Chestnut Wins Fifth Hot Dog Title

The annual July 4th hot dog eating contest was held today in front of Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs in Coney Island. And once again, American Joey Chestnut defeated all the others by scarfing down 62 hot dogs.
It wasn't a personal best for the 27-year-old nicknamed Jaws, but it was enough to out-eat second-place finisher Patrick Bertoletti by nine wieners. Chestnut, of San Jose, Calif., won $10,000 and the coveted mustard-yellow belt.

"I feel great!" he said after the contest, adding that he was going to drink a lot of water and avoid hot dogs for a few days.

In a separate division for women, Sonya Thomas ate 40 hot dogs to claim the pink belt championship. Chestnut's longtime rival, Takeru Kobayashi, did not participate because he refused to sign a contract with the eating league. Link -via J-Walk Blog

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I know it's all in good fun and that the ~1000 hot dogs eaten in this event wouldn't make a blind bit of difference (plus I'm more than aware that I'm going to sound like a douche) but, when we're staring down the barrel of "the worst food crisis of the 21st century" in the Horn of Africa stories like this just leave a bad taste in my mouth. Though, in fairness probably not as bad as that of the competitors'.
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The league is called 'Major League Eating' and this is a report on NBC Sports. Nice. Perhaps we Brits should also celebrate July 4th too - independence from a country which would set up a commercial competitive eating league! Although we do have eating contests, none are given the, er, 'respectability' of professional league status. I'm not looking down on any of it, far from it - if I had a 'talent' such as his and could earn $10K in 10 minutes I'd definitely give it a try :o)
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