According to Nathan's website, on July 4, 1916, four immigrants gathered at this hot dog stand and made the eating contest's history. 11-time victor Joey "Jaws" Chestnut broke his own record and took home the Mustard Belt by eating 74 hot dogs in 10 minutes.
Chestnut holds more than 30 world eating records. "And then once I feel like the food has moved and digested, I'll have one good day of protein, whether it's fish or turkey, maybe chicken".
She also said she dips the hot dog bun in hot tea before eating it so she can eat it as fast as possible.
Chestnut outdistances the field, which is pegged as a +325 underdog to produce a competitive eater that can take down the 34-year-old at this year's event.
The renowned competitive eater hailing from San Jose, California, took home the coveted Mustard Belt and surpassed the previous mark of 72 dogs and buns he downed past year. Someone realized two empty plates of Chestnut's were not counted, reports ESPN. The 19-woman field includes record-holder Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas. "Like, 'We will celebrate whatever we want.' And in this case, we choose a hot dog contest", Shea said.
The second place victor managed to eat 45, which is still impressive, but pales in comparison to Chestnut's 74.
Many thought Chestnut would have a hard time approaching his previous record because of the heat at the Coney Island location, but it did not bother Chestnut.
Both Chestnut and Sudo earned $10,000 for their victories.
Women's champion Miki Sudo ate 37 hot dogs to win her fifth straight championship, but not after she was forced to pour a bottle of water over her head mid-contest.
In addition, competitive eaters at the hot dog contest compete for a total prize pool of $40,000, including $10,000 each for the winners of the men's and women's main events.