Saturday, 22 September, 2018

Everything You Need to Know About Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest

This is your body after 70 hot dogs competitors and doctors dish on Nathan’s contest side effects Carmen Cincotti competes against Joey Chestnut during the 2017 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest
Melissa Porter | 06 July, 2018, 04:58

We're talking about an event as quintessentially American as they come: a hot dog eating contest. The defending champion won his 11th Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest on July 4.

Shea has developed a following for his enthusiastic, all-in emceeing of the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, especially his way of introducing competitors.

"Oh my God, I got in a vicious rhythm", a sweaty Chestnut said.

"I feel like I can do it".

In the ladies' competition, Miki Sudo claimed victory by downing 37 hot dogs in 10 minutes.

Reigning champion Joey Chestnut, celebrates with Master of ceremonies George Shea, right, and Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, after winning the men's competition of the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July hot dog eating contest in the final seconds of the competition. That said, Chestnut previous year earned almost $139 for every hot dog he ate.

There was some controversy however, Chestnut didn't break the record after the initial count.

"I really wasn't looking to beat my personal best or even a record".

He ate 10 more dogs than Carmen Cincotti.

The second place victor managed to eat 45, which is still impressive, but pales in comparison to Chestnut's 74.

Interest in the competition has grown in recent years thanks in large part to the rivalry of star eaters like Chestnut.

Michelle Lesco, left, poses in a stare-down with defending women's champion Mika Sudo during Nathan's Famous International Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest weigh-in at the Empire State Building on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in NY. The 50-year-old has set 19 world records, and still holds the women's record at this event, set in 2012, when she consumed 45 hot dogs and buns.

Nathan's Famous hot dog brand turns 100 this Memorial Day weekend.