So I hung out with Joey Chestnut on Friday in San Francisco. That’s right: hot-dog-scarfing, world-record-holding, small-child-frightening Joey Chestnut, currently ranked #1 by the IFOCE (International Federation of Competitive Eating, Inc). It was pretty awesome.
Our conversation went like this:
ME: How’dya get so good at eating?
JOEY CHESTNUT: I’m the youngest of four boys. Growing up, if you didn’t eat fast, you didn’t eat.
ME: Huh. Will you go eat that side of beef?
JOEY CHESTNUT: No.
It was a fascinating study in restraint. Anyway, really nice guy. And according to Wikipedia, in ten minutes, Joey Chestnut can eat:
- 45 pulled pork sandwiches
- 118 jalapeño poppers
- 68 hot dog with buns
- 130 Krystal hamburgers
- 231 pork gyoza
Daaaang. That’s efficient. It takes me, like, ten minutes to get through a yogurt. [Sigh]