How many did he eat? The hot dog champion does it again

Chestnut has won the long-running Independence Day contest seven times in a row and 15 out of the last 16 years.

He put away 15-and-a-half more hot dogs than his nearest competitor, Geoffrey Arizona, but well short of his personal record of 76 set last year.

Chestnut was eating through an injury after reaching on crutches with his right leg in a cast, though he told a CNN affiliate WCBS On Friday he felt better than he saw.

In the women’s competition, Mickey Sudo won her eighth championship by slamming 40 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes. Sudo has now won eight of the final nine women’s titles after missing out on last year’s competition while pregnant.

The 2022 edition marked a return to Nathan’s famous spot on Surf Avenue on Coney Island, New York, for the first time since 2019. The competition was moved to the last two years due to COVID-19 concerns.

According to Nathan, legend has it that the first competition of its kind was held on July 4, 1916, as four immigrants competed to show how patriotic they were.