would consume an astonishing 121 Twinkies in six minutes. Matt Stonie, aka "The Stone Ranger," would crush 111 Twinkies, finishing just behind Joey. I would finish a couple of bites behind in a close 6th place, eating 28. I know I was leading in the early three seconds. The truth is, I had it out for Twinkie the Kid, but he whipped my behind, stomach and various other body p ...
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Eating Champion Devours Stomach-Churning Number Of Twinkies
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Imagine yourself finishing that first golden, spongy, creamy Twinkie -- your hunger begins to dissipate and your sugar high kicks in. Now imagine shov... Read more: Joey Chestnut Twinkies, Video, Twinkies, Joey Chestnut, Twinkie Eating Contest, Twinkie Eating, Major League Eating, Joey Chestnut 121 Twinkies, Joey Chestnut Wins Twinkie Eating Competition, Weird News News
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They Can Shut Down the Government, but They Can't Stop the Chili
Huffington Post - over 3 years
In 1968, as Washington, D.C. was overcome by riots, Ben's Chili Bowl on U Street not only stayed open, but served the rioters on one side and the police on the other, proving that governments may be protested, chaos may reign in the streets, but chili brings only peace. The streets of D.C. this past October 12th are very quiet: The usual hum of government activity silenced due to the shut down. However, at the Taste of D.C., 30,000 vocal locals have gathered, not in protest, but in celebration of the great food and drink of the district. Food trucks, like the Cajunator line the fenced off streets while pop up stands from El Tamarindo, Woodlands Vegan Bistro and the Thunderpig Confectionary offer their signature items. Puposas mingle with samosas, pizza with pho and donuts with dessert wine. Ben's Chili Bowl has two pop up tents serving their signature chili cheese dogs, half-smokes and bowls of their presidential approved beef chili. The center stage bears the banner that is the b ...
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Gooey Girls Gone Wild for Wings
Huffington Post - over 3 years
MC George Shea, the hyperbolically hilarious evil genius under the boater hat and behind the 4th of July Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, and other Eating events around the world, insists his International Federation of Competitive Eating is not only a sport, but mankind's ONLY sport. "Competitive Eating is the most fundamental sport now practiced by mankind... it is man and food. The very essence of what it means to be an animal on this Earth, which is to succeed, which is to eat and to win. All other so-called sports are fatuous. The only sport potentially more fundamental than competitive eating would be competitive breathing... which is not as exciting to watch and has the potential for hyperventilation." Eat or be eaten. That is why, for the past 12 Labor Day Weekends, Shea and his odd gaggle of Competitive Eaters have descended on the birthplace of the Chicken Wing: to give the Buffalo what every sports town wants -- A World Championship. Since it's invention/discovery ...
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Food Challenges: 12 Contests For Extreme Eaters (PHOTOS)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
From Man vs. Food to Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, it seems the U.S. is a bit obsessed with pushing the limits of food consumption. But lucky for amateur extreme eaters, you don't have to be Adam Richman or Joey Chestnut to participate in some of the craziest food challenges out there. Besides the obvious bragging rights and lifelong pride at stake, many of these food challenges also offer free food to the victors. From pounds of pancakes to gallons of soup, are you brave enough to take on these massive amounts of food? Want to read more from HuffPost Taste? Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Tumblr.
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The Buffalo Wing Festival in Two Bites. Part Two: I Am Woman, Hear My Stomach Roar!
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Asking someone where the best chicken wings in Buffalo, NY are is like asking them to pick their favorite child, but year after year, the discussion continues with no clear winner in sight. I'll add my favorite three in no particular order, Gabriel's Gate in the Allentown section serves a wing that sings in perfect pitch, elevating the wing form to fine dining. Duff's serves its wings in wooden bowls with sauce as a dipping soup as if the wing can be a solid, a liquid, and by the process of sublimation, a spicy mist that hits the nostrils with Pavlovian longing. In the non-traditional sauce category, no one does it better than Cole's on Elwood. They have a baked parmesan wing that brings tears to my eyes and napkins to my shirt. On the Major League Eating circuit the hot dog is the toughest food in competition due to the meat and bun combo, but the chicken wing is the most difficult. The chicken wing, both the drumstick (or bat) and the paddle (or flat) requires jaw strength, rhythm, a ...
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Todd Hartley: I'm With Stupid: Man vs. Way More Food Than He Can Handle
Huffington Post - over 3 years
I've always thought of myself as a pretty impressive glutton. Back in high school, when other kids were cruising through calculus and physics, I considered lunch my best subject. I couldn't figure out a derivative if my life depended on it (and I just had to look that up to remember what the hell calculus was about), but I could inhale a ham-and-cheese sandwich, a bag of chips, an apple and four Oreos faster than anyone I knew. Given that, it might come as a shock to some of you to learn that I'm not filthy rich. I mean, if a man can't get paid handsomely for making food disappear at an alarming rate, what has the world come to, right? Unfortunately, in my case, that's not the case. You see, somewhere along the line, someone mistakenly convinced me that I could write well and thus consigned me to a life of abject poverty. If only I'd had a mentor like Joey Chestnut or Takeru Kobayashi to take me under his wing and show me the benefits of life as a competitive eater, I ha ...
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Baseball pitcher's horrific hot-dog-eating injury
USA Today - over 3 years
We are not all Joey Chestnut, apparently.
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Crazy Legs Conti: Is Competitive Eating Too Sexy for the 4th of July?
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Someone who can fit sixty-eight wieners in his mouth must be confident in his sexuality, however, Joey "Jaws" Chestnut, in a July 4th burst, irrevocably changed the innuendo, forever linking his mouth with the number, "69" by eating that world record number of hot dogs in just ten minutes. Oh, he also ate the buns. Freud said, "Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar." Groucho Marx countered (upon meeting a mother of 10 children), "that he enjoys his cigar, but sometimes takes it out of his mouth." Am I the only one who found the Nathan's International Hot Dog Eating Contest closer to pornography than peristalsis? Did you notice the grunting, sweating, writhing, the stuffing and bun lubing (in water, fruit punch, or lemonade)...the agony and ecstasy on each competitor's face. It was an orgiastic celebration harkening back to the Roman's Vomitoriums (minus the purging due to disqualification), it was an emetophiliac's wet dream (adding the rule, "you heave you leave"), it was a sab ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Joey Chestnut
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 32
    On September 4, 2016, he won his third consecutive title at the United States Chicken Wing Eating Championships in Buffalo, New York by eating 188 wings in 12 minutes.
    More Details Hide Details Chestnut trains by fasting and by stretching his stomach with milk, water and protein supplements. Since the start of his competitive eating career, his competition weight has varied from. 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.″
    On July 4, 2016, Chestnut redeemed himself with 70 hot dogs and buns with Stonie behind with 53 hot dogs and buns starting up his streak again.
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    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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  • 2015
    Age 31
    The couple split up in early 2015, prior to their scheduled wedding date.
    More Details Hide Details Chestnut lost the 2015 Hot Dog eating contest to Matt Stonie.
  • 2014
    Age 30
    On July 4, 2014, Chestnut ate more hot dogs than any of his opponents, narrowly defeating competitor Matt Stonie.
    More Details Hide Details He successfully ate 61 hot dogs to Stonie's 56, making this his 8th consecutive win. Prior to the event, Chestnut proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Neslie Ricasa. On July 4, 2015, Chestnut was defeated by Stonie. He successfully ate 60 hot dogs, but Stonie improved since 2014 and consumed 62 hot dogs, ending Chestnut's eight-year run as champion.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2013
    Age 29
    On September 22, 2013, Chestnut ate 70 bratwursts to set the world record and take his fourth straight title, at the Hillshire Farm Bratwurst Eating World Championship held at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati in Cincinnati, OH.
    More Details Hide Details Chestnut has said upon many occasions that his favorite food is prime rib, not hot dogs.
    On July 25, 2013, Chestnut ate 179 wings in 10 minutes taking the title for the second year in a row at the Hooters World Wing-Eating Championship held in Clearwater, Florida.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details He beat his own world record of 68 by consuming 69 HDB in 10 minutes, which earned him his 7th Mustard Belt for this competition.
  • 2012
    Age 28
    On October 13, 2012, Chestnut won the Third Annual Smoke's Poutinerie World Poutine Eating Championships in Toronto, Ontario by consuming 19 boxes (9.5 pounds) of poutine in 10 minutes.
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    On September 2, 2012 Chestnut consumed 191 wings (7.61 pounds) in 12 minutes to win the 1st place competitive-eating trophy at the National Buffalo Wing Festival in Buffalo, New York.
    More Details Hide Details He defeated the previous five-year champion Sonya Thomas.
    On August 27, 2012 Chestnut cursed at Hofmann Hot dog and Kobayashi, stating in a Twitter post, "Congrats to @FReeKobio704 for eating a bunch of nasty Hoffman crap dogs.
    More Details Hide Details He needed an ego boost after 3 years of dodging competition."
    On July 4, 2012, Chestnut successfully defended his title at Nathan's 97th Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York.
    More Details Hide Details He tied his own world record by swallowing 68 HDB in 10 minutes, which earned him his 6th "mustard belt" for this competition.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Pat "Deep Dish" Bertoletti finished in second place.
  • 2011
    Age 27
    On July 4, 2011, Chestnut secured his fifth straight Nathan's Hotdog Eating Contest, by consuming 62 HDB.
    More Details Hide Details Kobayashi, who could not participate in the contest because of his refusal to sign the required contract, ate 69 HDB at an off-site event with independent judges to establish a new world record. Joe graduated from San Jose State in 2012.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In 2013, Chestnut captured his seventh straight title, eating a total of 69 HDB, breaking his previous world record. In 2014, Chestnut captured his eighth straight title eating a total of 61 HDB. Joey Chestnut proposed to his longtime girlfriend Neslie Ricasa just before defending his title in the 2014 Nathan's competition.
  • 2010
    Age 26
    On September 25, 2010, at the Phantom Gourmet Food Fest in Boston, Massachusetts, Chestnut won the Upper Crust Pizza Eating competition by taking down 37 slices in 10 minutes.
    More Details Hide Details He beat the Notorious BOB Shoudt by 1 slice.
    On September 18, 2010, Chestnut ate his way to a First-Ever Pepto Bismol Bratwurst Eating Championship at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio.
    More Details Hide Details Chestnut devoured 42 Queen City Sausage brats in 12 minutes.
    On July 4, 2010, Chestnut secured his fourth straight Nathan's Hotdog Eating Contest, by consuming 54 HDB in what he himself describes as a disappointing performance.
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    On May 9, 2010 Chestnut won Shrimp Wontons eating in Singapore.
    More Details Hide Details Chestnut ate 380 wontons in 8 minutes to set a new world record.
  • 2009
    Age 25
    On September 27, 2009, Chestnut lost to Takeru Kobayashi in Krystal Square Off World Hamburger Eating Championship.
    More Details Hide Details He ate 81 hamburgers. Kobayashi ate 93. On Man v. Food, San Jose, Chestnut ate Iguana's Burritozilla: a 5-pound, 17-inch burrito in 3 minutes, 10 seconds.
    On July 4, 2009, Chestnut topped his previous record of 59 hot dogs and buns by consuming 68 HDB in the 2009 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest.
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    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.
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  • 2008
    Age 24
    On 12 October 2008, he consumed 45 slices of pizza, winning the "Famous Famiglia World Pizza Eating Championship", which was held in New York's Times Square.
    More Details Hide Details This would be a brief record until Bertoletti would consume 47 slices a few weeks later.
    On 23 August 2008, Chestnut defeated #2 IFOCE ranked competitive eater Pat "Deep Dish" Bertoletti in the 2nd Gyoza Eating Championship in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, California.
    More Details Hide Details He devoured 231 gyoza, setting a new world record; he beat his previous record of 212, set in the inaugural event in 2006 when he narrowly defeated Sonya "Black Widow" Thomas (210). Thomas did not attend the 2008 event due to budgetary and travel costs.
    On 28 July 2008, Chestnut lost to Takeru Kobayashi in Chicken Satay eating in the MLE Asia inaugural event.
    More Details Hide Details He consumed just over 4 kilograms to Kobayashi's almost 5.5.
    On 4 July 2008, Chestnut tied Takeru Kobayashi in the annual Nathan's Hot Dog Contest after eating 59 HDB in 10 minutes.
    More Details Hide Details The tie resulted in a 5-hotdog eat-off, which Chestnut won by consuming all 5 hot dogs before Kobayashi. The 59 is a new record in the competition based on the reduction from 12 minutes to 10 minutes. Chestnut weighed in at 102 kilograms (225 pounds).
    On 21 June 2008, Chestnut lost to Takeru Kobayashi in a Pizza Hut P'Zone competition at Sony Studios in Culver City, California.
    More Details Hide Details The competition aired on Spike TV on June 21.
    On 24 March 2008, Chestnut set a new record at The Big Texan Steak Ranch restaurant in Amarillo, Texas by eating a meal of 72-ounce ribeye steak, salad, baked potato, shrimp cocktail, and roll in just 8 minutes 52 seconds.
    More Details Hide Details Shortly after, on his show on KKLA, Frank Pastore, the previous record holder, congratulated Chestnut. (The overall human record is 4 minutes 18 seconds, done by Molly Schuyler on 19 April 2015, on her first of three meals. She subsequently had two more meals, and completed them all after 20 minutes elapsed.)
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Kobayashi ate 337 wings), and (2) he ate 78 matzo balls during Kenny & Ziggy's World Matzoh Ball Eating Championship in Houston, Texas on March 2.
  • 2007
    Age 23
    On October 28, 2007, between 2:33 and 2:41, Chestnut ate 103 Krystal burgers in the Krystal Square Off World Hamburger Eating Championship in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
    More Details Hide Details This was Chestnut's personal best, and is the new world record.
    On July 4, 2007, Chestnut and Kobayashi battled the field in a record-setting hot dog eating battle in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York, at Nathan's Contest.
    More Details Hide Details Chestnut knocked off Kobayashi 66–63, leading to the latter's first defeat in the contest in six years.
    In 2007, Chestnut won the Wing Bowl XV, an annual Philadelphia event at the Wachovia Center.
    More Details Hide Details In this competition, he ate 182 chicken wings in 30 minutes, becoming a Wing Bowl champion and record holder. Chestnut was seen on a YouTube video drinking a gallon of milk in 41 seconds.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, he successfully defended his title by winning a 5 hot dog eat-off after tying Kobayashi in consuming 59 HDB in 10 minutes. On July 4, 2009, Chestnut outlasted Kobayashi again, by consuming a new world record of 68 HDB and winning his third consecutive title. On July 4, 2010, Chestnut took home his 4th consecutive Mustard Belt eating 54 HDB. The 2010 contest was a runaway victory, as Kobayashi did not compete due to a contract dispute with Major League Eating.
  • 2006
    Age 22
    Chestnut qualified for the 2006 Nathan's Contest by eating 50 hot dogs with buns (HDB).
    More Details Hide Details As July 4 approached, there was speculation that 2006 might be the year when Kobayashi would be beaten. It was not to be, however. Although Chestnut turned in a great performance, leading Takeru Kobayashi through most of the contest, the final tally put Chestnut at 52 and Kobayashi at (a new world record). Chestnut lost to Kobayashi in the Johnsonville World Bratwurst Eating Championship in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He ate 41 bratwurst sausages in 10 minutes. Kobayashi ate 58.
  • 2005
    Age 21
    On October 22, 2005, Chestnut set a new world record for downing 32.5 grilled cheese sandwiches in 10 minutes at the Arizona State Fair, as part of the GoldenPalace.net World Grilled Cheese Eating Championship circuit.
    More Details Hide Details Chestnut defeated Sonya Thomas in the Waffle House World Waffle Eating Championship and placed second to her in a Krystal Square Off World Hamburger Eating Championship qualifier, downing 56 Krystal Burgers in eight minutes to her 57. He later beat her by eating 91 hamburgers in the finals, finishing second to the 97 hamburgers consumed by Takeru Kobayashi.
    Chestnut, a San Jose State University student, entered the competitive eating scene in 2005 with a break-out performance in the deep-fried asparagus eating championship, in which he beat high-ranked eater Rich LeFevre by eating 6.3 pounds of asparagus in 11.5 minutes.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, during Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest, he downed 32 dogs, placing third behind Takeru Kobayashi and Sonya Thomas.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1983
    Born
    Born on November 25, 1983.
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