jsonline.com – Joey Chestnut is deep into the competitive eating season.
From hot dogs on New York’s Coney Island to ice cream in Indianapolis, Chestnut travels the country — and the world — displaying the unique gifts that make him, according to his website, “the greatest eater in the history of the world.”
Next stop: Saturday at noon at the Wisconsin State Fair’s Associated Bank Amphitheater, where Chestnut and others will participate in a 6-minute cheese curd eating championship.
“It’s going to be way more cheese than I’ve ever had,” Chestnut said in an interview.
Competitive eating isn’t just a hobby for Chestnut. It’s a profession.
He lives in California, is on the road 120 days a year and is the No. 1 ranked competitor on the Major League Eating circuit (there is such a thing).
And, yes, people do recognize him when he’s far from a plate of food.
The annual 4th of July Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest on New York’s Coney Island made Chestnut a star.
He has claimed the Mustard Belt 11 times. This year, he ate 74 hot dogs (with buns) in 10 minutes.
Chestnut holds more than 40 eating records, gobbling up everything from apple pie to Twinkies.
He can stomach almost anything but absolutely won’t go near an oyster. He can’t handle the texture.
And his record-setting feat of eating 54 brain tacos over 8 minutes did not go down well.
“It was not the highlight of my eating career,” he said.
So I just googled brain tacos…threw up in my mouth a little bit and then realized he said he ate 54 of them in 8 minutes and left work for the day…fucking ew.