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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Infighting threatens Bayern Munich's long Bundesliga dominance
LATimes - 5 months
For the last five years Bayern Munich has viewed its competition the same way Joey Chestnut views a hot dog: as something to be devoured as quickly and completely as possible. Over that time Bayern has lost just 12 of 170 Bundesliga games, outscoring opponents by more than 52 goals a season. It...
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Joey Chestnut Defends Nathan's Title, Gobbling a Record 72 Hot Dogs
Wall Street Journal - 8 months
Joey ‘Jaws’ Chestnut powered his way to a 10th title, continuing his record-setting reign as the champion at the annual Nathan’s Famous July Fourth hot-dog eating contest.
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Joey Chestnut wins 10th title, gobbles a record 72 hot dogs
Yahoo News - 8 months
NEW YORK (AP) — Joey "Jaws" Chestnut gulped, chomped and powered his way to a 10th title on Tuesday, continuing his record-setting reign as the chowing champion at the annual Nathan's Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest.
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Joey Chestnut Sets New Record At Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest
Huffington Post - 8 months
The defending men’s championship winner wolfed down 72 dogs -- 12 more than the second-place finisher.
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Joey Chestnut is top dog in eating contest
CNN - over 1 year
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 - over 1 year
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 - over 1 year
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 l...
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Watch Guy Down Nearly A Week's Calories In 2 Minutes
Huffington Post - about 2 years
  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="
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Fear and Digesting in Las Vegas
Huffington Post - almost 3 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 4 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 ...
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Eating Champion Devours Stomach-Churning Number Of Twinkies
Huffington Post - over 4 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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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Joey Chestnut
  • 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.
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    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.
    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.
  • 2015
    Age 31
    The couple split up in early 2015, prior to their scheduled wedding date.
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  • 2014
    Age 30
    On July 4, 2014, Chestnut ate more hot dogs than any of his opponents, narrowly defeating competitor Matt Stonie.
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  • 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.
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    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.
    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.
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  • 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.
    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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  • 2011
    Age 27
    On July 4, 2011, Chestnut secured his fifth straight Nathan's Hotdog Eating Contest, by consuming 62 HDB.
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    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.
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  • 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.
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    On September 18, 2010, Chestnut ate his way to a First-Ever Pepto Bismol Bratwurst Eating Championship at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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    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.
    On May 9, 2010 Chestnut won Shrimp Wontons eating in Singapore.
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  • 2009
    Age 25
    On September 27, 2009, Chestnut lost to Takeru Kobayashi in Krystal Square Off World Hamburger Eating Championship.
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    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.
    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.
  • 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.
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    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.
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    On 28 July 2008, Chestnut lost to Takeru Kobayashi in Chicken Satay eating in the MLE Asia inaugural event.
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    On 4 July 2008, Chestnut tied Takeru Kobayashi in the annual Nathan's Hot Dog Contest after eating 59 HDB in 10 minutes.
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    On 21 June 2008, Chestnut lost to Takeru Kobayashi in a Pizza Hut P'Zone competition at Sony Studios in Culver City, California.
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    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.
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    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.
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  • 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.
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    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.
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    In 2007, Chestnut won the Wing Bowl XV, an annual Philadelphia event at the Wachovia Center.
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    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.
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  • 2006
    Age 22
    Chestnut qualified for the 2006 Nathan's Contest by eating 50 hot dogs with buns (HDB).
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  • 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 World Grilled Cheese Eating Championship circuit.
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    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.
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  • 1983
    Born on November 25, 1983.
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