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Joey Chestnut Wins Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest in Record-Breaking Fashion

In a contest featuring unreal gluttons, Joey “Jaws” Chestnut stood out above the rest once again.

The competitive eating legend took home his 10th Mustard Belt title and $10,000 after winning the 2017 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, which is held every year at the Independence Day event on Coney Island in New York City. This time, Chestnut set a record for the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest by downing an astounding 72 hot dogs in just 10 minutes.

Chestnut’s main rival in the competition, Matt Stonie, managed to consume 48 hot dogs, finishing third place behind Chestnut and breakout eater Carmen Cincotti, who ate only four dogs less than this year’s champion. Stonie is the only person to have beaten Chestnut in the last decade at this contest.

Chestnut’s whopping 72-hot dog feat is a truly impressive caloric feat, as perfectly explained by ESPN’s Darren Rovell.

Basically, “Jaws” ate enough hot dogs to feed at least ten people for a day in ten minutes. Let that sink in for a minute. Despite those jaw-dropping numbers, Chestnut actually wasn’t too happy with his result, insisting that he could “do better” than the record-breaking number of hot dogs he had just eaten.

He’s definitely got some room to go, as his world-famous rival Takeru Kobayashi was once able to down over a hundred hot dogs in the same ten-minute time limit. Maybe Chestnut can get to that number next year? We’ll just have to wait and see, I guess.

By Constantine Spyrou

Constantine's life revolves around eating, studying, and talking about food. He's obsessed with eggs, gyros, and the future of food.