We’re famous for hot dogs. These competitive eaters are famous for eating them – fast.
Hot Dog Eating Contest Record Holders
Surprised to see the great Joey Chestnut up here? Doubt it! But what might surprise you is that while he holds the Hot Dog Eating Contest record, he’s done better. At a qualifier a week before the 2016 contest, he ate 73.5. Yep. Even legends have to qualify!
Fun fact: Joey’s recipe for success? Besides training year round in various eating contests, he fasts for 2-3 days before the Coney Island showdown.
They don’t call her the Black Widow for nothing. When it comes to competitive eating, Sonya Thomas is downright vicious. At the 2012 Hot Dog Eating Contest, she ate her way to a new women’s world record and beat out 10 of 15 male eaters!
Fun fact: This 98-pound champ also holds world records in tater tots, oysters and even turducken. Her other nickname? The Leader of the Four Horsemen of the Esophagus.