NEW YORK (AP)- Frankfurter-munching phenom Joey “Jaws” Chestnut swallowed his way to his 15th win on Monday in Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July hot dog eating contest, boosting 63 hotdogs and buns at the annual exhibition at sobra.
In a decisive chowdown comeback, women’s record-holder Miki Sudo beat 40 wieners and buns to capture the women’s title after skipping the frank fest last year because she was pregnant.
Monday also marked the return of competition to its traditional location outside Nathan’s main store in Brooklyn’s Coney Island neighborhood. Activity was shifted to 2020 and last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Nice to be back here” in front of a crowd of spectators, Chestnut told ESPN after his success, that the 38-year-old was able to while wearing a surgical boot due to a leg injury .
“It hurts, but I’ve been in the zone for a while. I was ignoring it, ”Chestnut said, but the pain eventually slowed his pace in the 10-minute competition.
Last year, the Westfield, Indiana, topped his own record by consuming 76 franks and buns.
Sudo, of Tampa, Florida, set the women’s record of 48 1/2 weiners and buns in 2020, before leaving last year while waiting. He and Nick Wehry – a food competition partner he met through Nathan’s competition in 2018 – welcomed son Max on July 8, 2021.
From dad’s arms, the kid watched his 36-year-old mother capture her eighth Nathan win. He told ESPN afterwards that he hoped he could get a message out of it.
“I want to set an example,” he said, “in doing the things you love and pushing yourself to your absolute limits and, when things get tough, keep trying. And, you know, you can come out victorious.
Sudo took over the parenting roles while Wehry tried for the boys ’title.
Along with the scene, Nathan’s donated 100,000 francs to the Food Bank for New York City.