Joseph Christian Chestnut is a competitive eater from the United States. Major League Eating presently ranks him top in the globe. He was born in California and now lives in Westfield, Indiana. Chestnut stands 6 feet 0 inches tall and weighs 230 pounds.
The Early life of Joey Chestnut
Joey Chestnut was born Joseph Christian Chestnut on November 25, 1983, in Fulton County, Kentucky, to middle-class parents. He was one of six siblings. His father abandoned the family when he was two years old. As a result, his mother raised him and his siblings on her own. He later relocated to San Jose with his family and enrolled in a high school there.
He ate a lot as a child. He enjoyed his mother's food and frequently gorged on her homemade spaghetti. He had a fast metabolism. As a result, he could eat a lot without becoming obese.
He grew up in San Jose and attended ‘San Jose University' to study civil engineering. He desired to work in the construction industry. However, he quickly learned about eating contests and concluded his ability lay elsewhere.
He did not have enough money at college to eat anything he wanted. As a result, whenever he returned home from college, he ate a lot of the cuisine that his mother made for him, which he adored. In 2005, his brother saw this and invited Joey to compete in an eating contest, which turned out to be a life-changing experience for him.
How Did He Begin His Career?
Joey competed in his first eating contest in 2005 while studying at ‘San Jose University.' It was a deep-fried asparagus eating contest held nearby. He emerged as a dark horse throughout the battle, defeating the ultimate favored candidate, Rich LeFevre, by swallowing 6.3 pounds of deep-fried asparagus in less than 12 minutes.
He appreciated the whole atmosphere of the eating contest. Soon after, he earned the confidence to compete in a famous hot-dog-eating contest known as ‘Nathan's International Hot Dog Eating Contest' that year. He finished third in the tournament after eating 32 hot dogs. Later that year, in another eating competition, he established a new world record by consuming 32.5 grilled cheese sandwiches in 10 minutes. He continued to compete in eating contests and rose to prominence.
He took part in “Nathan's Contest” once more in 2006 after completing the requirement to enter the competition by devouring 50 hot dogs with buns. The current champion and one of the top competitors in the competition was Takeru Kobayashi. It was predicted that Joey would easily defeat Kobayashi. The race was very closely contested. Joey took most of the time to lead the competition. But in the end, Kobayashi won because he consumed slightly more than 53 hot dogs as opposed to Joey's 52.
After that, Joey and Kobayashi took part in the Wisconsin-based “Johnsonville World Bratwurst Eating Championship.” Kobayashi defeated Joey by devouring 58 bratwurst sausages in 10 minutes to win this competition.
By 2007, Joey Joey Chestnut had taken part in a number of competitions and had won the Philadelphia-based “Wing Bowl XV” competition. In the same competition, he had also broken a record by consuming 182 chicken wings in 30 minutes. He made an appearance in a “YouTube” video that same year in which he was shown downing a gallon of milk in only 41 seconds.
In “Nathan's Contest,” which was held in Brooklyn, New York, in 2007, Joey and Kobayashi were competing once more. Joey outate Kobayashi by three, finishing 66 hot dogs in the allotted time, to win the competition. Additionally, it was Kobayashi's first loss in the competition in six years.
103 “Krystal Hamburgers” were consumed by Joey Chestnut in October 2007 in the “World Hamburger Eating Championship” held in Tennessee, breaking both his own and the world record.
He won twice in 2008, including the “Wing Bowl XVI,” where he consumed 241 chicken wings in 30 minutes. In doing so, he broke a world record. After consuming 78 matzo balls during the “World Matzoh Ball Eating Championship” in Houston, Texas, he set a new world record.
He faced Kobayashi once more on June 21, 2008, in a pizza-eating competition that was broadcast on “Spike TV.” Kobayashi took home the prize. He tied with Kobayashi in the same year's “Nathan's Hot Dog Contest” after consuming 59 hot dog buns in 10 minutes.
He broke the world record in 2010 by consuming 380 shrimp wontons in 8 minutes. He then consumed 37 pieces of pizza in 10 minutes to win the “Upper Crust Pizza Eating Championship.”
He won “Nathan's” sixth straight hot-dog-bun-eating competition in July 2011 after consuming 62 of them. Kobayashi didn't compete, but he did take part in a separate event where he ate 69 hot dog buns, beating Joey in a roundabout way and breaking a world record.
In 2012, Joey Chestnut ate 191 wings in 12 minutes to win the “National Buffalo Wing Festival” in Buffalo, New York. He kept his “Nathan's Annual Hot Dog Eating Championship” title by eating 68 hot dog buns in 10 minutes. The following year, he ate 69 hot dog buns to set a new record.
He kept winning in 2013, and by the end of the year he had won the “Hillshire Farm Bratwurst Eating World Championship” and the “Hooters World Wing-Eating Championship.”
In July 2014, he ate 61 hot dogs and won Nathan's contest again. In 2015, when he lost to Matt Stonie, his run of wins came to an end. But in the next four “Nathan's” contests, he won all of them, so he kept the title. So far, he has won the tournament a total of 12 times.
What Is the Net Worth of Joey Chestnut?
It may not be glamorous to be a competitive eater, but it can pay pretty well.
Celebrity Net Worth says that Chestnut's net worth in 2022 will be about $2.5 million. Every year, the winner of the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, which Chestnut has won 14 times, gets $10,000.
The site also says that the best competitive eaters can easily make $500,000 a year between winnings and sponsorships.
Joey Chestnut once said that he exercises himself by drinking plenty of milk, water, and protein supplements. His motivation for participating in such contests, he claims, stems from his desire to test his body and intellect.
Joey Chestnut had a lengthy relationship with Neslie Ricasa before proposing to her in 2014. However, the pair split up in 2015, soon before their wedding.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Joey Chestnut endorsement?
Joey Chestnut has received various endorsements from a range of industries, most of which are food-related. Chestnut has endorsed Hooters, Hostess, Coney Island IPA, and even Pepto Bismol on social media.
How much does Joey Chestnut weigh?
Joey Chestnut's weight of 230 pounds is somewhat unexpected. He does, however, have an aggressive training routine that helps him maintain his weight. With all of the food he consumes and the amount of time he spends eating it, his exercises must be rather tough in order for him to maintain a reasonably normal weight.
In 2021, how many hot dogs did Joey Chestnut eat?
At the 2021 Nathan's contest, Chestnut set a new record for the most hot dogs eaten in 10 minutes, with 76 in total. Chestnut set the previous record of 75 in the competition's 2020 version.