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Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest

Nathan's Wall of Fame of contest winners, 2006.
Nathan's Wall of Fame of contest winners, 2006.
Contestants and audience The Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest is an annual American competitive-eating competition, which is run as a publicity gathering event by Shea Communications. It is held each July 4 at Nathan's Famous Corporation's original, and best-known restaurant at the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues in Coney Island, a neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. In 2011 over 40,000 spectators attended the event, and an additional 1.949 million viewers watched it live on ESPN television when Joey Chestnut ate 62 hot dogs and buns.

The contest has gained public attention in recent years due to the sudden stardom of Takeru Kobayashi, his subsequent rivalry with American Joey Chestnut, and the current controversy over Kobayashi's contractual dispute and absence. In the ninety-seventh annual contest, held on July 4, 2012, five-time-defending champion Chestnut won his record-tying sixth title by consuming a record-tying 68 hot dogs and buns (HDBs) in ten minutes. The contest was televised live on ESPN 360 and shall be broadcast on ESPN later in the afternoon due to Wimbledon coverage pre-empting it,[1] which has held the broadcast rights for this event since 2004.[2]


History and traditions

According to legend, on July 4, 1916, four immigrants had a hot dog eating contest at Nathan's Famous stand on Coney Island to settle an argument about who was the most patriotic. However, in 2010 a promoter, Mortimer Matz, claimed to have fabricated this legend with a man named Max Rosey in the early 1970s.[3] The Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest has in fact been held at the original location on Coney Island every year since at least July 4, 1972, in conjunction with Independence Day.[4] July is also National Hot Dog Month, according to an AP article on p. 12 of the June 26, 1961 issue of the Hopkinsville Kentucky New Era. In 1978, a contest was also apparently held on Memorial Day at Nathan's, described as an "annual" occurrence in an article on p. A-9 of the May 30, 1978 issue of the Pittsburgh Press. In 1993, a one-time, one-on-one contest under the Brooklyn Bridge was held between Mike DeVito and Orio Ito.

There is a weigh-in with the Mayor of New York City prior to the contest. On the day of the contest, the contestants arrive in the "bus of champions".

In recent years, guitarist and songwriter Amos Wengler has performed one of the songs he had written for the contest. A person in a hot dog costume dances as Wengler plays. Some of Wengler's compositions are "Hot Dog Time!", "Hot Dogs, Hot Dogs" and "Where is the Belt?" by John Jones.

Starting in 2011, women and men have competed in separate competitions.

The winner of the men's competition is given possession of the coveted international "bejeweled" mustard-yellow belt, which all winners were given prior to 2011. The belt is of "unknown age and value" according to IFOCE co-founder George Shea and rests in the country of its owner. Due to the string of Japanese wins in the first half of the 2000 decade, the belt had been on display in the Imperial Palace in Saitama, Japan, near the Nakazato Danchi campus. In 2007, Chestnut won the first of five consecutive victories in the contest which has kept the belt in the U.S. to the present day. On July 4, 2011, Sonya Thomas won the inaugural Women's Championship and its "bejeweled" pink belt. More than $40,000 in cash prizes were won by Major League Eaters at the 2011 Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Contest.


Only adults 18 years or older who fulfill one of the following four conditions may compete:

  • The defending champion
  • Winners of a regional qualifying contest for that season
  • Qualifying as one of two wildcards (highest two average qualifier scores without winning a single qualifier)
  • Special invitation by IFOCE (see "Controversies" below)

The International Federation of Competitive Eating (IFOCE) has sanctioned the event since 1997. Today, only entrants currently under contract by the IFOCE can compete in the contest.

Rules used in the early years of the contest were different from today's. For example, in past contests minors could compete (Birgit Felden from West Germany was age 17 when she won the 1984 contest.)

During the event, the field of about 20 contestants stands on a raised platform behind a -long table with drinks and Nathan's Famous hot dogs in buns. Most contestants drink water, but other kinds of drinks can and have been used. Condiments are allowed, but are usually not used. The hot dogs themselves are allowed to cool slightly after grilling to prevent possible mouth burns. In the past, whoever consumed (and kept down until the contest had ended) the most hot dogs and buns ("HDBs") in 12 minutes was declared the winner. Starting in 2008, however, the contest has been only 10 minutes due to the idea that the supposed original contest in 1916 was this length. A designated scorekeeper is paired with each contestant. The IFOCE official flips a number board counting the hot dogs consumed. Partially eaten hot dogs count and the granularity of measurement is eighths of a length. Hot dogs still in the mouth at the end of the 10 minutes count only if they are swallowed. Yellow cards can be issued for "messy eating,"[1] and disqualification can occur for "reversal of fortune."[1]

After the winner is declared, a plate with the number of hot dogs eaten by the winner is brought out for photo opportunities.

Qualifying contests

First held nationally in 1993 and internationally in 1997, qualifying contests are used to determine contestants for the July 4th competition. A qualifier winner cannot compete in another qualifier in the same year and no contestant can compete in more than three qualifiers in the same season. Each qualifier can have at most 15 participants (typically first-come first-served). A world record that is broken in a qualifier is official, but the winner does not get to hold the belt.


Winners receive a trophy, two cases of Nathan's Famous hot dogs, the famous Nathan's Belt (yellow for men's competition, and pink for women's competition), and in some years a nonmonetary prize donated by a sponsor. For example, in 2004 Orbitz donated a travel package to the winner.

In 2007, for the first time, cash prizes were awarded to the winners. As of 2011, the total purse of $20,000 was awarded as follows:[5]

  • First Place: $10,000
  • Second Place: $5,000
  • Third Place: $2,500
  • Fourth Place: $1,500
  • Fifth Place: $1,000


Controversies usually revolve around supposed breaches of rules that are missed by the judges. For example, NY1 television news reporter Quinn O'Malley reviewed taped footage of the 1999 contest and noticed that Steve Keiner ate half of a hot dog before the contest had officially begun. The judge, who was standing directly in front of Keiner, missed it – otherwise Keiner would have been disqualified. According to the rules, the judge's word is final, so in this case Keiner took first place despite O'Malley's discovery.

Another controversy occurred in 2003 when former NFL Player William "The Refrigerator" Perry competed as a celebrity contestant. Though he had won a qualifier by eating twelve hot dogs, he ate only four H.D.B.s at the contest, stopping eating completely just five minutes into the competition. On July 1, 2004, at a ceremony following a showing of Crazy Legs Conti's documentary, George Shea stated that the celebrity contestant experiment will likely not be repeated.

At the 2007 contest, the results were delayed to review whether defending champion Takeru Kobayashi had vomited (also known as a "Roman method incident" or "reversal of fortune") in the final seconds of the competition. Such an incident results in the disqualification of the competitor under the rules of the IFOCE. The judges ruled in Kobayashi's favor; a disqualification would have given second place to Patrick Bertoletti. A similar incident occurred during Kobayashi's 2002 title defense when he consumed over fifty hot dogs[6] in a victory over Eric "Badlands" Booker.

Kobayashi did not compete in the contest in 2010 or 2011 due to his refusal to sign an exclusive contract with the event's organizers like he had the previous nine years. In 2010, Kobayashi was arrested after he ran onto the stage after the contest was over. On July 4, 2011, he competed on the rooftop of a Manhattan bar, 230 Fifth, for the duration of the Coney Island contest. Two judges observed Kobayashi while the live broadcast of the event played next to him on a large television screen. Kobayashi claimed to finish 69 hot dogs, one more than the recognized world record and seven more than Chestnut's winning total in the 2011 contest. However, after examining the video footage, it was definitively clear that he fell a number of hot dogs short of the record. "I want to remain free to compete in the events that I want to compete in," Kobayashi said. "Today was a great success."[7] Informed of the number, Major League Eating president George Shea snapped, The champion of the world is crowned in Coney Island. Always has been, always will be. He put a tin crown on his head and called himself king. [8]


Year Winner First HDB/Min Second Third Notes Contest Duration (minutes)
2012 Men's: Joey Chestnut 68 6.80 52.25 51 Chestnut tied his previous record, previously set in 2009. He also became the second person to win six consecutive titles. "Eater X" Tim Janus finished second and "Deep Dish" Patrick Bertoletti finished third. Matt "Megatoad" Stonie took fourth with 44 H.D.B. 10
Women's: Sonya Thomas 45 Thomas set a new women's record
2011 Men's: Joey Chestnut 62 6.20 53 45 Separate competitions are held for women and men for the first time. Chestnut dominates on his way to his fifth straight title, eating 62 H.D.B. Patrick "Deep Dish" Bertoletti finished second with 53, while Tim Janus finished with 45. Sonya Thomas won the inaugural women's event, eating 40 H.D.B. Juliet Lee placed second with 29.5 H.D.B. & rookie Stephanie Torres of Las Cruces, NM took home third with 28.5 H.D.B. Takeru Kobayashi claimed to have eaten 69 H.D.B.s during the contest near the contest, but a separate video appears to reveal that he may have only eaten between 65 and 67 hot dogs. 10
Women's: Sonya Thomas 40 4.00 29.5 28.5
2010 Joey Chestnut 54 5.40 45 37 Six-time former champion, Takeru Kobayashi, was present but had refused to sign a contract with Major League Eating and did not compete. After the contest, Kobayashi was involved in a scuffle with police and was led away in handcuffs. Tim "Eater X" Janus finished second. Pat "Deep Dish" Bertoletti finished third. 10
2009 Joey Chestnut 68 6.80 64 55 Chestnut beat his previous record by eating 68 H.D.B. in ten minutes, nine more than in 2008, setting new event, U.S., and world records. He became the second person to win three consecutive titles. Kobayashi ate 64 H.D.B., setting a Japanese record, & Patrick Bertoletti placed third with 55 H.D.B. Chestnut improved his H.D.B. per minute in 2009's contest to 6.8 from the 5.9 he had in 2008. Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas broke her own female record with 41 H.D.B. 10
2008 Joey Chestnut 59 5.90 59 42 Event, Japanese, U.S., and world records set (59 H.D.B.). First event using new ten-minute time limit and first tie and eat-off since 1980. Chestnut & Kobayashi tie for first with 59 in regulation. In overtime Chestnut is the first to finish a plate of five. Kobayashi, losing by a bite, finishes second, & Tim Janus finishes third with 42. 10
2007 Joey Chestnut 66 5.50 63 49 Having broken the world and U.S. records with 59 H.D.B. at a qualifier contest on June 2, 2007, Chestnut finishes first, setting new event, U.S. and world records (66 H.D.B.); Sonya Thomas, #5, sets female record (39 H.D.B.). 12
2006 Takeru Kobayashi 53 4.50 52 37 Kobayashi, #1, sets event, Japanese and world records (53 H.D.B.); Chestnut, #2, sets U.S. record (52 H.D.B.). 12
2005 Takeru Kobayashi 49 4.08 37 32 Sonya Thomas sets the female and U.S. records (37 H.D.B.) 12
2004 Takeru Kobayashi 53 4.46 38 32 Event, Japanese and world records set; Sonya Thomas sets the female and U.S. records (32 H.D.B.) 12
2003 Takeru Kobayashi 44 3.71 30 29 Sonya Thomas sets the female record (25 H.D.B.) 12
2002 Takeru Kobayashi 50 4.21 26 25 Event, Japanese and world records set.[9] 12
2001 Takeru Kobayashi 50 4.17 31 23 Event, Japanese and world records broken. Event record doubled.[10] 12
2000 Kazutoyo Arai 25 2.08 24 22 Misao "Beast" Fujita, , 24, M.; third - Takako Akasaka, , 22, F.; Takako Akasaka sets the women's record
1999[11] Steve Keiner 20 1.69 19   Before the contest Keiner ate half of a hot dog, but judges missed it. He would have been disqualified had the judges seen it.
1998 Hirofumi Nakajima 19 1.58      
1997 Hirofumi Nakajima 24 2.04     Event, Japanese and world records set; First time that intergovernmental qualifiers were used
1996 Ed Krachie 22 1.85 20   Event, U.S. and world records set.[12] World record was later broken December 4, 1996 by Hirofumi Nakajima (23 ) in a hot dog eating contest in Central Park, also setting the Japanese record.[13]
1995[14] Ed Krachie 19 1.63 19  
1994 Mike Devito 20 1.67    
1993 Mike Devito 17 1.42     First time that qualifying events were used to choose contestants
1992 Frank Dellarosa 19 1.58    
1991 Frank Dellarosa 21 1.79     Event, U.S. and world records set; 1991 event was the 75th annual contest. 12
1990 Mike Devito 16 1.33      
1989 Jay Green 13 1.08      
1988 Jay Green 14 1.17      
1987 Don Wolfman 12 1.00     Record going into contest reported as 17.
1986 Mark Heller 15 1.55     Despite Don Wolfman being listed falsely as the winner in various accounts, the New York Post of July 5, 1986, and The New York Times[15] of July 7, 1986, confirms Heller the winner of the ten-minute contest. According to a Nathan's spokesman, the 70-year record going into the 1986 contest was seventeen by Walter Paul in 1978. 10
1985 Oscar Rodriguez 11 0.98      
1984 Birgit Felden 9 0.81     First female champion and first champion representing a country besides the U.S. (West Germany). 10
1983 Emil Gomez 10 1.05     Although a Luis Llamas of Mexico is sometimes listed as having eaten a then-record 19.5 hot dogs for the 1983 event, this is unconfirmed; a 1987[16] New York Times article states that the record going into the 1987 contest was 17. The real winner in 1983 was likely a 25 year old, 210-pound accountant from the Bronx named Emil Gomez, as he was cited as having won in an AP article on the front page of the July 5, 1983 Lewiston (Maine) Daily Sun. 10
1982 Steven Abrams 11+ 0.95     Independence Day was on a Sunday, and therefore held July 5; Winner ate one bite of a twelfth hot dog. Record going into contest reported as 14(Jim Mattner)
1981 Thomas DeBerry 11 2.20     Winner stopped eating after five minutes to attend a family barbecue.
1980 Paul Siederman
Joe Baldini
9+ 0.90     Siederman and Baldini both ate nine hot dogs plus part of a tenth in ten minutes. Both ate 3 hot dogs in an eat-off, and were declared co-winners. An article on p. 5A of the July 5, 1980 Miami News lists this as the 64th annual contest. 10
1979 Thomas Stash 19     Stash won by downing 19 wieners in a matter of 12 minutes. Impressive by the standards of the day. 12
1978 Walter Paul 17     Event, U.S. and world records set. A Memorial Day contest, also held at Nathan's, is mentioned on p. A-9 of the May 30, 1978 Pittsburgh Press. This event does not appear to have been a qualifier round for the Independence Day contest. In it, an 180-pound 18 year old named Manel Hollenback and a 75-pound 10 year old named Kevin Sinclair tied for first after devouring 10 hot dogs and buns in 6 minutes against 26 other opponents. The article described the Memorial Day competition as an "annual" event.
1974 Roberto Muriel 10     The 3 minute contest was won by a twenty-two-year-old Brooklyn resident [17] 3.5
1972 Jason Schechter 14     The contest lasted for 3 minutes and was won by a Brooklyn collegiate student. The prize was a certificate for forty more hot dogs.[18] 3.5
1916 James Mullen 13     Inaugural contest. Traditionally, Mullen is said to have defeated three other immigrants in a challenge to prove their patriotism. However, according to an AP article on the front page of the July 4, 1980 Rock Hill (South Carolina) Herald, Jimmy Durante, a native of the U.S., competed in the contest, which was judged by Eddie Cantor and Sophie Tucker. No winner, including Mullen, is specifically mentioned in the article. 12

Media coverage


News sources typically use puns in head-lines and copy referring to the contest, such as "'Tsunami' is eating contest's top dog again," "couldn't cut the mustard" (A.P.), "Nathan's King ready, with relish" (Daily News) and "To be frank, Fridge faces a real hot-dog consumer" (ESPN).

Reporter Gersh Kuntzman of the New York Post has been covering the event since the early 1990s and has been a judge at the competition since 2000. Darren Rovell, formerly of ESPN, has competed in a qualifier.[19]

Film, television and Radio

The Nathan's contest has been featured in these documentaries and televisual programs:

The 2000 animated movie Street Fighter Alpha: The Animation, based on the Street Fighter video game series, makes a reference to this event. In a early scene, Sakura decides that she wants to go to the United States to enter a hot dog-eating contest and notch a world record, after which her friend criticizes her decision. She would later change her motivation to martial arts, after seeing a karateka named Ryu take down several thugs with his martial arts skills.

In 2003, ESPN aired the contest on a tape-delayed basis. Starting in 2004, ESPN began covering the contest live. As part of that arrangement, the contest was moved to a 12:40 p.m. start. For 2004, ESPN hired Windfall Productions (Ralph J. Mole, Exec. Producer) who used six cameras, a live New York City crew and a TV mobile unit to produce a one-hour network sports special about the contest. It was hosted by Gary Miller and Richard Shea and was carried live in Times Square on the ABC "Jumbotron". Since 2005, Paul Page has been ESPN's play-by-play announcer for the event, accompanied by color commentator Richard Shea, live at the contest location. In 2011, the women's competition was carried live on ESPN3, followed by the men's competition on ESPN.

Television history
Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator Sideline reporter Viewers
2003 ESPN
2004 ESPN Gary Miller Richard Shea 926,000 viewers[20]
2005 ESPN Paul Page Richard Shea 860,000 viewers[20]
2006 ESPN Paul Page Richard Shea 1.46 million viewers[20][21]
2007 ESPN Paul Page Richard Shea 1.632 million viewers
2008 ESPN Paul Page Richard Shea
2009 ESPN Paul Page Richard Shea 1.340 million viewers[22]
2010 ESPN Paul Page Richard Shea Todd Harris 1.677 million viewers[22]
2011 ESPN Paul Page Richard Shea Rene Herlocker 1.949 million viewers[23]

ABC Radio Network is the only radio source for live coverage of the event which started in 2004.


The competition draws many spectators and worldwide press coverage. In 2007, an estimated 50,000 came out to witness the event.

In June 2004 a three-story-high "Hot Dog Eating Wall of Fame" was erected at the site of the annual contest. The wall lists past records going back to 1984 and has a digital clock, which counts down the minutes until the next contest.

From 1997 to 2006, a Japanese competitor held the belt in every year but 1999. In 2000, the first, second and third places were all taken by Japanese contestants.

Independence Day 2010 arrest

Kobayashi was arrested on July 4, 2010, during the Nathan's International Hot Dog Eating Contest when he exited the police-barricaded spectator pen and entered the stage after the eating had ended. Although he was initially welcomed by co-host George Shea, security and New York City Police Department officers quickly ushered him offstage as he resisted vehemently, hanging on to the barricades and fences before being taken into custody. Though some witnesses report that Kobayashi was attempting to congratulate Chestnut's win,[24] co-host and Major League Eating President Richard Shea, however stated that "[Kobayashi] tried to jump on stage during the awards ceremony to disrupt it."[25] He was charged with resisting arrest, trespassing and obstructing governmental administration.[26] Kobayashi was not participating due to a contract dispute as he refused to sign a contract with Major League Eating that would have barred him from participating in events not sanctioned by the League. In his website, on the contract which he didn't sign said that he cannot eat fast on TV show and competition without their permission. He thought he was refused from all the events.[27]

Tactics and training

Each contestant has his or her own eating method. Takeru Kobayashi pioneered the "Solomon Method" at his first competition in 2001. The method is to break each hot dog in half, eat the two halves at once, then eat the bun. The idea of eating the hot dogs and buns separately was first demonstrated by Kazutoyo Arai and is sometimes called "Tokyo Style" or "Japanesing". One hand is often used for dunking the buns, and the other is used for eating the hot dog.[1]

"Dunking" is the most promenent method used today. Because buns absorb water, many contestants dunk their hot dogs (or just the buns) in water and squeeze them to make them easier to swallow, and slide down the throat more efficiently.[1]

Other methods used include the "Carlene Pop," where the competitor jumps up and down while eating, to force the food down to the stomach.[1] "Buns & Roses" is a similar trick, but the eater sways from side to side instead.[1] "Juliet-ing" is a cheating method in which players simply throw the HDBs over their shoulders.[1]

Contestants train and prepare for the event in different ways. Some fast, others prefer liquid-only diets before the event. Takeru Kobayashi meditates, drinks water and eats cabbage, then fasts before the event. Kevin Lipsitz formerly trained by having eating races with his dogs, but animal rights advocates convinced him to stop. Several contestants, such as Ed Jarvis, aim to be "hungry, but not too hungry" and have a light breakfast the morning of the event.

Recent contest results

2012 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest Top 3 finishers (10 minutes)
Wednesday July 4, 2012
No. Name Hot Dogs
1 Joey "Jaws" Chestnut 68
2 Tim Eater X Janus 52.25
3 Patrick "Deep Dish" Bertoletti 51
2010 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest Top 3 finishers (10 minutes)
Sunday July 4, 2010
No. Name Hot Dogs
1 Joey "Jaws" Chestnut 54
2 Tim Eater X Janus 45
3 Patrick "Deep Dish" Bertoletti 37
2009 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest Top 3 finishers (10 minutes)
Friday July 4, 2009
No. Name Hot Dogs
1 Joey "Jaws" Chestnut (U.S. Record, World Record)
2 Takeru Kobayashi 64.5
3 Patrick "Deep Dish" Bertoletti 55
2008 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest (10 minutes)
Friday July 4, 2008
No. Name Hot Dogs
1 Joey "Jaws" Chestnut (U.S. Record, World Record tie) 59*
2 Takeru "Tsunami" Kobayashi (World Record tie) 59
3 Tim Eater X Janus 42
4 Patrick "Deep Dish" Bertoletti 41
5 Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas 33
6 (tie) Hall "Hoover" Hunt
"Humble" Bob Shoudt
8 Juliet Lee 29
9 (tie) Erik "The Red" Denmark
Juris Shibayama
11 Tim Brown 27
12 Eric "Badlands" Booker 25.5
13 (tie) Patrick Vandam
Rich "The Locust" LeFevre
15 Crazy Legs Conti 24
16 Allan Goldstein 21
17 Pat Philbin 20
18 Nathan Biller 18.5
19 Pete Davekos 18
20 Arturo Rios 16
21 Kevin Ross 14

* - Chesnut won a five-dog eat-off in 50 seconds, seven seconds ahead of Kobayashi. The new record is based on the net hot dogs per minute with the new 10-minute format. Both Chestnut and Kobayashi held the official record jointly until it was surpassed the following year.[28]

2007 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest (12 minutes)
Wednesday July 4, 2007
No. Name Hot Dogs
1 Joey "Jaws" Chestnut (U.S. Record, World Record) 66
2 Takeru "Tsunami" Kobayashi (Japanese Record) 63
3 Patrick "Deep Dish" Bertoletti 49
4 Tim Eater X Janus 43.5
5 Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas (Women's Record) 39
6 "Humble" Bob Shoudt 35
7 Chip Simpson 35
8 Rich LeFevre 31
9 Hall "The Hoover" Hunt 29
10 Juliet Lee 26
11 Dale Boone 25
12 Pat "from Moonachie" Philbin 24
13 Crazy Legs Conti 23.5
14 Erik "The Red" Denmark 23
15 Tim Brown 22.5
16 Arturo Rios, Jr. 21
17 Allen Goldstein 21
2006 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest
Tuesday July 4, 2006
No. Name Hot Dogs
1 Takeru "Tsunami" Kobayashi (World Record, Japanese Record) 54
2 Joey "Jaws" Chestnut (U.S. Record) 52
3 Sonya "Black Widow" Thomas (Women's Record) 37
4 Patrick Bertoletti 34
5 Tim "Eater X" Janus 34
6 Chip "The Phenom" Simpson 33
7 "Humble" Bob Shoudt 30
8 Rich "The Locust" LeFevre 28
9 Eric "Badlands" Booker 24
10 Patrick "from Moonachie" Philbin 23
11 Erik "The Red" Denmark 22
12 Seaver Miller 22
13 Brian Subich 22
14 Crazy Legs Conti 21
15 Allen Davis 20
16 Robert Andersson 20
17 Hall "The Hoover" Hunt 19
18 Kamil "The Camel" Hamersky 18
19 Kenji Oguni 16
20 Jed Donahue 1

2005 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest
Monday July 4, 2005
No. Name Hot Dogs
1 Takeru "Tsunami" Kobayashi 49
2 Sonya "Black Widow" Thomas (U.S. Record, Women's Record) 37
3 Joey "Jaws" Chestnut 32
4 Ed "Cookie" Jarvis 29
(tie) Keiji Oguni 29
6 Rich LeFevre 25
7 Carlene LeFevre 25
8 Ron Koch 23
9 Tim Janus 22
10 Eric Booker 22
(tie) Charles Hardy 22
12 Patrick "Pat From Moonachie" Philbin 20
13 Crazy Legs Conti 19
14 Joe LaRue 18
15 Don Lerman 15
16 Rob Burns 10
2004 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest
Sunday July 4, 2004
No. Name Hot Dogs
1 Takeru Kobayashi (World Record, Japanese Record) 53.5
2 Nobuyuki Shirota 38
3 Sonya Thomas (U.S. Record, Women's Record) 32
4 Rich LeFevre 27.76
5 (tie) Ed Jarvis/Eric Booker 27
7 (tie) Ron Koch/Carlene LeFevre 22
9 (tie) Oleg Zhornitskiy / Jim Reeves 21
11 Joe LaRue 20
12 Allen Goldstein 19
13 (tie) Charles Hardy/Don Lerman/Dale Boone 18

July 4, 2003

  • 1st - Takeru Kobayashi (44 )
  • 2nd - Ed "Cookie" Jarvis (30 , American record)
  • 3rd - Eric "Badlands" Booker (29)
  • 4th - Sonya Thomas (25, women's world record)
  • 20 competitors total. Included William "The Refrigerator" Perry (4 hot dogs)
  • 3,000 spectators in attendance
  • Report

July 4, 2001

  • 1st - Takeru Kobayashi (50, world record)
  • 2nd - Eric "Badlands" Booker (26)
  • 3rd - Oleg Zhornitskiy (25)
  • 20 competitors total

July 4, 2000

  • 1st - Kazutoyo "The Rabbit" Arai (25 , world record)
  • 2nd - Misao "Beast" Fujita, (24)
  • 3rd - Takako Akasaka (22 , women's world record)
  • 4th - Steve Addicks (21)
  • 5th - Charles "Hungry" Hardy (19)
  • Also competed- Steve "The Terminator" Keiner, Ed "The Maspeth Monster" Krachie, Dominic "Hot Dog" Vaccaro.

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