Joseph Christian Chestnut is an American eater who was born on November 25, 1983. Major League Eating has him as the best eater in the world right now.
He was born and raised in Kentucky and now lives in Westfield, Indiana. Chestnut is 6 feet tall (1.83 meters) and weighs 230 pounds (100 kg).
Joey Chestnut was born in Fulton County, Kentucky on November 25, 1983. After graduating from high school, he attended San Jose State University, where he joined eating competitions for the first time in 2005.
He did not graduate until 2012, due in part to his frequent travel for cuisine competitions. Joey’s first significant competition was an asparagus-eating contest.
Rich LeFevre was defeated by Joey, who ate approximately six and a half pounds of deep-fried asparagus in just 11.5 minutes to win first place.
How much money Joey Chestnut has made in his career?
American competitive eater Joey Chestnut has a net worth of $2.5 million. Joey is best known for being one of the most successful competitive eaters ever. In 2007, when he won the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, he first became known to the public.
$10,000 is the grand reward for winning Nathan’s. Not a lot of money, but it provides the most exposure for these sportsmen during the entire year. From prize money and endorsements, a top competitive eater can easily earn between $250,000 and $500,000 per year.
Takeru Kobayashi, a longtime adversary of Joey’s, has not participated at Nathan’s in recent years due to a contract disagreement with the Major League Eating organization.
Joey has a condiment line that bears his name. He offers mustard, dipping sauce, coney sauce, and other condiments for sale.
Developing a Profession
In 2005, he participated in his first of several Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contests. He placed third after consuming 32 hot dogs. Sonya Thomas came in second with 37 points. The winner was Takeru Kobayashi with a score of 49.
In the same year, he won the GoldenPalace World Grilled Cheese Eating Championship by eating 32.5 grilled cheese sandwiches in 10 minutes, setting a new world record.
In the Waffle House World Waffle Eating Championship, Chestnut defeated Sonya Thomas, and in the Krystal Square Off World Hamburger Eating Championship, he finished second. both occurrences occurred in 2005
Kobayashi achieved the world record at the 2006 Nathan’s event with 53 and 3/4ths completed. Joey placed second with 52, an American record.
The next year, Chestnut won Wing Bowl XV in Philadelphia by consuming 182 wings in 30 minutes. Additionally, he eventually won the annual Nathan’s Contest.
Chestnut defeated Kobayashi, the six-year defending champion, by consuming 66 hotdogs to Kobayashi’s 63. Joey won the 2007 Krystal Square Off World Hamburger Eating Championship by ingesting 103 Krystal burgers in less than eight minutes.
Joey won eight consecutive Nathan’s Contests between 2007 and 2015. In 2020 and 2021, he set new marks by consuming 75 and 76 hot dogs in 10 minutes, respectively.
2015’s competition was won by Matt Stonie. In 2016, he redeemed himself by reclaiming the title and established a new record by consuming 70 hot dogs. Joey won the subsequent dive between 2016 and 2020.
Joey’s record in a single contest is 74 hot dogs. Chestnut established two new world records in 2008. In February, he ate 241 wings in 30 minutes at the Wing Bowl, setting a new record.
During the Kenny & Ziggy’s World Matzo Ball Eating Championship in Houston, he consumed 78 matzo balls. In March, he ate a 4.5-pound ribeye steak, salad, baked potato, shrimp cocktail, and roll in less than nine minutes at The Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo, Texas.
After tying with Kobayashi in the Nathan’s Contest eating competition, he won it again. A few weeks later, Chestnut lost a chicken satay eating challenge to Kobayashi, who consumed over nine pounds of chicken to Chestnut’s twelve.
In 2009, Chestnut established a new world record by ingesting 10.5 pounds of macaroni and cheese in seven minutes. He also won Nathan’s Contest for a second time and set a new record by consuming nine more hotdogs than in 2008.
However, in the Krystal Hamburger Championship, Kobayashi defeated him. He also appeared in “Man v. Food,” in which he consumed a five-pound burrito in three minutes.
In 2010, Chestnut won the Singapore Shrimp Wontons Eating Contest. Additionally, he won the Nathan’s Contest for the fourth consecutive year but was unable to surpass his prior record.
In addition, he won the Pepto Bismol Bratwurst Eating Championship by consuming 42 brats in 12 minutes and the Upper Crust Pizza Eating Championship by consuming 37 slices in 10 minutes. In 2011, he won Nathan’s Contest once again.
Nevertheless, Kobayashi established a new world record by consuming 69 hotdogs at an off-site event with impartial judges. That year, he did not enter Nathan’s Contest because he refused to sign the needed contract.
In 2012, during the Toojay’s Corned Beef Eating Competition in Palm Beach Gardens, Chestnut set a new record by ingesting 20 corned beef sandwiches in ten minutes.
Additionally, he successfully defended his championship at the Nathan’s Contest and tied his personal record of 68 hotdogs. In the same year, he also appeared on “Hell’s Kitchen,” when he competed against other participants in a wing-eating challenge.
The following year, he broke his record by consuming 69 hotdogs at the Nathan’s Contest. Additionally, he won the Hooters World Wing Eating Championship and the Hillshire Farm Bratwurst Eating World Championship.
In 2018, Chestnut and fellow competitive eater Tim Janus competed in “The Amazing Race 30.”
According to Chestnut, he prepares for tournaments by fasting and expanding his stomach with milk, water, and protein supplements.
He prepares expressly for hot dog competitions by consuming 40 hot dogs at once and gradually consuming more hot dogs each day in order to achieve competition-winning levels.
Additional Awards and Records
Joey’s career consists entirely of competitive eating. Constantly fasting and extending his stomach with protein supplements, water, and milk, he trains year-round. Joey’s weight swings between 210 and 225 pounds throughout the year.
Joey holds the records for eating hard-boiled eggs (141 in eight minutes), bratwurst (70 in 10 minutes), Matzoh balls (78 in eight minutes), hot dogs (69 in 10 minutes at the 2013 Nathan’s contest), steak (4.5 pounds plus sides in less than nine minutes), pork ribs (13.76 pounds in 12 minutes), and asparagus (3.5 pounds in under three minutes) (12.8 pounds in 10 minutes).
On July 4, 2016, Joey consumed seventy hot dogs. After one year, he ate 72. The next year, he ate a world-record 74. At the 2019 Nathan’s contest, he won his 12th title by consuming 71 hot dogs.
Chestnut proposed to his longtime girlfriend Neslie Ricasa just before defending his championship at the 2014 Nathan’s competition. However, the pair separated early in 2015, a year later, before their wedding date. Chestnut resides in Indiana’s Westfield.