He’s the greatest eater in the history of mankind! Joey Chestnut won the Nathan’s 2016 Hot Dog Eating Contest. Want to know more about this famous food devourer? Here are 5 things to know about Joey!
Who is Joey Chestnut? He’s the most famous hot dog eater in the world! The 32-year-old downed a record 70 hot dogs in 10 minutes at Nathan’s 2016 Hot Dog Eating Contest on July 4 in Coney Island. To get up to speed on all things Joey, here are 5 key things to know about him!
1. This isn’t his first win!
Joey won his very first Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest in 2007, defeating champion Takeru Kobayashi. He won every year until being beaten by Matt Stonie in 2015. With his latest win, Joey has won nine Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contests.
2. This was his redemption year.
Joey’s biggest rival, Matt “The Megatoad” Stonie, shockingly beat him at the 2015 contest. It was a huge upset. Joey had been the consecutive winner of the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest since 2007. He beat Matt at the 2016 contest by 17 hot dogs.
3. He beat his own record this year!
At the Nathan’s 2016 Hot Dot Eating Contest, Joey ate a record of 70 hot dogs. He broke a new world record! Joey set the last record in 2013 when he ate a total of 69 hot dogs.
4. Joey proposed to his then-girlfriend at the 2014 contest.
Right before winning the Nathan’s 2014 Hot Dog Eating Contest, Joey proposed to his longtime girlfriend. Sadly, they split in early 2015.
5. He doesn’t just eat hot dogs.
Joey is a professional eater. He’s competed in eating contests of grilled cheese sandwiches, waffles, burgers, wings, pizza, macaroni and cheese, bratwursts and more. What a life!
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