2007 Hot Dog Eating Contest

Chestnut WINS!

Chestnut (66) beats Koby (63)

Chestnut Beats Kobayashi, Brings Mustard Yellow Belt Back to America

7/4/2007

Joey Chestnut of San Jose, Calif., today won the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest, beating former champion Takeru Kobayashi and setting a new world record by downing 66 Nathan’s Famous hot dogs and buns in 12 minutes.

Kobayashi, the six-time hot dog-eating world champion, arrived at the 2007 event with a jaw injury. He reportedly received therapy on the jaw until two hours before the contest and appeared to compete at 100 percent — he ate 63 HDBs, eight more than his personal best.

Many thought Kobayashi would be unable to compete, or that he would compete at a lower level of intensity. In fact, he and Joey were neck and neck until the final moments of the contest.

The Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest has been held each year since 1916, according to archives. This year’s contest may have been the most highly anticipated match-up in the event’s storied 92-year history. Police reported that nearly 50,000 people attended the event in Coney Island.

“Nothing represents summer and the Fourth of July like the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog-Eating Contest,” said Wayne Norbitz, president and COO of Nathan’s Famous. “This year our nation has new hope for glory.”

Official Results

    • Joey Chestnut: 66
    • Takeru Kobayashi: 63
    • Pat Bertoletti: 49
    • Tim "Eater X" Janus: 43.5
    • Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas: 39
    • Bob Shoudt: 35
    • Chip Simpson: 35
    • Rich LeFevre: 31
    • Hall Hunt: 29
    • Juliet Lee: 26
    • Dale Boone: 25
    • Pat Philbin: 24
    • Crazy Legs Conti: 23.5
    • Erik "the Red" Denmark: 23
    • Tim Brown: 22.5
    • Arturo Rios, Jr.: 21

2007 Hot Dog Eating Contest

Chestnut WINS!

Chestnut (66) beats Koby (63)

Chestnut Beats Kobayashi, Brings Mustard Yellow Belt Back to America

7/4/2007

Joey Chestnut of San Jose, Calif., today won the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest, beating former champion Takeru Kobayashi and setting a new world record by downing 66 Nathan’s Famous hot dogs and buns in 12 minutes.

Kobayashi, the six-time hot dog-eating world champion, arrived at the 2007 event with a jaw injury. He reportedly received therapy on the jaw until two hours before the contest and appeared to compete at 100 percent — he ate 63 HDBs, eight more than his personal best.

Many thought Kobayashi would be unable to compete, or that he would compete at a lower level of intensity. In fact, he and Joey were neck and neck until the final moments of the contest.

The Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest has been held each year since 1916, according to archives. This year’s contest may have been the most highly anticipated match-up in the event’s storied 92-year history. Police reported that nearly 50,000 people attended the event in Coney Island.

“Nothing represents summer and the Fourth of July like the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog-Eating Contest,” said Wayne Norbitz, president and COO of Nathan’s Famous. “This year our nation has new hope for glory.”

Official Results

      • Joey Chestnut: 66
      • Takeru Kobayashi: 63
      • Pat Bertoletti: 49
      • Tim "Eater X" Janus: 43.5
      • Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas: 39
      • Bob Shoudt: 35
      • Chip Simpson: 35
      • Rich LeFevre: 31
      • Hall Hunt: 29
      • Juliet Lee: 26
      • Dale Boone: 25
      • Pat Philbin: 24
      • Crazy Legs Conti: 23.5
      • Erik "the Red" Denmark: 23
      • Tim Brown: 22.5
      • Arturo Rios, Jr.: 21
      • Allen Goldstein: 21


The Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest is sanctioned by the Major League Eating (MLE), the world governing body of all stomach-centric sport. The Nathan's Famous International Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Championship has been held each year on July 4 since 1916, according to archives.

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For more information, please email IFOCE at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Allen Goldstein: 21


The Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest is sanctioned by the Major League Eating (MLE), the world governing body of all stomach-centric sport. The Nathan's Famous International Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Championship has been held each year on July 4 since 1916, according to archives.

Click here to see a PDF of the Event

For more information, please email IFOCE at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Joey Chestnut 68 HD&B

Sonya Thomas 45 HD&B