Nathan’s All Time Hotdog and Bun Leaders
The Nathan’s Hotdog Eating Contest is perhaps the most grueling test of fortitude in sport. The toughest tummies on the planet assemble for a ten minute battle royale of pain, anguish, and focus, all while staring the potential of death directly in the face. Year after year, they line up to weigh their hearts and minds against destiny. Following years of judgement, the best of the best are immortalized, as the Nathan’s all time hotdog and bun leaders.
A good American cookout will prove it takes more than mere mortal to consume such quantities.
The gladiators of the Coney Island Colosseum do battle not for prize,
not out of necessity, nor from a place of servitude.
Not for passing gratification, or to fit in.
No, what they seek is far more valuable than silver or gold, guns and oil, or fame and glory.
They battle to best the only competition that matters,
The Nathan’s competitors compete for pride.
And of course, to indulge in the great American tradition of eating a Nathan’s Famous Hotdog.
When the Coney Island Colosseum gladiators step into the sacred arena on July 4th, do yourself a favor, do something for your pride, and enjoy a Nathan’s Famous Hotdog.
Legend has it the spectacle started as an argument between three immigrants about who was the most patriotic, an argument they settled with a hotdog eating competition at the Famous Nathan’s Hotdog Stand. Hmm, sound a little fishy? That’s because the story was made up by promoter Mortimer “Morty” Matz. Genius marketing is what I say.
Major League Eating (MLE) has sanctioned the event since 1997, and the contest is a long standing American tradition.
For the purpose of this article, the start of “The Modern Era of Competitive Eating” will be defined as the year 2001, when Takeru Kobayashi won his first Nathan’s Hotdog Eating Contest by eating 50 hotdogs and buns, doubling the previous record.
There have been only three champions in the modern era. Kobayashi won the event six times consecutively between 2001-2006, and then Joey Chestnutt began his legacy with 8 consecutive titles before being upset by Matt Stonie in 2015. Chestnutt returned to form in 2016 and 2017, and carries the coveted international mustard yellow belt, of “unknown age and value” into the 2018 event.
Unfortunately, there is no centralized database for the statistics of competitive eaters. So these are unofficial stats, dug up through pure obsession with the contest itself and the sport of competitive eating.
Without further ado, here are the top five Nathan’s all time hotdog and bun leaders from the modern era.
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*Missing Matt Stonie’s 2010 Stats