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The Hot Dog Eating Contest

Nathan’s Famous hot dogs. The world’s top competitive eaters. Ten minutes to glory. It all goes down on the Fourth of July at the corner of Surf and Stillwell.

Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, 2021

2021 Mustard Belt Victories

Raise Your Franks to the 2021 Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest Champs Michelle Lesco and Joey Chestnut!

Hall of Fame
Joey Chestnut
76 Hot Dogs

Surprised to see the great Joey Chestnut up here? Doubt it! The 14-time champ broke his own world record in the 2020 contest, eating 76 hot dogs in 10 minutes! There’s no doubt in our mind who’s the king.

Michelle Lesco
30.75 Hot Dogs

Michelle Lesco is the #9-ranked eater in the World by Major League Eating (men and women combined)! She claimed her first Nathan’s Famous championship in 2021 with 30.75 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes.

2022 Hot Dog Eating Contest

Approximately 35,000 fans are estimated to convene on the corner of Surf and Stillwell avenues in Coney Island to watch the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest in person. Millions more watch the ESPN telecast of the contest.

World Champion Joey Chestnut currently holds the title of hot dog-eating world champion after setting a new world record of 76 hot dogs and buns in 2021. Last year’s female champion, Michelle Lesco, will defend her title from top-ranked female Miki Sudo, who has returned from maternity leave. Miki’s all-time best is 48.5 Nathan’s Famous hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes.

Those interested in competing in a qualifying event should visit to obtain information and register. All competitors must be over 18 years of age.

Photo Gallery

So close, you can almost taste it. Check out these behind-the-scenes photos of the 2020 Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contests.

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Chasing the Mustard Belt

The chase for the Mustard Belt is on. Learn all about the eaters, the major storylines, the drama and the lore of the world’s... Watch our Chasing the Mustard Belt video series.

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Chasing the Mustard Belt – Coney Island Atmosphere

There is nothing quite like the atmosphere of the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest.

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Chasing the Mustard Belt – Training

Greatness comes from preparation. Joey Chestnut knows what it takes to get the job done on the ...

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Chasing the Mustard Belt – Technique

It all comes down to technique when the belt is on the line. Joey Chestnut and George Shea take...

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