NEW YORK — Frankfurter-munching phenom Joey “Jaws” Chestnut wolfed his strategy to a fifteenth win Monday on the Nathan’s Well-known Fourth of July scorching canine consuming contest, powering down 63 scorching canines and buns on the annual exhibition of extra.
In a decisive chowdown comeback, ladies’s record-holder Miki Sudo downed 40 wieners and buns to win the ladies’s title after skipping final yr’s frank fest as a result of she was pregnant.
Monday additionally marked the competition’s return to its conventional location exterior Nathan’s flagship store in Brooklyn’s Coney Island neighborhood. The occasion was relocated in 2020 and final yr due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“It is lovely to be again right here” in entrance of a throng of spectators, Chestnut informed ESPN after his feat, which the 38-year-old managed whereas carrying a surgical boot due to a leg damage.
“It hurts, however I used to be within the zone for slightly bit. I used to be ignoring it,” stated Chestnut, however the ache ultimately slowed his tempo within the 10-minute competitors.
Final yr, the Westfield, Indiana, resident topped his personal report by consuming 76 franks and buns.
Sudo, of Tampa, Florida, set the ladies’s report at 48 1/2 weiners and buns in 2020, earlier than taking final yr off whereas anticipating. She and Nick Wehry — a fellow aggressive eater whom she met by way of the Nathan’s contest in 2018 — welcomed son Max on July 8, 2021.
From dad’s arms, the child watched his 36-year-old mom notch her eighth Nathan’s win. She informed ESPN afterward that she hoped he would sometime take a message away from it.
“I wish to set an instance,” she stated, “to do issues that you just love and push your self to your absolute limits and, when issues get tough, to nonetheless give it a attempt. And, you realize, you may really simply come out victorious.”
Sudo then took over parenting duties whereas Wehry tried for the boys’s title.
Along side the spectacle, Nathan’s donates 100,000 franks to the Meals Financial institution for New York Metropolis.