Joey Chestnut is in a class of his own. I don’t know if I would personally want to be in that class but Joey Chestnut has earned a lot of money, has had ESPN broadcast his competitions, and is almost a household name. And for what? For eating more hot dogs in 10 minutes than you or I could probably eat in a week or even a month (you would have to eat eight hot dogs a day for one week to eat more than Joey Chestnut did on July 4th, 2010 at Coney Island).
Joey Chestnut would make his mamma proud. Chestnut is such a “big-boy” at eating that he not only cleans his plate like a good boy every time he eats, but he is so good at eating that he has made the “Major Leagues” of eating. The MLE (Major League of Eating) is an actual professional organization that sanctions such famous eating contests as the annual July 4th Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. See ifoce.com for more information about this organization.
Click here on video to see Joey Chestnut gobbling down hot dogs at the 2010 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest.
Joey Chestnut got off to a quick start, downing 10 Nathan’s Hot Dogs in just over a minute (a pace of 100). As the crowd chanted “Joey! Joey!” Chestnut began to slow. “I came out and knew what I had to do,” Chestnut said, according to foxsports.com. “I was slower than I wanted to be.” Before the match, which was nationally televised on ESPN, Chestnut said he hoped to gobble down at least 69 dogs to set a new world record, but had to bow out at 54.
The 6’1, 220 pound Chestnut, a California native who works as a construction engineer makes about $150,000 a year from competitive eating. Joey Chestnut has eaten 30-pieces of chicken wings just for a regular meal before.
Former Champ Arrested At Event
Professional eating is now so big-time (no pun intended) that former six-time champion Takeru Kobayashi was not allowed to jump a barricade to get to the stage in an apparent attempt to congratulate Chestnut. Instead, the NYC police arrested Kobayashi at Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. Is it possible that he was apprehended since he has not signed a contract with Major League Eating? Kobayashi has not signed so as to be free to compete in contests sanctioned by other groups.
Kobayashi used to be the biggest competition for Chestnut until Chestnut dethroned him in 2007. The closest competitor for Joey Chestnut in this year’s 95th Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest was Tim “Eater X” Janus, who ate 45. There were 14 competitors, including two women, in this year’s Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest.
Joey Chestnut claims to have eaten 72 hot dogs before in a practice…Chestnut actually has an endorsement with guess who?…Pepto-Bismol…How many calories does Chestnut absorb in such a victory? Roughly 15,000.