On the Fourth of July, San Jose resident Joey Chestnut set a new world record in competitive eating by downing 74 hot dogs in 12 minutes at Nathan’s on Coney Island. According to the New York Daily News, the previous record, Chestnut’s own, was 72.
The 34-year-old, 230-pound Joseph Christian Chestnut — we can call him by all three names like an assassin, right? Cause he’s murdering those franks — is an accomplished competitive eater, having won every Independence Day match since 2007 with one exception. In 2015, adversary Matt Stonie ate 62 to Chestnut’s 60, and on the occasion of his loss, Chestnut vowed to get to 70, which he did in 2016, setting the world record that he went on to break the very next year. He reportedly trains by stretching his stomach with protein supplements and milk. Warning: The video is a little gross.
The count is official: JOEY CHESTNUT ATE A WORLD RECORD 74 HOT DOGS. 😱 pic.twitter.com/SFY3QYHoEj
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 4, 2018
Seventy-four hot dogs represent 54,000 milligrams of sodium, which is approximately 2368 percent of the recommended daily allowance. In addition to hot dogs, Chestnut has also eaten 13.76 pounds of pork ribs in 12 minutes at a 2013 cookoff in Sparks, Nev., and 12.8 pounds of deep-fried asparagus in 10 minutes at the 2014 Asparagus-Eating Championship in Stockton.