Hot dog eaters weigh-in for Nathan's Famous 2018 competition

  • Hot dog eaters weigh-in for Nathan's Famous 2018 competition

Hot dog eaters weigh-in for Nathan's Famous 2018 competition

In 2007, Joey Chestnut unseated six-time defending champ Takeru Kobayashi in the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest and has only lost the title once since then, when Matt Stonie beat him in 2015. This is Chestnut's 11th win. There was some confusion regarding how many hot dogs Chestnut ate because one plate wasn't counted. Seconds after Chestnut's interview finished, ESPN2 switched over to cornhole, leaving everyone involved on the edge of their seats wondering whether Chestnut had indeed eaten 74, as he claimed, or 64, as the unofficial count said. Competitor Carmen Cincotti was also credited with eating 45 hot dogs, until it was discovered that he had consumed 64.

On the women's side, Miki Sudo won her fifth straight title, beating Michelle Lesco and Juliet Lee by gulping down 37 hot dogs.

According to ESPN, longtime Coney Island announcer George Shea told The Associated Press the judging was not up to snuff during this year's Nathan's hot dog eating contest.

Thousands of attendees, many donning mustard-colored hot dog caps, braved 83-degree temperatures and a heat index of 91 degrees to witness the annual July Fourth competition on the Coney Island boardwalk. The 35-year-old Baton Rouge native won a spot in the contest after qualifying in Houston by eating 39 hot dogs. That day, he broke his 2016 personal record of 70 dogs, and spectators are committed to seeing whether he can pull off a similar feat this year. There was a judging dispute in between-creating chaos for few minutes-but eventually, he was announced as the victor after eating more hot dogs than the running tally had indicated. While her grand total was four fewer than her tally past year, it was nine more than the closest challenger, Michelle Lesco.

Neave said he's eaten hundreds of hot dogs in the past two months to prepare.

Joey Chestnut has done it again. The win was his 10 victory at the competition. Prior to this year's competition, Chestnut completed 72 frankfurters in 10 minutes last year.