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Joey Chestnut -- 2009 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Champion

Joey Chestnut 3-Peats at Nathan's Coney Island Hot Dog Eating Contest

July 5, 2009
By: O. J. Cunningham

Noon -- July 4, 2009 . . . Thank God for Tivo . . .

It was hard deciding what to watch "LIVE" -- Venus vs. Serena at Wimbledon or the 93rd Annual Nathan's Coney Island Hot Dog Eating Contest -- Nathan's Winner gets $20,000 and the Yellow Mustard Belt -- Emblematic of the Hot Dog Eating Champion of the World.

You know I went with the Nathan's Hot Dog Contest at Coney Island

It's my third year covering the Hot Dog eating contest and each year Chestnut has come out the winner.

This is after a 6-year reign by Takeru Kobayashi -- who held the title from 2001 thru 2006 -- until Chestnut took the crown in 2007 and has never looked back.

The hot dog eating contest is held every July 4th at Nathan's Famous Coney Island Hot Dog Restaurant. For 93 years, thousands of people have watched as the contestants gobbled down hot dogs, buns included.

This year, an estimated 40,000 spectators were on hand to watch the 10-minute food-eating contest. The 2009 champion, Joey Chestnut, ate 68 hot dogs in 10 minutes. That's just over 5.5 hot dogs per minute. Healthwise, one hot dog has 297 calories, so he ate 20,196 calories.

It was Chestnut's 3rd straight win at Nathan's. Chestnut, again, (for the third straight year) out gobbled Takeru Kobayashi 68-64 to claim the 2009 title.

Chestnut is also the World Champion of Asparagus Eating, Waffle Eating Champ of the World and Chicken Wing World Champ as well.

Chestnut and Kobayashi have finished 1-2 for the past 5 years. Kobayashi last won the title in 2006.

  • 2005 Chestnut 32-Kobayashi 49
  • 2006 Chestnut 52-Kobayashi 53
  • 2007 Chestnut 66-Kobayashi 63
  • 2008 Chestnut 59-Kobayashi 59 -- Chestnut Won in a sudden death Dog Off
  • 2009 Chestnut 68-Kobayashi 64

    Seventeen other "gurgitators" were on hand at Nathan's to challenge Chestnut and Kobayashi. And the challengers came with great credentials. Challengers included:

  • Patrick Bertoletti -- Has eaten 177 jalapeƱo peppers, 1 3/4 gallons of ice cream and 11 pounds of key lime pie in competition.
  • Micah Collins -- Once ate 84 ounces of Pork & Beans in 58 seconds.
  • Hall Hunt -- Ate 33 ears of corn in 12 minutes to claim a world title.
  • Eric "Badlands" Booker is the World Champ of Pumpkin Pie Eating
  • Tim "Gravy" Brown -- Potato Wedge Eating Champion of the World.
  • Sonya "Black Widow" Thomas -- World Champion: Cheesecake, Soft Tacos and Hardboiled Eggs
  • Juliet Lee -- Once ate 13.2 pounds of Cranberry Sauce and is World Eating Champ for Calamari, Strawberry Short Cake and Shoe Fly Pie.

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