How many eating records does Joey Chestnut hold? The undisputed king of pounding down Nathan's hot dogs has been the man to beat when it comes to eating tons of processed meat products in a limited amount of time.
And while many are familiar with the name, especially in the world of competitive eating, not many know just how much of a gluttonous pedigree the current champ holds.
How many world records does Joey Chestnut have?
The answer is staggering: 46. If that number doesn't mean much to you, allow Major League Eating to properly communicate the significance of this figure, especially in the world of competitive eating: "Joey Chestnut is the greatest eater in history. That is not empty editorializing or bloviating. That is empirical fact."
Probably the craziest part of Chestnut's eating record is that it spans a variety of different foods with different textures, flavor profiles, and nutritional compositions. The 6'1, 230 pound American eating phenom was the first to dethrone Takeru Kobayashi in 2007 at Nathan's famous Fourth of July hot dog eating contest. For eight years after that, he held the belt, then regained it again in 2016 after losing out to Matt Stonie.
Here are some of the foods that Chestnut holds world records for:
- Nathan's hot dogs: 74 dogs and buns in 10 minutes.
- Hard-boiled eggs: 141 in 8 minutes.
- Glazed donuts: 55 in 8 minutes.
- Pulled pork sandwiches: 45 in 10 minutes.
- Taco Bell soft shell beef tacos: 53 in 10 minutes
- Chicken wings (long form): 182 in 30 minutes.
- Krystals hamburgers: 103 in 8 minutes.
- Shrimp wontons: 390 in 8 minutes.
- Mutton Sandwiches (4 oz.): 81 sandwiches in 10 minutes.
- Twinkies: 121 in 6 minutes.
- Tamales: 102 in 12 minutes.
- Grilled cheese sandwiches: 47 in 10 minutes.
- Gyoza: 384 in 10 minutes.
- Pastrami sandwiches, Katz, half portion: 25 7oz sandwiches in 10 minutes.
- Ice-cream sandwiches: 25.5 in 6 minutes.
- Hostess donettes: 257 in 6 minutes.
- Pierogi: 165 in 8 minutes.
- Sausage and cheese kolaches: 56 in 8 minutes.
- Croquetas: 185 in 8 minutes.
- Pepperoni rolls: 43 in 10 minutes.
Probably the most impressive world record that Joey Chestnut holds is that he holds more world records than anyone. That's right, he's the world record world record holder. Granted, they're all for eating, but just because you can pound a lot of your grandmother's cooking during Thanksgiving doesn't mean you've got what it takes to be a competitive eater.
What inspired Chestnut to first go after Kobayashi was an episode of Man vs Beast where the former hot dog title holder from Japan tried to out-eat a Kodiak bear. After seeing Takeru lose to the animal, Chestnut got it in his head that there was some "quit" in Takeru and he kept driving forward to beat him. And beat him he did.
How much does Joey Chestnut make a year?
As it turns out, you can make a pretty penny from being a competitive eater and when you're as active as Joey Chestnut, it's a really pretty penny. As of 2019, the man holds a reported net worth of $900,000, and that's not counting unknown sponsorship deals and one-offs, so his actual net worth could be well into a million or millions.
As far as career earnings go, Chestnut does fairly well for himself. In 2014 alone, he made $230,000. Nathan's pays $10k every July 4th, and he's won that contest a whopping 11 times. In 2019, Chestnut has already made $16,500 from eating contests alone, but many believe the real money he gets, again, are from the companies that sponsor him to engorge himself at these events.
The man's endorsements include: Hooters, Hostess, Coney Island IPA, and Pepto Bismol (appropriate). You'd figure the man would have a huge social media following, but it's pretty modest by most Influencer standards. If you compare the number of subscribers to his channel as opposed to someone like Matt Stonie, it's clear that Joey's more about that competition, than influencer/media personality life.
Chestnut's looking to break last year's record of 74 hot dogs and buns when he enters Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest in 2019. If anyone has got what it takes to do it, it's this food-pummeling juggernaut.