Defending champ Joey Chestnut sets record with 74 hot dogs

Lynette PayneJul 07, 2018

Joey Chestnut took home another victory at the 2018 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest on July 4 at New York's Coney Island Boardwalk. Once the judges noticed the error Chestnut's total increased to 74 ensuring he retained his title as the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Champion. This is Chestnut's 11th win.

Chestnut took home the Mustard Belt after downing 74 franks and buns in 10 minutes - two more than he did a year ago. After a lengthy review, it was determined the counters missed a plate, and Chestnut ate 74, not 64. Another name to keep an eye on is 24-year-old Carmen Cincotti, who gobbled down 60 hot dogs last year to finish second.

Miki Sudo said after eating 37 dogs and buns that the heat may have slowed her down in winning the women's competition.

MORE: How Does Nathan's Famous Hot Dog-Eating Contest Actually Work?

The Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest's organizing body is considering a switch to automated scoring technology after judging mistakes briefly impacted the results of this year's event, according to a report Thursday.

Chestnut, who made his debut at Coney Island in 2005, has won every Fourth of July hot dog eating contest at Nathan's Famous since 2007 with the exception of 2015, when he was upset by Matt Stonie.

Hot dogs aren't the only food the professional eater is known for eating in massive quantities. Brooklyn district attorney Eric Gonzalez certified the final tally and Joey Chestnut's record of 74 hot dogs. For starters, while a hot dog and its bun have to be eaten, they don't have to be eaten together.

"I feel like I can do it".

"I'm having fun - as long as I'm happy and healthy, I'm good", he said.

But that wasn't enough competition for Scott, who was eating hot dogs three at a time, coming in as the clear victor after quickly eating a total of seven.

"Compared to Joey Chestnut, it's not much", Neave explained.

Both Chestnut and Sudo will take home a $10,000 first-place prize. Sudo downed 41 dogs previous year. She defeated 18 others including second-place finisher Michelle Lesco, who ate 28, as well as record-holder Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas.

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