Man proposes then downs 61 hotdogs
NEW YORK—High-ranking chowhound Joey “Jaws” Chestnut dropped to one knee and proposed to his longtime girlfriend before Friday’s annual hotdog-eating contest.
Then he packed away 61 franks and buns to hold onto his coveted mustard yellow winner’s belt.
But he still easily beat second-place finisher Matt Stonie, also of San Jose, who downed 56.
“Winning was the only option,” the newly-engaged champion said afterward.
“I wasn’t going to taint today with a loss.”
Chestnut took a quick time-out before the annual Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island to make it official with his longtime girlfriend, Neslie Ricasa, who also is a competitive eater.
In the women’s division, defending champ Sonya “Black Widow” Thomas lost her title to Miki Sudo.
Sudo, of Las Vegas, wolfed down 34 franks and buns.
Thomas, of Alexandria, Virginia, devoured 27-and-three-quarters.