Joey Chestnut wins 12th hot dog eating title

11-time defending champion Joey Chestnut is the overwhelming favorite at the 2019 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest

The 2019 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest will begin at Noon ET on ESPN 2.

"I was going for 75, I always love to get a new record", Chestnut told ESPN. His title hasn't been questioned since his 2015 defeat by fellow American Matt Stonie, who also competed this year at Coney Island.

The dog days of summer are upon us.

Chestnut, a native of Vallejo, California, won the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest for the first time in 2007, edging out six-time victor Takeru Kobayashi a year after finishing second to him. "I don't know if it was the heat or what".

Chestnut threw out the first pitch at a New York Mets game on Sunday. Joey is truly unmatched when it comes to hot dog eating contests.

"It wasn't my best number, the numbers were pretty low across the board". "I mean, there are times when I'm not eating buns if I'm on a low carb diet".

Joey "Jaws" Chestnut and Miki Sudo clinched victory in the annual Nathan's Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest Thursday.

In June, she won the inaugural Wild Rice Hot Dish-Eating Contest, putting away 14 pounds in eight minutes.

'I'm super grateful for everybody who came out here to support, ' Sudo said. This is just a straight capacity contest.

But the 35-year-old Chestnut said Wednesday that he'll "find a rhythm and do what it takes" to win the Fourth of July eat-off in Brooklyn's beachside Coney Island neighborhood.

Chestnut says at the end of the day, the amount of food consumed at the competition is "very small" - and notes that Major League Eating is very involved in donating to food banks around the country.

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