Defending Champ Joey Chestnut Sets Record With 74 Hot Dogs

Joey Chestnut easily wins eleventh Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest

Joey Chestnut easily wins eleventh Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest

The five top-ranked eaters in the world are Chestnut, Carmen Cincotti, Matt Stonie, Geoffrey Esper and Sudo, according to Major League Eating.

Joey Chestnut won his 11th championship in record-breaking fashion at the annual Nathan's Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest on Wednesday.

The Fourth of July event, considered by some to be the Super Bowl of competitive eating, also featured 74-year-old Rich "The Locust" LeFevre - the oldest competitor in the contest's 101-year history. Thomas, who won this event three years in a row from 2011 to 2013, is a +300 underdog to knock off Sudo in head-to-head wagering. The prize money, as in years past, is $10,000 for the first place victor.

Hot dogs aren't the only food the professional eater is known for eating in massive quantities.

Competitors have 10 minutes to eat as many hot dogs and buns as possible, using any method they prefer.

Joey Chestnut wins the annual Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest, setting a new world record by eating 74 hot dogs in Brooklyn, New York, July 4, 2018.

Miki Sudo is looking for her third consecutive win in the women's competition. But, we're sure Miki is not anxious about that as both she and Joey get to take home $10,000 for their big win!

Sudo fell short of the 41 hot dogs she consumed previous year but still beat out second-place finisher Mischelle Lesco of Tuscon, Arizona, who chowed down 28 wieners and buns. CEO Eric Gatoff talks about how the company is celebrating a century of feeding NY, how it keeps up with increased competition, and the right way to dress a hot dog.

Frank Dellarosa crossed an important threshold in 1991 when he polished down 21.5 hot dogs, becoming the first trencherman to eat 20 or more hot dogs at the event.

Chestnut, 34, managed to break his world record of 73 hot dogs, set in 2016.

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