It was a hot and humid Fourth of July this year on Coney Island in New York when defending champion Joey “Jaws” Chestnut won his eleventh Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, but Chestnut perservered and broke the world record for hot dog eating, downing an astounding 74 dogs and buns in 10 minutes.
In the women’s category, defending champion Miko Sudo emerged victorious, housing 38 1/2 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes.
This is Chestnut’s job now. He makes his living as a professional celebrity in the world of competitive eating, telling ESPN’s Kieran Darcy, “I never imagined it’d be my full-time gig. But now it is, the last seven years. I travel pretty much every weekend of the summer. And then during the winter, I still do appearances and a couple contests here and there. So I stay busy, and I basically get to travel around the world and eat.”
“I still love it,” Chestnut added. “It’s addicting, beating the heck out of people and eating hot dogs and making people smile. I do feel like garbage afterwards, but so what? Most people feel like garbage after a long day of work.”
Well, that’s one way of looking at it. Congrats to the champs.