Nathan’s Famous hot dogs. The world’s top competitive eaters. Ten minutes to glory. It all goes down on the Fourth of July at the corner of Surf and Stillwell.
THE DESIRE TO TAKE HOME THE MUSTARD BELT ENDS IN WORLD RECORD PERFORMANCE
Rising eaters hungry for the taste of victory challenge our defending champions, but cannot de-throne them.
JOEY AND MIKI STILL RIDING HIGH ON TOP OF THE HOT DOG THRONE
Another year, another Mustard Belt for Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo! The veteran champions were able to withstand the tough competition and come out victorious in the 2018 Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest.
Coming into the big event, rising star Carmen Cincotti looked to over throw the 10-time champion and take home his first title. But Joey was determined to add another win to his impressive competitive eating résumé. Not only did he win his eleventh title, but he broke his own world record, eating 74 hot dogs in ten minutes. This astonishing performance only further solidified his place in Nathan’s Famous history.
On the women’s side, Miki remained dominant. Despite the high heat, she was able to fend off the hungry competition of Michelle Lesco and Juliet Lee. With this victory, Miki brought home her fifth consecutive title.
Thanks to all of our competitors and everyone who celebrated the Fourth of July with us. We’ll see you soon on the 2019 Road to Coney!
So close, you can almost taste it. Check out these behind-the-scenes photos of the 2018 Hot Dog Eating Contest.
Chasing the Mustard Belt
The chase for the Mustard Belt is on. Learn all about the eaters, the major storylines, the drama and the lore of the world’s most famous eating contest. Watch our Chasing the Mustard Belt video series.
Joey did what he does best: eat! In world record fashion, he won his 11th Mustard Belt. A true legend. Enjoy the hot dog glory, Joey!
Fun fact: The former construction manager turned pro eater has made a career out of bulldozing the competition. From hot dogs, to apple pie, to burritos, he holds 40 eating records! The only thing he won’t touch? Kale.
It was another dominant performance from Miki! She continues to set Coney Island records as the only woman to be a five-peat champion. Cheers to our champion, Miki!
Fun fact: Joey “Jaws” Chestnut. Matt “Megatoad” Stonie. Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas. Miki Sudo. Of all the elite Nathan’s eaters, she’s the only one without a nickname. “Never have. Never will,” she says. We can respect that.