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?