NEW YORK (Reuters) – This yr’s Nathan’s Well-known hot-dog consuming contest proved a gentle disappointment to Joey Chestnut, the Fourth of July occasion’s perennial champ, although he handily gained the annual show of gastronomical extra for the 12th time this yr.
Chestnut took the crown within the annual U.S. Independence Day competitors by downing 71 canines and buns in 10 minutes. However the 35-year-old “aggressive eater” from San Jose, California fell wanting his record-setting efficiency of 74 finally yr’s contest, staged for many years on the beachfront in New York Metropolis’s Coney Island.
“I got here out quick after which I slowed down sooner than I might have appreciated,” Chestnut mentioned after the competition. “I attempted to regulate, I attempted to chew extra, make it simpler for my throat to swallow, however I used to be simply slowing down.”
1000’s of vacation makers crowded across the consuming stage arrange alongside the boardwalk within the Brooklyn neighborhood to witness Chestnut and a handful of different eaters choke down dozens of scorching canines and buns in a voracious 10-minute consuming frenzy.
Chestnut informed ESPN he had eaten 75 canines in apply, however couldn’t repeat the efficiency for this yr’s July 4th competitors.
He holds consuming data in a number of meals classes, together with two 2013 data of consuming 141 exhausting boiled eggs in eight minutes and 121 Twinkies in six minutes.
The favourite on the ladies’s facet, Miki Sudo from Tucson, Arizona, additionally got here out on high on Thursday, claiming her sixth Nathan’s title with 31 scorching canines.
The competitors is partly a advertising and marketing occasion and partly a tribute to People’ love of scorching canines, a staple on barbecue grills on the U.S. Independence Day vacation.
The Nationwide Scorching Canine and Sausage Council estimates that People devour 20 billion scorching canines every year, and about 150 million on the Fourth of July alone.
Reporting by Gabriella Borter in New York; Enhancing by Frank McGurty