Hot Dog Eating Competitions

Nathan's Famous Hotdog Eating Contest is held in Coney Island, New York on July 4th each year. The aim of the competition was to eat the most number of hot dogs in 12 minutes, which was reduced to 10 minutes in 2008.

In recent years, the competition has been dominated by Joey Chestnut from California. Here is a list of past winners and the total number of hot dog consumed within the time limit. A women's event was added in 2011.

In 2015, Matt Stonie ended the 8 year winning streak of Joey Chestnut, eating 62 hot dogs to Joey's 60. However, Chestnut has regained his title, winning it for the 11th time in 2018.

List of Nathan's Famous Hotdog Eating Contest Winners (men's)

Year Winner Hot Dogs
2018 Joey Chestnut 74
2017 Joey Chestnut 72
2016 Joey Chestnut 70
2015 Matt Stonie 62
2014 Joey Chestnut 61
2013 Joey Chestnut 69
2012 Joey Chestnut 68
2011 Joey Chestnut 62
2010 Joey Chestnut 54
2009 Joey Chestnut 68
2008 Joey Chestnut 59
2007 Joey Chestnut 66
2006 Takeru Kobayashi 53 ¾
2005 Takeru Kobayashi 49
2004 Takeru Kobayashi 53 ½
2003 Takeru Kobayashi 44 ½
2002 Takeru Kobayashi 50 ½
2001 Takeru Kobayashi 50
2000 Kazutoyo Arai 25 1/8
1999 Steve Keiner 21 ½
1998 Hirofumi Nakajima 19
1997 Hirofumi Nakajima 24
1996 Edward Krachie 22
1995 Edward Krachie 19 ½
1994 Michael DeVito 20
1993 Michael DeVito 17
1992 Frank Dellarosa 19
1991 Frank Dellarosa 21
1990 Michael DeVito 16
1989 Jay Green 13
1988 Jay Green 14
1987 Don Wolfman 12
1986 Don Wolfman 12
1985 Oscar Rodriguez 11 ¾
1984 Birgit Felden 9 ½

Hot Dog Eating ContestHot Dog eating Champion

At the 2004 World Hotdog Eating Championships on July 4th, Takeru Kobayashi, also known as "Food Fighter", or "Tsunami", gulped down 53½ hotdogs in just 12 minutes to set a new world record! That works out to more than one dog every 15 seconds. Again in 2006, Takeru broke his own World Record, with a fraction more shoved in, 53¾. He won the event every year between 2001-2006. In 2007, Kobayashi lost the title in a tight competition to American Joey Chestnut. That ended Kobayashi's 6 year winning streak. Chestnut broke the world record in 2009 when he ate 68 hot dogs (and buns), then again in 2010 eating 69.

Takeru KobayashiWhat is more impressive, is that Takeru weighs only 131 pounds. The prize for being the world champion, he is awarded a trophy, the championship belt and most importantly a year's supply of hotdogs.

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