This past weekend, did you chow down on a hot dog or two? How about 54 within a 10-minute period? That’s what American Joey “Jaws” Chestnut accomplished this past weekend at the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest on his way to the fourth straight title of what is considered the Super Bowl of competitive eating.
Chestnut’s long-time nemesis, Takeru Kobayashi, stood in the crowd before he was arrested for rushing the stage. Kobayashi, who had won the hot dog contest six straight times before being upending by Chestnut in 2007, did not compete on Sunday due to a dispute with newly required contracts that have been handed down by the sport’s league, Major League Eating. Yes, a contract dispute. Sounds like perfect grounds for a food fight.
But it’s not just hot dogs that competitive eaters gobble down. Here’s a few more contests to nibble on….
Event: Pizza Hut Pizza Eating Chow-Lenge
Location: Los Angeles, Calif.
When: June 5
Winner and consumption: Chestnut, 41 slices in 10 minutes
Event: Isle Boonville World Boneless Buffalo Wing Eating Championship
Location: Boonville, Mo.
When: May 8
Winner and consumption: “Eater X” Tim Janus, seven pounds, 11.5 ounces in 12 minutes (includes a two-minute eat-off)
Event: TooJay’s World Class Corned Beef Eating Championship
Location: Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
When: March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day)
Winner and consumption: Chestnut, 15.5 8-ounce sandwiches in 10 minutes
Event: World PB & Banana Eating Contest
Location: Biloxi, Miss.
When: Jan. 9
Winner and consumption: “Notorious B.O.B.” Bob Shoudt, 36 sandwiches in 10 minutes
Event: Krystal Square Off World Hamburger Eating Championship
Location: Chattanooga, Tenn.
When: Sept. 27, 2009
Winner and consumption: Kobayashi, 93 in eight minutes
Did you watch the big contest on Sunday? What are your thoughts on competitive eating? Is it gross? Cool? Let us know.