Joey Chestnut today retained the revered mustard belt at the Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island.
This is now the fourth year in a row that the world’s number one gurgitator has won the event, which is the world cup of competitive eating. Chestnut made the event his own after he first beat the then reigning champion Takeru Kobayashi, and with Kobayashi ruled out of this year’s contest Chestnut even stepped down a gear, only managing 54 sausages and buns in the ten minutes allocated.
Chestnut holds the current record for the hot dog event, a remarkable 68 wieners, but he gained such a lead over the other competitors this year he visibly slowed down towards the end and paced himself.
“I actually stopped drinking water today, so I was a little bit dehydrated going into the contest, but it’s alright, I beat the competition today, if anybody else was here I would have beat them too,” Chestnut said after the competition, the last part clearly aimed at his rival Kobayashi.
“If he was a real man he would have been on the stage, there’s no reason for him not to be here,” Chestnut then added, just to make it clear exactly what he thinks of the Japanese eater.
Tim Janus came in second place with a respectable 45 hot dogs with Pat Bertoletti lagging behind him with a total of just 37. Chestnut walked away with the mustard belt, and the $20,000 in prize money.