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Joey Chestnut

Joseph Christian "Jaws" Chestnut (born November 25, 1983) is an American competitive eater. The 6-foot-tall (1.8 m), 218-pound (99 kg) engineering student is currently ranked first in the world by the International Federation of Competitive Eating. He is a Vallejo, California native who currently resides in San Jose, California. On July 4, 2007, Chestnut won the 92nd Annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, beating six-time defending champion Takeru "Tsunami" Kobayashi by consuming 66 hot dogs and buns in 12 minutes, which set a new world record. The following year, he successfully defended his title by winning a 5 hot dog eat-off after tying Kobayashi in consuming 59 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes. On July 4, 2009, Chestnut outlasted Kobayashi again, by consuming a new world record of 68 hot dogs and buns and winning his third consecutive title. On July 4, 2010, Chestnut took home his 4th consecutive Mustard Belt eating 54 dogs and buns. The 2010 contest was a runaway victory, as Kobayashi did not compete due to a contract dispute with Major League Eating. On July 4, 2011, he won his fifth-consecutive championship with 62 hot dogs and buns. At the 2012 Nathan Hot Dog Eating

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Joey Chestnut -- I Could Be the Next Subway Spokesman (VIDEO)

Joey Chestnut
I Could Be the Next Subway Spokesman

Joey Chestnut says he may be nutty, but he would carry the Subway banner better than Jared Fogle for sure. Joey was licking his wounds after losing another eating… READ MORE >

Joey Chestnut -- No Longer Top Dog ... Loses Eating Competition!!

Joey Chestnut
No Longer Top Dog Loses Eating Competition!!

Joey Chestnut is no longer the king of downing weiners ... the 8-time world champ just lost the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest to fellow gobbler Matt Stonie. Chestnut finished an… READ MORE >

- 60 days ago
Joey Chestnut -- I'll Gain 22 Pounds In Hot Dog Contest ... Post-Dump Will Be 'Epic'

Joey Chestnut
I'll Gain 22 Pounds In Hot Dog Contest Post-Dump Will Be 'Epic'

Joey Chestnut -- the greatest competitive eater OF ALL TIME -- says he expects to gain more than 20 pounds during the hot dog competition on 4th of July ... but the… READ MORE >

- 62 days ago
Joey Chestnut -- EATS 384 GYOZAS ... Sets New World Record

Joey Chestnut
EATS 384 GYOZAS ... Sets New World Record

Joey Chestnut has reclaimed his title as KING OF THE GYOZAS ... eating 384 of the dumplings in 10 minutes this weekend ... shattering the world record. TMZ Sports has the footage ... showing… READ MORE >

- 380 days ago
Joey Chestnut -- DOMINATES HOOTERS WING-OFF ... 182 Wings In 10 Mins

Joey Chestnut
DOMINATES HOOTERS WING-OFF ... 182 In 10 Mins

Another HUGE eating victory for Joey Chestnut ... who DESTROYED all challengers in the Hooters Wing Eating Championship in Vegas last night by crushing 182 wings!!!With wing sauce stains… READ MORE >

- 406 days ago
Joey Chestnut Proposes to Girlfriend ... BEFORE Stuffing Face at Annual Contest (VIDEO)

Joey Chestnut
Proposes to Girlfriend Before Stuffing Face at Annual Contest

Joey Chestnut just got a permanent set of buns to call his own ... by proposing to his girlfriend on Coney Island before Nathan's annual 4th of July Hot Dog Eating contest. A nervous Joey took to… READ MORE >

- 425 days ago
Joey Chestnut -- I MISS KOBAYASHI ... I Hope He Comes Back

Joey Chestnut
I MISS KOBAYASHI ... I Hope He Comes Back

Every champion needs a rival ... even in competitive hot dog eating ... and that's why Joey Chestnut tells TMZ Sports he misses bellying up next to Kobayashi. Chestnut is in NYC gearing up… READ MORE >

- 428 days ago
Joey Chestnut DEFENDS RIB TITLE -- Rebounds After Crushing Gyoza Loss

Joey Chestnut
DEFENDS RIB TITLE Rebounds After Crushing Gyoza Loss

JOEY CHESTNUT IS BACK!!!The greatest competitive eater on the face of the planet returned to form this weekend at the rib cook-off in Reno, NV and took FIRST PLACE ... edging out the guy who beat… READ MORE >

- 728 days ago
Eating Champion Joey Chestnut -- Getting Dethroned Is Hard to Swallow

Eating Champ Joey Chestnut
Getting Dethroned Is Hard to Swallow

Competitive eating superstar Joey Chestnut shockingly lost a battle against newcomer Matt Stonie -- but by inhaling a few less gyoza he might actually win a war ... on heart disease. Now serving… READ MORE >

- 743 days ago
Joey Chestnut TASTES DEFEAT -- Out-Eaten In World Gyoza Championships

Joey Chestnut
TASTES DEFEAT Out-Eaten In World Gyoza Championships

Joey Chestnut -- perhaps the greatest competitive eater in the history of food -- had a giant helping of DEFEAT at the World Gyoza Eating Championships this weekend ... and TMZ was there for the… READ MORE >

- 744 days ago

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