Frankfurter-gumming phenomenon Joey “Jaws” Chestnut devoured his way to a 15th victory Monday at Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July hot dog eating competition, where he turned off 63 hot dogs and muffins at the annual show of profits.
In a crucial chowdown comeback, women record holder Miki Sudo put down 40 pastries and muffins to win the women’s title after skipping last year’s honest party because she was pregnant.
Monday also marked the competition’s return to its traditional location outside Nathan’s flagship store in Brooklyn’s Coney Island neighborhood. The event was moved in 2020 and last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“It’s beautiful to be back here” in front of a crowd of spectators, Chestnut told ESPN after his feat, which the 38-year-old managed while wearing a surgical boot due to a leg injury.
“It hurts, but I was a little in the zone. I ignored it,” Chestnut said, but the pain eventually slowed his pace in the 10-minute competition.
Last year, the resident of Westfield, Indiana, topped his own record by consuming 76 francs and muffins.
Sudo from Tampa, Florida, set the women’s record of 48 1/2 weiner and buns in 2020 before taking time off last year while he waited. She and Nick Wehry – a rival dining companion she met through the Nathans competition in 2018 – welcomed her son Max on July 8, 2021.
From father’s arms, the baby saw his 36-year-old mother reach her eighth Nathan’s victory. She subsequently told ESPN that she hoped he would one day take a message away from it.
“I want to be an example,” she said, “of doing things you love and pushing yourself to your absolute limits, and when things get tough, still trying it. And you know you can actually just come out victorious . “
Sudo then took over parental responsibility, while Wehry tried his hand at the men’s title.
In connection with the performance, Nathan donates 100,000 francs to the Food Bank for New York City.