Fenom’s Joey “Jaws” Chestnut, who devours Frankfurter, won his 15th victory on Monday at Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest on July 4th, with 63 hot dogs at the annual over-exhibition. Powered down dogs and bread.
With a decisive bowdown comeback, female record holder Miki Sudo won the female title by downing 40 Wieners and Vans after skipping last year’s candid fest because she was pregnant.
Monday also showed that the contest returned to a traditional location outside Nathan’s flagship store in Brooklyn’s Coney Island district. The event was relocated in 2020 and last year due to a coronavirus pandemic.
“It’s beautiful to be back here,” Chestnut told ESPN in front of a large audience. His feat was managed by a 38-year-old man wearing surgical boots due to an injury to his leg.
“It hurts, but I was in the zone for a while. I was ignoring it,” said Chestnut, but the pain eventually slowed down in the 10-minute game.
Last year, residents of Westfield, Indiana consumed 76 flanks and buns to break their record.
Sudo of Tampa, Florida set a women’s record of 48 1/2 Winners and Vans in 2020, but last year disappointed and took off. She and Nick Wally, a fast-eating eater who met at the Nathan’s Contest in 2018, welcomed her son Max on July 8, 2021.
From his dad’s arm, the baby saw his 36-year-old mother mark Nathan’s 8th victory. She then told ESPN that he hoped he would someday steal a message from it.
“I want to set an example,” she said. “Do what you love, push the absolute limits, try when it gets difficult, and maybe it’s coming. You’ve won.”
Later, while Wally was aiming for a men’s title, Sudo took over the parenting mission.
In connection with the spectacle, Nathan’s will donate 100,000 Franks to a New York City food bank.