Hot-Dog-Eating-Contest's Count Doesn't Cut the Mustard

Frederick Owens
July 8, 2018

Each qualified after eating six hot dogs during regional rounds, although Kristina bested her mom by chowing down on an extra half.

Joey Chestnut competes in the annual Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island July 4, 2016.

Hot dog eating champion Joey Chestnut's condiments have arrived on the eve of the biggest dog-eating holiday of the year. But a review showed counters missed a plate and the final tally was updated to 74. He continued to stretch the lead down the stretch, though at a slower pace, finishing with 74 hot dogs, a dominant, 11-hot-dog-and-bun margin over second-place finisher Carmen Cincotti.

The mistakes "might be the impetus to bring competitive eating into the digital age", Major League Eating President Rich Shea told ESPN, adding that technology for monitoring the weight of hot dog plates could be a solution.

Last year, the competitive eater downed 32 ½ dogs and buns in 10 minutes.

She took first place by eating 37 hot dogs in 10 minutes.

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"I doubt we can put a microchip in the tongue or in the esophagus", Shea said. The winners in 2017 were Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo. She beat out 19 other women, including record-holder Sonya Thomas. Even the 91-degree heatwave couldn't stop these men from gobbling down the buns and meat in record time.

When is Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest? "And then typically I'll be done with both of them, and then I'll use the water that's in the bun, I'll use that to get the bun and the hot dog down".

In a stats released by ESPN reporter Darren Rovell, Chestnut's 74 hot dogs contain 22,200 calories to go along with 814g of protein, 2664 grams of cholesterol, 54242 grams of sodium and 1850 grams of carbohydrates.

Last year, animal rights activists tried to unfold a banner amid the crowd at the event.

The Nathan's hot dog eating contest is held on the Fourth of July at the original Nathan's Hot Dog location at the corner of Surf and Stillwell avenues in Coney Island and has become one of New York's annual July 4th traditions.

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