By JENNIFER PELTZ and JULIA NIKHINSON
NEW YORK (VFAB) — Frankfurter-munching phenom Joey “Jaws” Chestnut place a protester in a chokehold when gobbling his way to a 15th gain Monday at the Nathan’s Renowned Fourth of July sizzling dog consuming contest, powering down 63 very hot puppies and buns at the annual exhibition of excess.
In a decisive chowdown comeback, women’s record-holder Miki Sudo downed 40 wieners and buns to gain the women’s title following skipping previous year’s frank fest since she was expecting.
A spectator putting on a Darth Vader mask rushed the phase, momentarily disrupting the competitors. Chestnut put the protester in a brief chokehold before contest officials hurried more than and escorted the intruder away.
Yet another protester in a white stormtrooper mask had also snuck at the rear of the rivals and hoisted a indicator saying, “Expose Smithfield’s Deathstar.” Smithfield manufactures Nathan’s popular hotdogs.
Right after the altercation, Chestnut went back to the process at hand: Devouring extra hot pet dogs.
Monday marked the contest’s return to its conventional location exterior Nathan’s flagship shop in Brooklyn’s Coney Island neighborhood. The function was relocated in 2020 and past calendar year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“It’s wonderful to be again here” in entrance of a throng of spectators, Chestnut told ESPN immediately after his feat, which the 38-year-aged managed though carrying a surgical boot mainly because of a leg injuries.
“It hurts, but I was in the zone for a minor bit. I was ignoring it,” stated Chestnut, but the ache sooner or later slowed his rate in the 10-minute competitors.
Past calendar year, the Westfield, Indiana, resident topped his very own history by consuming 76 franks and buns.
Sudo, of Tampa, Florida, set the women’s report at 48 1/2 weiners and buns in 2020, before having last year off while anticipating. She and Nick Wehry — a fellow aggressive eater whom she satisfied by the Nathan’s contest in 2018 — welcomed son Max on July 8, 2021.
From dad’s arms, the infant watched his 36-year-old mother notch her eighth Nathan’s acquire. She instructed ESPN afterward that she hoped he would someday choose a information away from it.
“I want to established an illustration,” she said, “to do matters that you appreciate and press by yourself to your complete limits and, when factors get tough, to continue to give it a test. And, you know, you might truly just come out victorious.”
Sudo then took around parenting responsibilities although Wehry tried out for the men’s title.
In conjunction with the spectacle, Nathan’s donates 100,000 franks to the Foodstuff Bank for New York City.