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ESPN Gives Fans a Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Kobayashi vs. Chestnut Nathan's Hot Dog Rivalry


Engorging yourself on pounds of food may seem like it’s reserved for Thanksgiving Day, but for professional eaters, it’s a way of life. Each Fourth of July, Coney Island hosts the infamous Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, which showcases individuals from all over the world shoveling the iconic American staple down their throats in hopes of being crowned champion.  

A new ESPN documentary titled The Good, The Bad, The Hungry gives fans a closer look inside the rivalry between pros Joey “Jaws” Chestnut and Takeru Kobayashi. The Japanese competitor, Kobayashi, single-handedly put professional eating on the map with his revolutionary techniques (like dipping hot dog buns in water), and became seemingly unbeatable at the popular holiday spectacle … until he wasn’t.