NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The reigning champ of the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest gets to hold onto his mustard yellow belt.
High-ranking chowhound Joey “Jaws” Chestnut packed away 61 franks and buns in 10 minutes on Friday at the Coney Island contest.
That’s 17,080 calories in total, 1,700 calories per minute and 28 per second, CBS 2’s Kathryn Brown reported.
“Years ago I would feel like garbage after the contest and it would take a lot longer to feel good, now my body just adapted,” Chestnut said.
He fell far short of his record last year of 69 dogs and buns, but he still easily beat second-place finisher Matt Stonie, also of San Jose, who downed just 56.
Chestnut, 30, took a quick timeout before the annual Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island to make it official with his longtime girlfriend, Neslie Ricasa, who is also a competitive eater.
“I never imagined that I would be proposed to on stage before the Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest,” said Ricasa.