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Who is Joey “Jaws” Chestnut? He’s essentially the most well-known sizzling canine eater on this planet! The 40-year-old is a 16-time winner of Nathan’s well-known Fourth of July sizzling dog-eating contest, held at Maimonides Park on Coney Island on the Fourth of July every year. The aggressive eater has received the title a whopping 15 occasions, and he holds the file for having eaten 76 sizzling canines in 10 minutes (a feat he completed in 2021).

Joey poses with some sizzling canines forward of the 2023 competitors. (Erik Pendzich/Shutterstock)

Nevertheless, the well-known competitor was banned from competing on the 2024 contest resulting from a deal he made with Unattainable Meals. Joey took him his sixteenth title through the 2023 competitors. Whereas he fell in need of his private finest, he nonetheless managed to come back out on high by consuming 62 sizzling canines in 10 minutes.

Forward of the 2023 competitors, Joey received the primary ever Qdoba Burrito Consuming contest in April, when he ate 14.5 burritos in 10 minutes. After taking residence his victory in 2022, he additionally broke information for many Elevating Cane’s hen fingers in 5 minutes (44) in July 2022 and by consuming 32 servings of 24oz popcorn in eight minutes in August.

Joey additionally had numerous obstacles to beat: he suffered a compound fracture of his proper leg requiring two surgical procedures and practically two weeks in hospital again in December 2021. Past that, he additionally injured a tendon in a proper leg, and arrived in NY in a solid. In Might, he examined optimistic for COVID-19, forcing him to drop out of a doughnut consuming competitors. Through the 2022 competitors, a protester dressed like Darth Vader tried to interrupt the competitors with an indication, leaping over the barricade. Joey shortly put the protester in a chokehold earlier than safety might take away the person. As if all of that wasn’t a mountain to wade by means of, he misplaced his mom in June 2022, which he informed media by means of tears. “That is new floor for me, having to take care of this,’’ he mentioned throughout a pre-competition interview. “[My mom] wouldn’t need me to overlook the competition…It’s undoubtedly going to be a better contest than it was final 12 months,’’ he added.

Joey is actually unmatched in relation to sizzling dog-eating contests. Study all about him, right here.

Joey has received numerous competitions

Joey received his very first Nathan’s Sizzling Canine Consuming Contest in 2007, defeating champion Takeru Kobayashi. He received yearly till he was overwhelmed by Matt Stonie in 2015. Since that one surprising loss to Matt, Joey has but to be overwhelmed once more within the annual sizzling canine consuming contest on July 4. Joey has change into the face of consuming contests.


He has no plans to reitre

“I do know ultimately I’ll give it up for one purpose or one other,” Joey informed HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY. “Both if I’ve a household ultimately. If I wish to reside a extra regular life and might’t journey as a lot or if ever my well being adjustments or if I’ve a well being challenge that will be a purpose. However I’d love… I imply these previous three years I’ve been attempting to eat more healthy and operating extra and I hope I can proceed that development so I might lengthen this so long as I can as a result of I’ve had a standard job and I’ve needed to reply to bosses and have had nasty emails and checked schedules and altered orders and I imply I might return to all of that!”

He’s open to his youngsters following in his footsteps

When requested whether or not or not he’ll practice his youngsters in aggressive consuming, Joey informed HollywoodLife: “I don’t find out about coaching them however I’d inform them to do no matter makes them completely happy and I selected a level I needed to do and an organization I needed to work for and it made me completely happy after which it grew into one thing I’d have by no means imagined so I believe do no matter makes you content. At all times strive new issues and by no means shut any doorways.”

He as soon as proposed to an ex at a contest

Proper earlier than profitable the Nathan’s 2014 Sizzling Canine Consuming Contest, Joey proposed to his longtime girlfriend. Sadly, they break up in early 2015.

He doesn’t simply eat sizzling canines

Joey is an expert eater. He’s competed in consuming contests of grilled cheese sandwiches, waffles, burgers, wings, pizza, macaroni and cheese, bratwursts and extra. What a life!