Joey Chesnutt Wins 11th Nathan's Title By Eating Record 74 Hot Dogs

Joey "Jaws" Chestnut set a world record at the 102nd annual Nathan's Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest.

But everyone was vying for the title of hot dog eating champion at the July 4th Spectacular in downtown Baton Rouge, hosted by the USS Kidd Veterans and Memorial Museum.

Manual counts initially found that Joey Chestnut, the men's champion, had eaten 64 hot dogs, rather than the world record-breaking 74 hot dogs that he actually consumed.

Lesco finished second Wednesday at Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest in the women's division, knocking down over two dozen wieners in 10 minutes.

Eric Gonzalez, the Brooklyn district attorney, certified the final tally and Chestnut's record of 74, two more than he consumed previous year.

The first competition was held in 1972 and was won by Jason Schechter who only ate 14 hot dogs.

However, she ate 41 hot dogs in 2017. Chestnut and Sudo each took home the coveted mustard belt and $10,000 for their eating prowess.

There's nothing more American on the Fourth of July than watching grown men and women eat as many hot dogs as they can, buns and all, in 10 minutes.

It's hard for those of us who don't see eating as a competitive sport to imagine just how the human body can perform such a feat, and manage to keep it all the food down.

On the women's side, Miki Sudo is coming off her fourth consecutive victory and looks to be the clear favorite on Independence Day.

That appeared to pay off Wednesday, as Chestnut outpaced his 20 challengers in the competition's 102th year. Brooklyn district attorney Eric Gonzalez certified the final tally and Joey Chestnut's record of 74 hot dogs. Sudo downed 41 dogs past year. Sudo and Chestnut took home $10,000 each.

And it's not just the hot dogs either - it's the buns as well. "Apparently they were good dogs".

This year, ESPN announced that a new broadcaster would be calling the event - Adam Amin will get the gig, replacing Paul Page, who had called every contest since 2005.

  • Santos West