Joey Chestnut wolfed down 54 hot dogs in just 10 minutes on Saturday to retain his mustard-yellow championship belt at Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest.Â This was his fourth consecutive win, and the first in which he didn't have to compete against Takeru Kobayashi.
Kobayashi had won six-straight mustard-yellow belts before he was upset by Chestnut in 2007.Â While 54 hot dogs in 10 minutes is a ridiculous amount of food, nearly 15,000 calories, it was far from the record Chestnut set last year.
At last year's contest, he somehow downed a ridiculous 68 franks.Â He said earlier this week he was hoping to approach the 70-dog mark and break his own record.
Kobayashi didn't compete this year because of contract issues with Major League Eating, the event's organizers.Â Chestnut commented after his win that "If he was a real man, heâ€™d be on the stage."
Chestnut makes roughly $150,000 a year from competitive eating, according to the New York Post.Â He also works as a construction engineer, when he's not stuffing his face.