Posts Tagged ‘Hot Dog-Eating Contest’

Hot Dog Eating Contest. God Bless America.

July 3, 2016

Hot Dog Eating Contest: God Bless America

Matt Stonie vs Joey Chestnut. Miki Sudo vs Sonya Thomas. It’s the 100th annual Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest.

Or is it?

“Showmen behind Nathan’s annual Fourth of July hot dog eating contest have long claimed the tradition began in 1916 as a showdown between patriotic immigrants on the Coney Island boardwalk.

That would make this Monday’s contest a centennial, except for an inconvenient truth: The contest and its backstory were invented in the 1970s by PR men trying to get more attention for Nathan’s, which had just become a publicly traded company.

‘Our objective was to take a photograph and get it in the New York newspaper,’ acknowledges Wayne Norbitz, who served as president of Nathan’s for 26 years and still sits on the board of directors.

Norbitz is careful to say that the company’s source for the 1916 story is ‘legend has it.’ He says the first contest actually happened in 1972, and the early chowdowns were all small, sparsely attended affairs.

‘We’d honestly wait for a couple of fat guys to walk by and ask them if they wanted to be in a hot dog contest,’ he says.”

— “Behind famed hot dog contest, a whopper of a legend,” Michael Balsamo, Associated Press

More:

“Competitive Hot-Dog Eaters Have Made America Great Again,” Walt Hickey, FiveThirtyEight

“The Aspiring Writer Who Became an Eating-Contest Emcee,” Ross Arbes, The New Yorker

Related:

“An ode to America’s favorite summer food — the hot dog,” Bruce Kraig, Washington Post

Update:

“Joey Chestnut eats 70 hot dogs, 17 more than Matt Stonie, to win Nathan’s title,” Michael Balsamo, Associated Press

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Stomach Upset: Challenger Wins Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest

July 5, 2015

Stomach Upset: Challenger Wins Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest

At this year’s Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest, eight-time winner Joey “Jaws” Chestnut was defeated by Matt “Megatoad” Stonie, who scarfed 62 dogs in 10 minutes to Chestnut’s 60. The takedown wasn’t completely unexpected; last year, Rolling Stone‘s James Montgomery called Matt Stonie “The Future of Competitive Eating.”

The new champ, 23 years old and 120 lbs., attends Mission College in Santa Clara, California. He’s majoring in nutrition and plans to become a dietitian. “A lot of people say it’s ironic,” he told Molly Vorwerck of the Mercury News.“I think a lot of it is you kind of have to have an interest in food….”

Related:

“Joey Chestnut is focused on gobbling wieners after splitting from fiancee,” Beckie Strum, New York Post

“Why would someone eat 50 hot dogs?” Robert Pursell, PBS Newshour

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