Sunday 4th July 2021
World record in cult competition
Chestnut devours most hot dogs
It’s a rather fun kind of competition: Hungry people have once again met for a hot dog eating contest in New York’s Coney Island amusement park. The winner is an old friend and sets his own world record.
More than 22,000 calories in ten minutes: with 76 hot dogs eaten at the traditional eating contest in New York’s Coney Island amusement park, series champion Joey Chestnut set a new record. The 37-year-old Californian chewed 76 sausages in buns, adding a hot dog to his previous best performance of 2020. According to the organizers, this is a new world record.
Chestnut devoured a dozen hot dogs in the first minute alone. In the end, the dining professional was way ahead of his 16 colleagues. Second place went to Geoffrey Esper with 50 sausage sandwiches, while Nick Wehry, who placed third, managed 44 hot dogs. In the women’s class, the 37-year-old teacher Michelle Lesco won with just under 31 hot dogs (30.75). It was well below the women’s world record set by Miki Sudo last year with 48.5 hot dogs in ten minutes. It was Sudo’s seventh win in the competition. The 35-year-old fast eater missed this time, she is heavily pregnant.
In front of a cheering audience, the participants stood side by side at a long table and stuffed the sausages and rolls into themselves with both hands. Chestnut won the competition for the 14th time and once again lived up to its gobbler nickname “Jaws” – in German it means “Kiefer”, but is also the English original title of the classic film “Jaws”.
Thousands of people watched the spectacle. Last year, the event took place without spectators due to the coronavirus pandemic. In 2020, the number was limited to five weather eaters in the women’s and men’s ranks, they were separated from each other by plastic discs.
The prize for the winners: In addition to a bonus of 10,000 dollars, there is a yellow “Mustard Belt” (mustard belt), which is reminiscent of a winner’s belt in boxing matches. The Coney Island beachfront eating contest dates back to a 1972 marketing campaign and has been held annually on July 4th for the United States’ Independence Day ever since. The host is the fast-food restaurant Nathan’s Famous, which opened in 1916.