Nathan’s hot dog eating contest crowns new champion after Joey Chestnut’s absence

Chestnut had established himself as the top contender in the gastronomic competition, but in 2024, it was Patrick Bertoletti who emerged as the winner.

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Concurso de comer hot dogs Patrick Bertoletti stuffs hot dogs into his mouth during the men's division in Nathan's Famous Fourth of July hot dog eating contest, Thursday, July 4, 2024, at Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Bertoletti ate 58 hot dogs. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson) (Julia Nikhinson/AP)

Among the many emblematic events celebrated on this Independence Day in the United States, the famous Nathan’s hot dog eating contest can never be missing. At the flagship restaurant of the chain on Surf Avenue and Stillwell corner in Coney Island, New York, a new champion has been crowned this morning, following the surprising disqualification of Joey Chestnut a few weeks ago.


With an impressive record of 16 victories, Chestnut has established himself as the top competitor in the gastronomic contest, but in 2024, it was Patrick Bertoletti who emerged as the winner.


Who is the new champion of Nathan's hot dog eating contest?

Born in Chicago, Patrick Bertoletti emerged as the winner of this year's contest by consuming 58 hot dogs and buns, surpassing his personal record. Behind him on the podium were Geoffrey Esper with 53, and the Australian James Webb with 52.

Bertoletti also holds the world records for 47 slices of pizza in 10 minutes and almost 2 kilos of chicken wings in 8 minutes.

"I was not going to stop eating until I finished the job," said Bertoletti after winning the contest. "I was able to unlock something in me that I don't know where it came from but I'm not complaining," added the Chicago native, who was ranked 9th in the world in the discipline before the contest.

Chestnut, the champion and most famous practitioner of this sport as he holds a Guinness World Record for eating 76 hot dogs, had been banned from participating in this year's contest after signing a sponsorship contract with a vegan food brand, which is a competitor of Nathan's in the market.

Nathan’s contest challenges participants to devour as many hot dogs and buns as possible within the strict 10-minute time limit. Most top-ranking competitors use the ‘dunk-and-shove’ technique, which involves dunking the hot dog and bun in liquid to soften them and even turn them into a liquid consistency, allowing them to be swallowed without wasting time chewing.


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