Joey Chestnut wins 15th Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, puts protester in headlock mid-competition

The hot dog eating competition saw multiple scarf-down smackdowns including Chestnut's restraining of a protester in Darth Vader garb.

Joey “Jaws” Chestnut, 38, scarfed down 63 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes at this year’s Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, successfully defending his hold of the Mustard Belt. The annual competition occurred on Independence Day at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York.

The contest was a big-time comeback to the traditional location at Nathan’s flagship shop. Since the hit of the COVID-19 pandemic, the tournament has held its last two competitions in different places.