MILWAUKEE, Wis. (CBSNewYork) – Joey Chestnut may be the “top dog” at the annual Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island, but this weekend it was a different story.
The competitive eating champion came in third place in a cheese curd eating contest at the Wisconsin State Fair.READ MORE: Driver Charged With DWI, Manslaughter In Crash That Killed Mother, Daughter On Rockaway Boulevard In Queens
“No excuses, I just was slow,” said Chestnut. “I didn’t find a fast rhythm.”
Chestnut, who ate 72 hot dogs in 10 minutes in July, is the reigning male champion. The legendary competitive eater has won the event 10 times and holds the hot dog-eating world record.READ MORE: Citizen App Seeks 'Field Team Members' To Live Stream Breaking News Stories
The Wisconsin event featured small pieces of curdled milk to be gobbled down in six minutes, with the winner for most eaten talking home a $4,000 prize.
“If they have me back next year, I’ll find a faster way to eat them,” said Chestnut. “There’s nothing worse than getting third.”MORE NEWS: NYC DOT Asks New Yorkers To Weigh In On Future Citi Bike Station Locations In Brooklyn, Queens
The Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest is competitive eating’s biggest event of the year.