Dog gone! Joey Chestnut dominates Nathan’s Famous eating contest • Brooklyn Paper

Dog gone! Joey Chestnut dominates Nathan’s Famous eating contest

Hi, Frank! An adoring fan nearly swoons in the presence of his favorite anthropomorphised hot dog!
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Call it the hot dog days of summer!

The athletics of excess were on full display in Coney Island on July 4, where professional pork gobblers gathered for the Olympics of competitive eating — Nathan’s Famous Hog Dog Eating Contest!

Feeding frenzy: Joey Chestnut devoured 71 dogs to win Nathan’s 2019 Hot Dog Eating Contest.
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The widely televised event is enjoyed annually by thousands in the air-conditioned comfort of their homes, but there’s nothing like seeing a world-class feeding frenzy up close and personal, according to one first-timer.

“I’ve seen it on TV, but this was my first time going to Coney and actually seeing it,” said Jose Castillo, who traveled from Gravesend with his wife Juana Castillo for the show. “You can really feel the vibe!”

Top bun: Miki Sudo consumed 31 dogs to net the women’s title.
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The rules of the contest allow each eater 10 minutes to gorge themselves on the pork purveyor’s famed frankfurters, dunking their dogs in water, while hopping up and down to force the food down the gullets.

In the men’s division, legendary eater Joey Chestnut scarfed down a whopping 71 dogs to net his 12th title, beating runner-up Darren Breeden’s 48, and third place contender Geoffrey Esper’s 46 frankfurters.

Hot dog!: Juana and Jose Castillo at their first Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest.
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Chestnut — who trains his stomach by drinking vast amounts of milk, water, and protein supplements — sadly failed to overcome the record-setting 74 hot dogs and buns he devoured in 2018.

For the women, Miki Sudo nabbed her sixth Mustard Belt after consuming 31 dogs.

America! Brooklyn celebrated the Fourth of July at Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest.
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Nathan’s claims the origins of their world-renowned eating contest can be traced to a July 4, 1916, bout between four immigrants who decided to measure their patriotism by — what else — seeing who could eat the most hot dogs.

If true, that would make this year’s contest Nathan’s 103rd annual eating bout.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.

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