Joey Chestnut Wins 2024 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest Despite Rival Brand Deal

Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo won the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island in New York on July 4, 2022. Chestnut held an impressive 63 hot dogs while Sudo held 40. These competitive eaters showcased their skills and defended their titles at this iconic event.

Unfortunately, fans of competitive eating will be disappointed to hear that Joey Chestnut will not be participating in the 2024 Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest. Chestnut, who has won the event 16 times and is the eight-time defending champion, recently signed a deal to represent Impossible Foods, a rival vegan brand to Nathan’s.

Organizers at Nathan’s tried their best to accommodate Chestnut, including agreeing to appearance fees and allowing him to compete in a rival unbranded hot dog eating contest on Labor Day. However, Chestnut’s new partnership with a different hot dog brand took precedence over his desire to participate in the competition. This decision led to Chestnut’s exclusion from the 2024 competition as Nathan’s has a requirement for competitors not to endorse any rival brands.

Coney Island has been hosting the hot dog eating contest every Fourth of July since 1979, and it was no surprise that Chestnut was offered a lucrative deal to participate in the 2023 contest after his impressive performance in recent years. Despite these offers and achievements, Chestnut’s decision to represent a rival brand has led him away from the iconic event that has showcased his eating prowess for years.

In conclusion, Joey Chestnut won another Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest but unfortunately will not be back for another year as he signed a deal with Impossible Foods which led him away from competing in the event due to rivalry with Nathan’s brand of hotdog.

By Sophia Gonzalez

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