Hot dog eater extraordinaire Joey Chestnut captured the Mustard Belt once again by downing 62 HDBs (hot dogs and buns) in ten minutes at the annual July 4th Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Brooklyn, N.Y.
But Chestnut’s total was apparently eclipsed by Japan’s Takeru Kobayashi, who was forced to eat his dogs in exile on a rooftop in Manhattan due to a contract dispute with Major League Eating. His record-breaking total of 69 HDBs was overseen by New York State Athletic Association judges Brian Adams and Tyrone Jackson. That was one more than Chestnut’s 2009 record-setting performance.
Chestnut, a native of San Jose, Calif., said he was “feeling good” after eating those 62 HDBs. In the official Coney Island event, second place went to Pat “Deep Dish” Bertoletti with 55 HDBs, and the third place finisher was Tim “Eater X” Janus with 45. Chestnut has now won the event for five straight years.
Told of Kobayashi’s record-setting performance, Major League Eating president and hot dog contest master of ceremonies George Shea called it a “farce.” “The champion of the world is crowned in Coney Island. Always has been, always will be,” said Shea.”
In the unofficial contest held at the rooftop garden bar 230 Fifth, Kobayashi stood next to a 12-foot screen showing the Nathan’s Famous event telecast by ESPN and swallowed his 30th dog by the time Chestnut had downed his 24th. Kobayashi told AOL Weird News that Major League Eating representatives contacted him before the event, but they refused to drop their demand that he sign a restrictive contract for the right to compete at Coney Island.
In the inaugural women-only hot dog eating contest, Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas nabbed the $10,000 first place prize, downing 40 HDBs.
Highlights of the Independence Day events can be viewed in the New York Post video below.