Scott "Eats a Lot" Atkins ate 20 hot dogs in 4:59 to win the first prize of $1000 in an eating contest held July 4 in Yakima, WA.
Naader Reda and Kevin Ross tied for first place in Paul's Pantry cinnamon roll eating contest in Mission Viejo, CA on July 4.

2022 Men’s Nathan’s Famous contest

Official results

1st 63 Joey “Jaws” Chestnut attacked by stage crasher during contest
2nd 47.5 Geoffrey Esper
3rd 41 James Webb UK Commonwealth Nathan’s finals record
4th 40 Nick Wehry
5th 33.5 Pat “Deep Dish” Bertoletti 1st finals since 2012
6th 29.5 Pablo Martinez
7th 29 Derek Hendrickson
7th 29 Gideon Oji
7th 29 Juan “more bite” Rodriguez
7th 29 Bartley Weaver, IV
11th 28 George Chiger
11th 28 Adam “Beard Meats Food” Moran
13th 27 Steve “The Rabbit” Hammond
14th 25.5 Derek Jacobs
15th 25 Ronnie “MegaByte” Hartman
16th 20 Brett “The Branimal” Healey plans to retire after contest

Joey Chestnut was rushed by a stage crasher, but still managed to defend his title.

For people who lack ESPNews, DutchMazz is running a live video from the top of the Coney Island subway station. Tim “Eater X” Janus was on the bus of champions, perhaps he will compete.

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2022 Nathan’s womens contest

Official results

1st 40 Miki Sudo 1st parent in 21st century to be top male or female
2nd 26 Michelle “Cardboard Shell” Lesco
3rd 23.25 Sarah “Unstoppable Bab” Rodriguez
4th 15 Larell Marie “The Real Deal” Mele
5th 13.75 Katie Prettyman
6th 12.25 Sophia Devita
7th 11 Jocelyn Walker
8th 10.25 Holly Titus
9th 8.5 Kathryn Tesch
10th 7.5 Rene Rovtar
11th 7 Julie Goldberg
12th 5 Prudence DiBenedetto
13th 4 Catie Livermore

Miki Sudo will look to become the first parent with the top male or female total in the Nathan’s Famous finals in the 21st century. All of the other previous top finishers since 2001: Takeru Kobayashi, Joey Chestnut, Matt Stonie, Sonya Thomas have been childless. There do not appear to be any surprises with the field. w

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The website for Matt Stonie's new restaurant Stonie Bowls has been launched at https://www.stoniebowls.com/. There are about 30 locations in the Los Angeles area and northeast United States, which all appear to be delivery only.
Paul's Pantry in Mission Viejo, CA will hold a cinnamon roll eating contest on July 4 awarding $1000/$500/$100.

Eater X, injured Joey Chestnut at weigh in

The Nathan’s weigh in was held today. Joey Chestnut was in crutches. He made a instagram post on December 29 about a leg injury requiring surgery. Tim “Eater X” Janus was present; it was not clear if he will be a competitor. His last eating contest was in October 2015.

update The official field is now out. There are no major surprises. Beard Meats Food will compete and Tim Janus will not make a comeback. Instead of doing a blog entry for each article about the competitors. I will have links to all the coverage of the confirmed entrants below

Geoff Esper
Nick Wehry
Gideo Oji
Pat Bertoletti
Ronnie Hartman
Brett Healey intends to retire from competitive eating after Nathan’s
Juan Rodriguez
Steve Hammond
Bartley Weaver, IV
James Webb
Adam “Beard Meats Food” Moran
George Chiger
Derek Hendrickson
Pablo Martinez
Derek Jacobs

Miki Sudo
Michelle Lesco
Katie Prettyman
Sarah Reinecke Rodriguez
Sophia DeVita
Larell Marie Mele
Jules Golberg
Holly Titus
Jocelyn Walker
Rene Rovtar
Prudence DiBenedetto
Catie Livermore

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2022 Z-burger eating contest

update WTOP has an article

Results from live video
1 Molly Schuyler 37 burgers, 8th victory in row
2 Dan Kennedy 36
3 Joel Hansen 26
4 Andrew Puhl 23
5 Sean Yeager 19
6 Dave Brunelli 17
7 Andy Krawczyk 16
8 Dan Rock 10
9 Hallie Weinstein 6

The contest is currently underway and can be viewed on youtube.

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The Dromedary Bar in Brooklyn will hold a hot dog eating contest July 4 awarding $300 to the winner.
ESPN has a press release about its telecast of the 2022 Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest. The men's contest will be live on ESPNews while the women's contest will be streamed on ESPN3 while ESPNews shows Sportscenter. (The two main ESPN channels will be showing Wimbledon.) John Anderson will replace Mike Golic Jr. as Rich Shea's broadcast partner.
Seaside Signal has an article about Cameron McKirdy taking on Eric "Badlands" Booker and 6 other lemonade drinkers in the chugging undercard contest for the July 4 Coney Island hot dog eating championship. Booker's participation in the chugging contest probably implies that he will not be competing in the hot dog eating contest. This will be McKirdy's first MLE event since July 2010.

Possible 2022 Nathan’s finals field

The official field for the 2022 Nathan’s Famous hot dog eating contest has yet to be released. Last year, the entrant list was not announced until July 4. Here is how the roster could shape up:

Previous Champions bye: Joey Chestnut, Matt Stonie (might not compete)
Miki Sudo, Michelle Lesco

Qualfied: James Webb, Pablo Martinez, Derek Hendrickson, Pat Bertoletti, Ronnie Hartman, Derek Jacobs
Prudence DiBenedetto, Rene Rovtar, Catie Livermore

Probable Byes: Geoff Esper, Nick Wehry, Gideon Oji, Darron Breeden (will probably miss due to birth of son)
Sarah Rodriguez, Larell Marie Mele, Katie Prettyman, Sophia DeVita-Gutierrez

Possible Byes: Max Suzuki, Ricardo Corbucci, Steve Hammond, Adrian Morgan, Adam “Beard Meats Food” Moran, Bartley Weaver, George Chiger, Brett Healey, Juan Rodriguez
Holly Titus, Jocelyn Walker, Kelly Wong, Kathryn Tesch, Mary Bowers

When the contest was originally fannounced, the field sizes were given as 16 men and 12 women.

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Fish Tales in Ocean City, MD will hold a hot dog eating contest for amateurs on July 4 awarding $1000 to the winner.

Webb, Bertoletti, Corbucci enter MLE top 50

The MLE top 50 has been updated for the first time in about a year. The new top 12:

1. Joey Chestnut
2. Geoff Esper
3. Miki Sudo
4. Nick Wehry
5. Matt Stonie
6. Darron Breeden
7. Gideon Oji
8. Max Suzuki
9. Michelle Lesco
10. James Webb
11. Pat Bertoletti
12. Ricardo Corbucci

James Webb, Pat Bertoletti and Ricardo Corbucci are the only new entrants, replacing Juan Neave, Gordon Hazzard and Rich LeFevre. I think Australian James Webb is the first non-American or Japanese to make the top 10. Katina DeJarnett and Ryan “Max Carnage” Rodacker are surprising omissions.

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Janns Marketplace in Thousand Oaks, CA will hold a pie eating contest on July 4 awarding $300 to the winner.

Bertoletti, Rene Rovtar win BBQ in DC Nathan’s qualifier

The top 3 men and women from today’s Nathan’s qualifier at Giant National Capital BBQ Battle in Washington, DC. The top 3 men and women advance to the finals.

1 Pat Bertoletti 40, 1st Nathan’s qualifier since April 21, 2012
2 Ronnie Hartman 29.5
3 Derek Jacobs 27

1 Rene Rovtar 6.5
2 Prudence DiBenedetto 5
3 Catie Livermore 2.8

update
Mac Stoddard has a video. Crazy Legs Conti and Buffalo Jim Reeves also competed. Mike Whities had to miss the contest for work. George Chiger and Jules Goldberg might have received byes.

Catie Livermore’s 2.8 hot dogs is a record low qualifying total, breaking a tie for 3 by:
Lauren Gallagher, Foxborough, MA 2011
Meghan Drake, Valdosta, GA 2017

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Eric "Badlands" Booker drank a liter of Mountain Dew to receive a record from Guinness World Records.
The MLE twitter has posted the field for Saturday's Nathan's Famous hot dog eating qualifier at the Giant National Capital BBQ Battle in Washington, DC. Pat Bertolett will return to Nathan's after an almost 10 year absence. Other listed entrants include Ronnie Hartman, Derek Jacobs, Jim Reeves, Darrien Thomas, Crazy Legs Conti, Prudence Di Benedetto and Rene Rovtar.
Joey Chestnut will attend a chicken basket eating contest held during the July 3 NYCFC soccer game at Yankee Stadium. n
Hurricane, WV will hold a hot dog eating contest on July 4 awarding $500/$250/$100 to the top 3 finishers.
The following people have announced on twitter that they will compete in Saturday's Nathan's qualifier at the Giant National Capital BBQ Battle in Washington, DC: George Chiger, Crazy Legs Conti, Prudence DiBenedetto, Jules Goldberg, Ronnie Hartman, Mike Whities.
Congratulations to Darron Breeden and his wife Caroline, who are expecting the birth of their son in early July. There has been speculation that he will miss the Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest next month; this would be the reason for his absence.
So Cool Italian Icee in Sumter, SC will hold an Italian ice eating contest on July 3 awarding $500 to the winner.

GamblingSites.com Nathan’s preview

GamblingSites.com has a preview of the Nathan’s finals for bettors. The following odds for the men’s field are given:

oey Chestnut (-2500) (bet $2500 to win $100)
Geoffrey Esper (+700) (bet $100 to win $700)
Nick Wehry (+1000)
Darron Breeden (+1200)
Gideon Oji (+2000)

Matt Stonie is not listed.

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James Webb wins Alameda County Fair Nathan’s qualifier

update Derek Hendrickson, Safeway and Misty Family Vlogs have videos. KCBS has a radio segment

The top 6 men from today’s Nathan’s qualifier at the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton, CA (top 3 qualify for finals)
1 James Webb 41.5
2 Derek Hendrickson 28.75
3 Pablo Martinez 28.5
4 Erik Denmark 25
5T Gabriel Lucas 7
5T BJ Thompson 7

Austalia’s James Webb broke the UK Commonwealth Nathan’s record previously held by Adam “Beard Meats Food” Moran (32)

There were not female entrants according to Pablo Martinez

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