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Joey Chestnut barred from Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog eating contest

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San Jose’s Joey Chestnut has been banned from competing in Nathan’s Famous Hotdog Eating Contest on July 4. 

Chestnut, who has placed first in the past eight competitions and has captured 16 hotdog eating crowns overall, was barred after he agreed to a endorse plant-based hot dog manufacturer Impossible Foods. 

Chestnut did not immediately respond when reached for comment via his website, and Impossible Foods also did not respond to request for immediate comment. 

A graduate of San Jose State University, Chestnut is listed as No. 1 in the Major League Eating’s official rankings and was described on the league’s website as “the apex predator himself.”

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In an email from MLE, spokesperson George Shea said Chestnut is not banned from all MLE competitions, just the Nathan’s contest.  

“We love Joey and want him to be at the contest,” Shea said. “We were told by his representatives that he had signed on to represent a rival brand that produces plant based meets including hot dogs. This created a conflict. We are hoping he will change course.”

Chestnut devoured an astounding and record-breaking 76 hot dogs and buns to win the Nathan’s contest in 2021, and took first place in 2023 by putting away 62 hot dogs and buns. 

According to Chestnut’s official website, he also has also claimed records related to other foods. He has wolfed down 4 ⅓ three-pound apple pies in eight minutes, has eaten a 14.5 pound burrito in 10 minutes, pounded down 55 glazed donuts in eight minutes, gobbled 103 Krystal Burgers in eight minutes and devoured a whole 9 ⅓ pound turkey in 10 minutes. 



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