It was close for a few minutes, and then “Jaws” pulled away. Joey Chestnut ate 62 hot dogs Monday to capture his fifth title in a row in Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest.

“Winning tastes pretty good. I feel great,” Chestnut said. “It was hot out here but that didn’t really affect me.”

After an event in Washington, D.C., in a day or so, the 27-year-old Chestnut will head back to his normal life as a construction engineer in San Jose, Calif.

“My girlfriend didn’t even make the trip out here to Coney Island,” Chestnut said. “She just told me to come back in one piece.”

It’s really not much of a contest anymore, as Chestnut has dominated the past five years. Patrick “Deep Dish” Bertoletti finished second with 53, while Tim Janus finished with 45.

But what of past dog chomper champ, Takeru Kobayashi?




  1. Gary, the dangerous infidel says:

    If they held this contest in Zimbabwe, Nathan’s would be overrun with more contest entrants than they could handle.

  2. Nolimit662 says:

    Any why are we such an obese nation again? Oh yeah, we glorify things such as this.

  3. admfubar says:

    Hot dogs, Armour hot dogs
    What kind of kids eat Armour Hot Dogs?
    Fat kids, skinny kids, kids who climb on rocks
    Tough kids, sissy kids, even kids with chicken pox
    love hot dogs, Armour Dot Dogs
    The dogs kids love to bite!

    Oh I wish I were an Os-car Mayer Wie – ner
    That is what I’d tru-ly like to be
    ’cause if I were an Os-car May-er Wie – ner
    Ev-ery one would be in love with me.

    what does nathan’s have???

  4. Gildersleeve says:

    I think this qualifies as one of the more disgusting pictures ever posted here.

  5. foobar says:

    Takeru Kobayashi polished off 69 in 10 minutes at an independent event. I think Don King should step in and sort this out. What could possibly go wrong?

  6. sargasso_c says:

    We have found our new all American Olympic sport!

  7. sargasso_c says:

    #7. Foobar. I suppose you mean, 69 hotdogs?

    [Har! – ed.]

  8. foobar says:

    sargasso_c, what other possible meaning could there be?

    Reminder to self: buy new snorkel.

  9. #6 – It’s only disgusting if you don’t take a bath.

  10. foobar says:

    Sister Mary, it is a disgusting picture. Guys with hot dogs on their heads should be shot.

  11. LibertyLover says:

    I’m all for women with talented tongues, but that one just scares the willies out of me.

  12. TThor says:

    What a tongue!!! Jeezz….

  13. Skeptic says:

    I know a dog that can do that.

  14. wirelessg says:

    From Wikipedia, “Kobayashi did not compete in the contest in 2010 or 2011 due to his refusal to sign an exclusive contract with the event’s organizers. In 2010, Kobayashi was arrested after he walked up onto the stage after spectators began chanting “Let him eat”. On July 4, 2011, he competed on the rooftop of a Manhattan bar, 230 Fifth, for the duration of the Coney Island contest. Two judges observed Kobayashi while the live broadcast of the event played next to him on a large television screen. Kobayashi finished 69 hot dogs, one more than the recognized world record and seven more than Chestnut’s winning total in the 2011 contest. “I want to remain free to compete in the events that I want to compete in,” Kobayashi said. “Today was a great success.”[6] Informed of the number, Major League Eating president George Shea snapped, “The champion of the world is crowned in Coney Island. Always has been, always will be. He put a tin crown on his head and called himself king.”[7] However, the sports website Deadspin deemed Kobayashi’s solo appearance “an improbably perfect “up yours” to the Nathan’s hot dog eating contest.”

  15. deowll says:

    #2 Actually the top guy and gal hotdog eaters aren’t all that big or fat. I suppose they must diet or something after scarfing down 20,000 or so calories.

    Maybe their bodies simply refuse to digest that many calories at one go and it just passes on through. I don’t know.

  16. jbenson2 says:

    Looks like it’s been a slow news day at Dvorak Uncensored.

  17. jdmurray says:

    #17 It’s the fruit; they eat lots of fruit.

  18. Walley says:

    Eyuck! I wonder how much time they needed to take that disgusting picture

  19. GregAllen says:

    What are the health implications of these eating contests? Does a doctor monitor any of it?


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