Joey Chestnut is an American competitive eater. He is currently ranked first in the world by Major League Eating. He is a California native and resides in Westfield, Indiana. Chestnut’s height is 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m); his weight is 230 pounds (100 kg).
After losing to Takeru “Tsunami” Kobayashi in 2005 and 2006, Chestnut won the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest on July 4, 2007, by swallowing a world record of 66 hot dogs and buns (HDB) in 12 minutes.
A hot dog eating competition was held the following year, and the winner took the championship by eating five hot dogs in 10 minutes, tying Kobayashi’s record of 59 HDB in ten minutes.
On July 4, 2009, Chestnut defeated Kobayashi for the third time in a row after swallowing a world record 68 HDB.
Chestnut won his fourth consecutive Mustard Belt on July 4, 2010, by devouring 54 HDB. Due to a contract conflict with Major League Eating, Kobayashi was unable to compete in the 2010 competition.
He won his sixth straight title with 62 HDB on July 4, 2011. In 2012, Chestnut set a new world record by consuming 68 HDB, his sixth consecutive victory.
By eating an incredible total of 69 HDB in 2013, Chestnut won his eighth straight championship. Chestnut ate 61 HDB to win his ninth straight title in 2014.
Matt Stonie defeated Chestnut in the 2015 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. To reclaim his title, Chestnut ate 70 hot dogs on July 4, 2016, falling just shy of his previous record of a record-breaking qualifying round.