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)
|2006||Takeru Kobayashi||53 ¾|
|2004||Takeru Kobayashi||53 ½|
|2003||Takeru Kobayashi||44 ½|
|2002||Takeru Kobayashi||50 ½|
|2000||Kazutoyo Arai||25 1/8|
|1999||Steve Keiner||21 ½|
|1995||Edward Krachie||19 ½|
|1985||Oscar Rodriguez||11 ¾|
|1984||Birgit Felden||9 ½|
Hot 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.
What 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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